We've partnered with Artistic Directors of the Future and the Bush Theatre to deliver Up Next - a takeover designed to catapult visionary culturally diverse artists into leadership roles in the UK's theatre industry, funded by the Arts Council England Sustained Theatre grant.

Five directors have taken on artistic directorship at two London theatres - Tarek Iskander, Lekan Lawal and Saad-Eddine Said at Battersea Arts Centre, and Tobi Kyeremateng and Ruthie Osterman at the Bush Theatre. The group will create and lead seasons of new work at both the Bush Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre.

The project responds to the needs of Artistic Directors of the Future members and is an opportunity for them to gain practical leadership experience with genuine power, resource and risk; gain experience across a range of disciplines including artistic direction, producing, programming, fundraising, marketing and production and become a part of a network of culturally diverse leaders going through a similar experience who can share learning and support each other.

Up Next will hand over power and resources to culturally diverse leaders and artists. It's a project designed to change the Battersea Arts Centre and Bush Theatre forever.

Photo: Nadia Stephens



In November 2018, Lekan Lawal presented SUPERBLACKMAN - a visceral new production about mental health and representation in Battersea Arts Centre's reborn Grand Hall.


In Spring 2019, Saad-Eddine curates Homegrown Festival: Occupy. Over 4 weeks,the festival invites young artists, entrepreneurs, activists and local communities to occupy Battersea Arts Centre during the period that the UK may exit the EU.

From gig theatre, live games and virtual experiences to opera, hip-hop, and installations, the festival is an opportunity for communities to come together and rethink our common future through young people’s perspectives.