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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.

Emergency Exit Arts has extensive experience of delivering tailor-made projects that respond to young people’s agendas.

EEA believes that:

  • The art making process unites people from diverse backgrounds in a positive shared experience
  • That everyone has a right to engage in cultural activity
  • That, through engaging in positive art activities, young people can explore and develop communication and social skills, confidence, motivation to learn and the capacity to imagine, play and believe in their own potential

In recent years EEA's Youth Arts Programme has deepened through reflection and reconstruction inspired by working with our Youth Panel. We now have a full time Participatory Arts Manager who is driving the programme forward, ensuring that our participation offer is matching the issues facing young people across London and the UK. Members of our Youth Panel, as young leaders, are informing the creative development of our programme through their dynamic approach and altruistic attitude.

We strive for our Youth Arts Programme to be:

  • Flexible - responsive to the needs of young people
  • Scalable - from small interventions in everyday life to large scale theatricalities
  • Integrated - linking to local service provision and current concerns, forming partnerships with like minded organisations to achieve artistic excellence
  • Sustainable - providing social impact and progression routes for young people
  • Impact: social development/ confidence/ communication skills/ team work/ increased independence/ increased motivation/ employable skills/ space and freedom to 'be a child'/ respect/ belief in their potential/ developing new relationships/ critical thinking/ peer support networks/ a platform for the positive image of young people.
     

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

Emergency Exit Arts (EEA) believes in the power of outdoor arts to inspire people and transform places. Since 1980, when a like-minded group of visual and performing artists, facilitators and engineers came together to make surprising and extraordinary work, we have ensured that the arts are accessible to all.

We urgently need your support now if we are to sustain our success in the future. We don’t have seats to name after you and we don’t have advance tickets to sell you. We know that what is important for our donors is the honest work that is produced and the impact it has on people and places. Everything we do is free for the participant and spectator and we really believe that the work we do reaching audiences of over 500,000 people, delivering workshops to over 20,000 young people per year needs support to continue. We have made many friends throughout the years including artists, audience members, children and young people, colleagues, partners, participants and clients. Now we are asking people who are committed to the principles that have kept this amazing company going to join our Friends’ scheme. We need wider support to develop thought provoking, witty, socially relevant outdoor work with communities who are often isolated, ignored and on the fringes of society.

We really hope you can help by donating to us. If not carry on liking us, tweeting about us and turning up to support us.

If you are kind enough to donate the money will be used carefully to:

  1. Create and tour new work to some of the most deprived areas of the UK
  2. Develop the Street Arts Academy - our engagement programme for young people from diverse communities across London, which aims to promote a positive image of young people on the streets through performing and visual arts.

Options:

EE Activist: £2 - £10 per Month:
As an Activist, you are joining forces with a collective of consistent supporters. Your regular subscription will allow us to provide sustainable programmes that reach more communities in 2015 and beyond. For the price of a coffee per month the regular nature of the donation means we can plan for the future with more certainty. We are hoping all our past, present and future collaborators can sign up to this.
Just Giving: Log on to Just Giving (we can claim Gift Aid if you are a UK tax payer, which makes your donation go further) follow the instructions to set up a monthly direct debit for £2 or more if you like.

EE Advocate: £250 Suggested Donation
As a charity EEA is looking for support from philanthropists who believe, like we do, in the power of the arts as a force for social good. 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 believes that now, more than ever, communities need opportunities to unite in public spaces in positive, creative activities.

Just Giving: Log on to Just Giving (we can claim Gift Aid if you are a UK tax payer which makes your donation go further) and make a one off donation of £250 or whatever you can afford.

If you choose to support us please make sure you include your name and email address so we can thank you and keep in touch.  Even if you cannot afford to give anything right now you can still support us by sharing this information with others.

For smaller, one off donations, e.g. £10, you might like to use:
Text Giving: Text EEAA11 followed by the amount to 70070. You will receive a confirmation text, please follow the link to add Gift Aid
Example:


 

Alternatively please send us a cheque to: EEA, PO Box 570, London SE10 0EE

Benefits
We haven’t got much to offer you except the knowledge that together we can keep engaging people who have few other creative opportunities; enhancing places that have little cultural activity and astonishing audiences who do not experience the arts elsewhere.

  • You will receive our regular Newsletters
  • Thank-you credit on our website and you will be invited to share a story of your involvement with EEA to go down in the Official History of the Company
  • We will invite our Advocates from time to time to visit EEA to see and feedback on work in progress, meet the team and join us for social occasions.

Top News

The Big Ask

Emergency Exit Arts along with ISAN, Kazzum, Kinetika People, Bureau Of Silly Ideas and Tangled Feet has published an action research report into the experiences of five leading Outdoor Arts organisations as we tested a variety of fundraising methods. 

Latest Event

Notting Hill Carnival Float 2015

We are thrilled to be back at Notting Hill Carnival this year with London School of Samba

London Mela Fireworks Finale

We are delighted to be closing the 2015 London Mela with a spectacular, theatrical fireworks display

Bestival 2015

Emergency Exit Arts join Bestival's brand new Carnivale! area

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Keep an eye out for the Voodoo Samba float we made for @SouthLndnSamba this wknd! Enjoy the carnival! #NottingHillCarnival @4u2pat
Aug 29, 2015
Get ready #Finchley the Street Arts Academy are about to rock the streets @artsdepot http://t.co/iPsgrYOhEW
Aug 27, 2015
Catch the Street Arts Academy performance to accompany Hellicar&Lewis' digital installation outside artsdepot... http://t.co/sJgiYyibtb
Aug 27, 2015

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Teavolution

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