A WAY OUT OF THE ORDINARY INTO THE EXTRAORDINARY
Emergency Exit Arts (EEA) creates unforgettable events and participatory experiences using visual performance, processions, puppetry, music and pyrotechnics. The company has a national and international reputation for excellent site specific and touring work, community and cultural celebrations and interactive performances in public spaces. We work with a large team of creative specialists, giving us the ability to deliver on every aspect of a project – artistic direction, design, construction, performance, facilitation, community engagement, production and event management.
Founded in 1980, EEA is a seminal arts organisation that has pioneered many strategic developments in outdoor arts. In the last decade we brought culturally diverse, collaborative work to outdoor arts festivals. In recent years the company has delivered Diversifying Outdoor Arts a two year programme for ACE that has introduced outdoor arts to Deaf and disabled artists and provided mentoring.
EEA has a history of supporting and nurturing artists, many of whom now work across the outdoor arts sector. EEA has also developed and sustained the Street Arts Academy across London and a new young generation of street performers is emerging from this programme. EEA uses outdoor arts as a means of engaging young people in an exploration of their relationship to public spaces and how they relate to the general public. The company has disseminated its models of
good practice through Platform 11+, a European network of theatres for young people in 12 countries that has four years of European funding.
Since 1980 EEA work has been seen throughout the UK and Europe. Our clients have included Free Arts (Barcelona and Madrid), Imaginarius Festival (Portugal), Viva Cite Festival (France), Dubai Racing Club, Edinburgh Hogmanay, Glastonbury Festival, Greenwich and Docklands Festival, Stockton Riverside Festival, The Mayor’s Thames Festival, London Mela, Paradise Gardens and Watch this Space at the National Theatre. We have also created site specific events and arts festivals for the BBC, China Now, Greater London Authority, Innovision, the O2, Bloomberg, MTV, The Lord Mayor’s Show (London and Norwich), Chester Performs, Liverpool City of Culture, Oslo Opera House, British Museum, London Zoo, Thames Gateway London Partnership, The UK Centre for Carnival Arts, Mayor of London, most London boroughs and regional authorities.
"…something less tangible occurred, something inside touched by an experience of communities, of provocation, of ritual and festival. A sense of the arts keeping faith with the enjoyment of creative action for its own sake, for the intrinsic quality that gives people a sense of being alive!"
Arts at the Heart - the NALGAO magazine article referring to EEA’s event in Shropshire
The company has charitable status and was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee in 1991. EEA is located within Rothbury Hall, at the base of the Greenwich peninsula in East Greenwich.
Mission: To support, devise and produce transformative programmes of creative activity and outdoor events that develop the imagination, confidence and skills of participants and artists in order to delight andsurprise audiences
Vision: Confident communities that imagine, create and celebrate
Values: In its dealings with stakeholders, the company will be recognized for its consultative, collaborative, responsive and empowering approach in all it undertakes.
Commission us to create a bespoke project for you, or choose from one of our existing events and project models. We also provide a range of ready-made solutions including spectacular Fireworks displays, hire of one of our mechanical sculptures or delivery of workshops and participation activity.
Whatever the project - large or small-scale - we are keen to listen, hear your ideas and work with you to achieve the best result.
“EEA has the reputation as one of the country’s leading outdoor events production companies with expertise in large scale community productions and the ability to work with and commission artists and performers across a complex national project”
BBC Video Nation