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LOOK, check out our upcoming events in TESTBED1 and The Doodle Bar:

TESTBED1 + The Doodle Bar: Friday night doodles, burgers and cocktails
7pm until midnight.
Free admission.

Street Kitchen will be continuing the Friday night feasting – cooking up their own line of juicy burgers using 100% UK sourced produce. Expect smoked salmon fillet burgers, crispy chicken and bacon burgers, and ofcourse a very fine beef burger. Perfect to go with our doodlicious cocktails.

TESTBED1: Street Kitchen hosts Riverford Organic Sunday Lunches
Sunday 29th April, Sunday 6th April and possibly every Sunday after that!
Tickets: here £25 adults, £9 children (ages 4 – 12 years).

This Spring Street Kitchen brings the farm to London, hosting a series of pop-up organic sunday lunches. Featuring 100% organic British Produce from award winning Riverford Organic. Share a fabulous roast with friends and family on long communal tables and let the brilliant Sharky & George entertain the kids.

The Doodle Bar will be open every Sunday for those with and without lunch tickets.

The Doodle Bar: Burlesque Life Drawing
Tuesday 1st May 7pm for an 8pm start. Continues every first Tuesday of the month.
Tickets: £12 on the door £10 for students.

London College of Fashion drawing teacher Sue Dray leads a burlesque drawing soiree. There will be models dressed as burlesque dancers and the cocktails will be flowing.  All welcome, come and draw! Drawing materials will be provided for a donation.


TESTBED1 OPEN BOOK: RCA Performance and Live Art Work
Thursday 3rd May 7.00pm – 9.30pm.
Free admission.

This show brings together ‘work made live’ from across the Royal College of Art. Taking place in the atmospheric warehouse space at TESTBED1, the evening explores a diversity of performance work. There is considerable renewed interest in this subject world wide and this is reflected across all the subject areas in post-graduate study at the RCA, with young designers as well as fine artists involved. The evening showcases wide approaches which include body work, durational performances, spoken word, story-telling, live installation and sculpture, rituals, and participatory practice.

TESTBED1: Laurie Preece presents Limber Gym
Exhibition runs from 10th May until 13th May 11am – 6pm. Private View 10th May 6-9pm.
Free admission.

Limber Gym is a workout: a work in progress, a passage (in a passage), a prototype, a proposition. It is all or nothing, It is the raised bar. It is how to, when to, don’t do. Promenade amongst the colonnades and nice tiling of TESTBED1. “Just looking” is OK.


TESTBED1: Tomax Talks  – Fashion and Fantasy: Whats in vogue and why does it matter?
Wednesday 16th May 7pm.
Tickets: here £10 earlyish bird £12 otherwise.

ToMax talks are about accomplished speakers sharing their experience and vision. Informative and fun, and with the careful juxtaposition of original voices, their talks revive the art of story-telling. The evenings are intimate, with plenty of opportunity to join in the discussion and meet the speakers.

Speakers at the Fashion and Fantasy talk will be:

Alexandra Shulman – Editor of Vogue UK
Tessa Edwards – Futuristic Designer
Jas Sehmbi – Less is more bag designer

The Doodle Bar: Filling Out Forms – an exhibition of recent paintings by artist and illustrator Will Marshall
Exhibition runs from 15th May until 20th May (usual Doodle Bar opening times, see below). Private View Tuesday 15th May 7pm – 11pm.
Free admission.

Once described as ‘the kind of paintings you could imagine being on display in a gallery in a cartoon’, Will Marshall’s pieces reference classical composition and pose, using a bold and graphic style that amuses and entertains.

TESTBED1: Cleveland Watkiss in concert –  as part of Wandsworth Arts Festival
Saturday 19th May 8pm.
Free admission.

Soulful, jazzy and spiritual, these one-off performances have been described as the high;ight of the season in Jazz Festivals worldwide. SOLO VOICE Cleveland Watkiss presents: VocalSuite, an amazing vocal experience PLUS an interactive performance with the World Heart Beat Music Academy, led by Cleveland Watkiss. Part of Wandworth Arts Festival, free entry, no booking necessary.


