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Creating Routes Trainee

Creating Routes is a FREE practical training programme for theatre-makers who want to use their creative skills in community contexts with an array of participants & groups. This programme is a collaboration between Talawa Theatre Company, Emergency Exit Arts (EEA) and Goldsmiths University of London, providing theatre-makers vocational training which is underpinned through academic study & creative enquiry.

As a collective we have come together as we want to help to diversify the participatory arts sector with Artists from different cultural backgrounds and provide an alternative route into entering sector (striking a balance between the practical and the theoretical).

Creating Routes trainees get the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and experience needed to gain employment in Participatory Arts sector. This programme is made up of:

  • monthly group meetings and check-ins with mentors (from Talawa & EEA)
  • practical workshops with professionals, peers and Goldsmiths' MA students
  • work in community settings with experienced facilitators and other trainees (there will be some paid opportunities)

Previous Creating Routes Alumni have gone onto work with: London Bubble Theatre Company, Harrow Arts Centre, Oval House, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Battersea Arts Centre and of course EEA and Talawa Theatre Company.

NOW RECRUITING FOR 2016 - 17
Interested in being part of our next cohort?

How to apply
To apply please complete the application form and email to Gail Babb via email (gail@talawa.com) OR post (53-55 East Road, London N1 6AH) by Monday 19th September 2016, 1.00pm.

The Interview Process
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a recruitment workshop and interview on Saturday 24th September 2016.

The Arts LAB is about exploring the experimental nature of what happens when two art forms collide with one another, creating a cross-art form fusion. 

What happens when you mix dance with spoken word, or drama with shadow puppetry, or visual art with clowning? We’re looking for keen, creative and curious minds to help us experiment in order to create a new kind of performance.

These experiments will be led by our team of artists and theatre makers and across the week participants will get the opportunity to explore first-hand 2 chosen art forms and what happens when they mix with one another. At the end of the week, young people will create an outdoor performance which will take place in a local public space, from parks, city centres, galleries, museums and anywhere in-between!

Arts LABs will run 10.00am – 3.30pm daily and will take place at our base in Rothbury Hall during…

  • Summer Holidays: Monday 22nd – Thursday 25th August 2016
  • Autumn Half Term: Monday 24th – Thursday 27th October 2016
  • Spring Half Term: Monday 13th – Thursday 16th February 2017
  • Summer Half Term: Tuesday 30th May – Friday 2nd June 2017

These are FREE enrichment courses for young people aged 12 – 16.
Spaces are LIMITED and booking is ESSENTIAL. If you or your son/daughter would like to be part of the Arts LAB please email info@eea.org.uk or call us on 020 8853 4809

Igniting young people’s creative development, experience and understanding of the arts.

Year Group: KS1 – KS4

As a multi-disciplinary arts company, Emergency Exit Arts has a wealth of experience with connecting and introducing young people to the creative industries. Through delivering a range of Arts Awards, we aim to inspire sustained engagement and appreciation for the arts through young people participating in accredited learning.

We work with an eclectic mix of Creative Practitioners who have a spectrum of skill bases and art forms which include: performing arts, outdoor arts, spoken word, street theatre, movement, storytelling, visual arts, puppetry, carnival arts and circus. Our trained Arts Award Advisors guide, instigate and assess young people through their award and give them an insight and experience into their craft and art form.

Emergency Exit Arts can independently deliver individual strands of the Arts Award or we can facilitate the entire process (from weekly sessions right through to moderation).

Arts Awards we can deliver:

  • Discover
  • Explore
  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold

EEA is delighted to be part of the PLATFORM shift+ project supported by the European Commission’s Creative Europe fund. Following on from our previous successful and inspiring European project, Platform 11+, we are now embarking on four years of exploration with 10 other partners from 9 countries, all recognised as national leaders in the field of theatre for young people and led by UK company Pilot Theatre in York.

This artistic network has been created to meet the new challenges of producing theatre for young people in the digital age. As partners, we have helped identify the urgent need to engage with digital technology in order to understand young audiences and theatre makers. Today’s young people are digital natives who move naturally between real and virtual worlds. For them the arts must respond to this new reality in order to sustain and grow existing audiences and build new audiences for the future. This project will enable EEA to accurately portray young people’s reality and inspire them to create their own responses as a unique live medium for modern times.

