On Friday 13 March there was a fire at Battersea Arts Centre, which caused thousands of pounds worth of damage, but thank fully no-one was hurt! Now this beautiful Grade II listed building needs your help! Donate Now
According to news sources, a large cloud of black smoke could be seen billowing across the local area following a fire that is said to have started in the roof of the building. A spokesman for the London Fire Brigade said they had had no reports of injuries, and currently the cause of the fire is not currently known.
Thanks to the brilliant work by the team, artists and emergency services, the front half of the building was saved and re-opened within 24 hours. Artistic director and CEO David Jubb said ahead of the performances: "Today we start the next chapter. We want to get the shows back on and rebuild the building brick by brick."
He paid tribute to the firefighters who tackled the blaze, which broke out at about 16:20 GMT on Friday.
"Huge thanks are owed to all the emergency services, who literally saved the front half of the building, to staff, artists and volunteers at Battersea Arts Centre, and to everyone who has shown their overwhelming support online".
"The passion for the building and the organisation is extraordinary. Thank you all for being part of this. We really need you at this time."
At the time of writing this, more than 2290 people have donated a total of £69,705 to an appeal set up by the charity National Funding Scheme, which has raised more than £38,000.
The 1893 building was formerly Battersea Town Hall. Its grand hall has hosted events, including a memorial service for those who died in the Titanic disaster in 1912.
It has been used as a community arts centre since 1974. Read more