TESTBED1: Our Autonomous Nature – as part of Chelsea Fringe Festival
Exhibition runs from Tuesday 22nd May until Friday 25th May 11am – 7pm. Private View on Wednesday 23rd May 7pm – 10pm.
Free admission.

In a time of green conversation and rerouting, we look at artists’ re-evaluation of our connection to nature. Established and emerging artists alike come together to experiment in something old and something new in TESTBED1 including, amongst others; Grenville Davey, Phil Dobson, Brigitte Stepputtis, and Will Alsop. Curated by Chloë Tinsley as part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival the exhibition provides an environment of reflection, of organic engagement and contribution to the dialogue between art and landscape.

TESTBED1: Sounding Motion present: Immersion in Place
Thursday 24th May 7pm (the performance is 1 hour long).
Tickets: here or e-mail sounding.motion@gmail.com

The programme for this project involves pieces for viola, percussion and dancers that explore three distinct places and cultures. Berio’s Naturale was first conceived as a theater piece, making the integration of live dancers a natural one. Based on Sicilian folk songs, the music weaves in and out of Berio’s signature musical language while incorporating quotes from the folk songs in the score and in the field recordings played over the speakers in the space. After researching dance from this region, choreographer Imogen Bland will approach the creation process as Berio did – by directly incorporating source material while also interpreting it through a contemporary lens.
Derived from improvisation but with strong structural configuration, these works represent the lyrical middle of the program and the choreography will involve motions based on Armenian religious ritual. Violist Stephen Upshaw has a particular connection to these pieces from studying them with their dedicatees, Kim Kashkashian and Robyn Schulkowsky, who relayed much of this information directly from Mr. Mansurian.
Finally, to contrast these heavier works, composer Benjamin Graves has written a new piece in collaboration with our dancers and choreographer. Made up of musical, gestural and choreographic fragments all relating to place and locality in England (drinking songs, royal anthems, sporting chants, etc.), Ben has devised a system that allows a balance of improvisation and audience interaction to ensure that the performance is a completely unique happening.

TESTBED1 & The Doodle Bar: Doodle Swing!
Saturday 26th May 7.00pm – 1.00 am.
Tickets: here £7.50 – £12.

An evening of raucous dancing, delicious cocktails and six hours of irresistable gypsy swing and hot jazz, featuring The Kings Cross Hot Club and The Smokey Taps. Flash attire of the utmost swish swing essential and bring your dancing shoes! The venue will be jazzed up by hot new architect and design practice PaP Studio and Street Kitchen will be serving up their luscious gourmet burgers made with 100% UK sourced ingredients.

Battersea Park + The Doodle Bar: Diamond Jubilee Festival
Sunday 3rd June. The festival runs mid-day until 7pm, The Doodle Bar will be open until 11pm.
Tickets to the festival in Battersea Park: here £5 adults, children under 5 free. Admission to The Doodle Bar is free.

On Sunday 3rd June Battersea Park will play a key role in the public celebration of The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. Curated by Hemingway Design (Vintage Festival) and Clare Patey (an artist working with community, celebration and food), the festival will provide a full day of entertainment and celebration, beginning at mid-day, in anticipation of the flotilla, and continuing until 7pm.

The Doodle Bar will be open all day, from mid-day, and into the evening for a right old Diamond Jubilee festival knees up! More details will be posted on our website.

TESTBED1: Royal College of Art Summer Degree Show Exhibition
Open to the public: 20th June – 1 July (closed 29th June).
10.00am – 5.30pm daily; late opening to 8pm Saturday 23rd, Wednesday 27th and Saturday 30th June.
Free admission.

Show RCA Battersea will feature work from the Fine Art programmes of Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture. Both the Sculpture and Sackler (Painting) Buildings will be used as gallery spaces, with students also using parts of the College’s brand-new Dyson Building. The College will be making use of the adjacent Testbed 1 space again this year to exhibit work by students from the Design Products and Design Interactions programmes, ensuring a cross-disciplinary approach over both sites.

More events will be organised so please do check our website regularly for updates. See you in the bar!