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Emergency Exit Arts (EEA) believe in the power of the arts as a force for social good. Ever since a like minded group of visual and performing artists, teachers, engineers and “people who liked exploding things” came together in 1980, we have been working with communities to help them interact with the world around them and celebrate what being alive is all about.

In all those years since, we estimate we have performed at over 2,000 events, to an audience of over 10 million, giving an opportunity for over 1 million participants to join in. We are now reaching out to the next generation of community artist/activists to teach young people about the significance of public space and how the arts can have a positive effect on individuals and the communities in which they live. We believe 2012 is giving us a unique opportunity as a nation to celebrate being on the streets for positive community cohesion.
To continue we need your help. Public funding is in decline and societies across the country are facing social and economic challenges and upheaval that were last seen when EEA was founded in the 1980s. Emergency Exit Arts believe that now more than ever communities need opportunities to unite in public spaces in positive, creative activities. Whether it is a carnival to welcome the torch relay or an installation in the local park, access to the arts on the streets and public spaces are so important for a thriving, creative society. Not everyone can go to, or wants to go to theatre venues, concert halls and galleries, but everyone can be on the street celebrating and enjoying surprises together.
Therefore for the first time in our history we are launching a donor scheme to ensure that EEA’s work can continue to be free and accessible to all. The money raised will go to two different elements of EEA’s work:-

  1. The creation of new work: we aim to develop new cutting edge and engaging shows propelling up and coming artists and directors forwards in their careers and touring around the country to places that are not usually well served with cultural activity
  2. The development of the Street Arts Academy that is our engagement programme for young people from deprived areas across London, to promote a positive image of young people on the streets through performing and visual arts.

There are 3 levels of donation:-
Pen-Pal: This really helps us keep in touch with you. An annual subscription of £5 you get:-

  • Advance warning of EEA performances
  • Quarterly Newsletter

Comrade: for an annual subscription of £30 you get:-

  • Advance warning of EEA performance
  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • VIP invites to at least one EEA event each year.
  • An invitation (for 2) to our Annual Winter Ball held at Rothbury Hall, Greenwich

Ally: for an annual subscription of £150 (or more if you like) you get all of the benefits of being an Comrade, but also:-

  • An annual invitation to come to a “creative hothouse” to help develop ideas for future shows.
  • Your name permanently stitched into one of our carnival costumes
  • Entry into our ballot to be chosen to perform with us at a show during the year.

Whatever the next 30 years brings, we aim to make sure people across communities in this country are able and willing to take to the streets and public spaces for small, intimate shows, and huge public parades. Isn’t that part of what life is about?

To become an EEA Comrade
Please log onto Just Giving (this way we get the tax, if you are a UK tax payer, and we get your contact details so we can keep in touch with you

You can text “EEAA11 £30”(or however much you want) To 70070 (you will get a confirmation text, please follow the link to add gift aid). Please also e-mail info@eea.org.uk your details as they are not captured through the text service.


EEA – A Way Out of the Ordinary into the Extraordinary