To achieve this, Platform Shift + provides a major investment in the professionalisation of art makers on an international level. An extensive programme of interrelated activities will encourage transnational exchanges of artists and artistic creations and provide training in digital technology through practice and international Creative Forums. As a result of these artistic exchanges the Platform Shift network will develop 40 productions based on newly developed concepts, correlated to the reality of the digital age. The project creates a platform to shift theatre for young Europeans today and secures theatre’s role in the Europe of tomorrow.

In June 2016 EEA will be joining Platform Shift in Budapest for an annual encounter with our European partners where we will showcase our new outdoor production You Are Here.
 

Interested in taking part? Good news, we're recruiting!
Here's the details...

EEA has mastered the craft of both designing and making carnival floats

We have a highly skilled in house team of designers and technicians who work closely together to make the clients vision a reality. We specialise in electrically powered bases such as milk floats which are often preferable to diesel trucks.

Clients include: London School of Samba, Royal Opera House, Lord Mayor’s Show, UK Centre for Carnival Arts and LB Hillingdon Library Services

Click on the images to see some of our recent floats
 

EEA have been working consistently on the Alton Estate in Roehampton, since 2012. Our aim at the beginning of the project was to research, talk to and involve as many different community gatekeepers and groups as possible, building trust relationships to go forward with development and creative consultation sessions.

In 2012, supported by Wandsworth Arts we developed Birdbrain for the Alton Estate in Roehampton. Some of the young carers that we were working with at the time, through the Street Arts Academy lived there and wanted to know why nothing ever happened on their estate. Wandsworth Arts team had previously tried to programme things there as part of Wandsworth Arts Festival but had found it difficult to engage the local residents.

We had a brilliant response to Birdbrain and as a result, designed a programme called The Lounge, which would support local residents to co-produce art workshops and events in their public space.

It was designed to make sure that:

  1. the local community felt ownership over and connection with cultural programming in the area
  2. we could ensure that future work was more accessible and interactive and able to resonate with a very diverse local audience and
  3. that we were able to build confidence and skills within the local community to support a more year round connection with arts activities.

We have also been able to build, due to the success of the project’s format, an Outdoor Arts Stakeholder Group, involving other companies working in the area, representatives from the local schools and community groups. We brought an independent producer on board to work with EEA, who would be able to dedicate time to building local partnerships.

In addition to The Lounge, with support from council’s public health and arts teams we have also managed to develop a winter lantern project, bringing together the children’s centre, parenting groups and local schools, to gather in the same place that we hold The Lounge, in December. The event has grown for the last 3 years, with carol singing and larger scale light up sculptures incorporated into the project.

In response to the community development work that we have been doing in the area and as a result of conversations with the outdoor art stakeholders group (made up with local residents, councillors, schools, community group members and arts organisations working in the area), we have been developing the work that we do on the Alton Estate further, we have created a new project - Roehampton Spills, which seeks to engage local businesses in the area’s cultural activity and catalyse new partnerships which will feed future activity and community engagement work. There is more information about this project on here. Work is now being undertaken to develop these model further; linking into the Housebound and Home Learners Network in Roehampton to make sure that there is a creative offer for people who are unable to participate in the outdoor events in the area.

Through close partnership working and involving people in their own event, there is a really strong sense of ownership and involvement in The Lounge.

It’s lovely to see an event which really feels embedded in the local community” Alton Estate resident

EEA are specialists at creating characteristic fire drawings and evocative and enchanting fire gardens. 

The Making Institute is our new pilot membership scheme to help the professional development of creative practitioners working in outdoor arts.

Members will benefit from training and skills sharing on a range of practical subjects. The Making Institute also offers space for creative practitioners to experiment, innovate and generate ideas for new work. Members also have the benefit of using Rothbury Hall as a London making space.

Reclaiming the Streets!
Emergency Exit Arts’ Street Arts Academy (SAA) works with young people across the UK to make creative interventions in public spaces.

Combining Visual and Performing Arts, SAA works with 13-21 year olds from across London, the UK and Europe to make unexpected art moments/events/performances/installations happen in the spaces in which they live, learn, work and play.

Why Street Arts?
Street Arts sets the audience and performer free from the constraints of formal or paid for arts, leaving space for invention, improvisation and interaction. It is a space where surprise is sought and anything is possible- moments that are shared in the instant and are completely unrepeatable.

EEA’s Youth Arts programme empowers young people, up to age 25, to express their ideas and become creative activists through collaborations with professional Street Arts practitioners.

By working outdoors young performers and visual artists are set free from the constraints of formal or paid for arts, leaving space for invention, improvisation and interaction. It is a space where surprises happen, moments are shared in the instant and are completely unrepeatable. We engage with young people through:

  • Regular weekly workshops and summer schools
  • Bespoke projects with primary and secondary schools
  • Young producers programmes in museums
  • Facilitation training in Universities

EEA are brilliant at twisting learning into a fun, innovative and surprising experience. The young people got so much out of their encounter with EEA’s team who helped them to realise their artistic vision and their own creative potential.
Sasha Leacock, Forest Hill School

Volunteering
We're often looking to fill some volunteer positions as detailed below.

To apply to volunteer at EEA please download and fill in the application form on the right and return it along with your CV to info@eea.org.uk

This is a great opportunity to get first-hand experience of all areas of EEA’s work.
EEA is a fast moving, dynamic organisation. You will get involved in all areas of EEA’s work, getting hands on experience in administration, fundraising, project management, production and finance. Based in Greenwich, central London, you will work as part of a small, friendly team. Working hours are flexible but you would ideally volunteer for three days a week for three months.
EEA will pay travel expenses of up to a maximum of £10 a day.

The role will be quite varied but some tasks involved will be:

  • Researching and drafting funding opportunities
  • Assisting the updating of the company website, blogs and social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Flickr.
  • Assisting Project Managers with all areas of production and administration
  • Communicating with members via social media, email and telephone

Skills and Experience:

  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Familiarity with social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Good research and analytical skills
  • Ability to work in a team and deliver tasks to time and to a high standard

We'll give you interesting tasks and teach you new skills and you will get a really good understanding of how every area of the organisation works.


Fill in the application form to tell us about yourself and how you might be able to help now or in the future. Thanks!

Empowering student voice, raising social awareness and inspiring the confidence to make real changes.

Emergency Exit Arts specialise in using diverse and creative art forms to educate children and young people. We have over 30 years of experience working in schools and community settings.

EEA design and deliver bespoke creative projects to meet curriculum needs in schools. We work in collaboration with school staff to ensure each project delivers the best possible learning experience for children and young people.
Our Creative Activism projects enable pupils, teaching and learning staff from different schools to work with specialist Creative Practitioners to create high impact projects. These projects are designed to empower pupils to think and work together to make positive changes to their environment. EEA have developed Creative Activism to enable pupils to unpick environmental issues, find their voices and become active and aware citizens.

By working with us you can expect a project that:

  • Builds on the knowledge and skills of school staff
  • Meets clear curriculum objectives
  • Provides experienced arts practitioners who can communicate clearly in the busy school environment
  • Delivers a complete process that does not create extra work for teachers
  • Delivers outcomes that involve the wider school community

We know that these are challenging times. Our Creative Activism model is designed to enable schools to work together, sharing resources and knowledge, so that together we can guarantee quality of opportunity and rich learning experiences for children and young people.

If you would like to find out more or arrange a consultantancy session with one of our Creative Activism specialists please call 020 8853 4809 or email us at info@eea.org.uk

The Creative Activism project model was piloted and developed with support from A New Direction, Creative Partnerships and Arts Council England.

“Cross-curricular links were made between art, science and geography which are less commonly linked in art. This was very successful and an aspect that could be further developed in future projects.”
Shantha Adivihalli, Art teacher, Brentside High School, Ealing

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See off the Summer Festival

EEA will be creating a stunning finale to bring See off the Summer Festival in Mansfield to a close featuring our magnificent Fire Bird and dazzling Human Catherine Wheels.

London School of Samba Float for Notting Hill Carnival 2016

We are delighted as always to be working with London School of Samba for this year’s Notting Hill Carnival

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