BBB is pleased to announce a brand new project for 2013-14
BBB will help to found a new East:West Band in each of the two boroughs. The music will be based on the tunes and rhythms of Bollywood, including BBB standard repertoire and original music in a Bhangra and Bollywood style. The bands are aimed at young wind and brass payers from across each borough and will include percussion and dhol ensembles based at the two host secondary schools – Crown Woods in Royal Greenwich and Trinity in Lewisham.
These new and exciting signature bands will establish a great legacy for our local boroughs - representing both Greenwich and Lewisham boroughs in high profile local and regional events.
Rehearsals take place at Crown Woods College, Greenwich (thursdays 4-6pm) and Trinity Lewisham (Fridays 4-6pm). Contact the Music Services for more information on how to join.
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 Youth Panel grew out of its Street Arts Academy and has been meeting since early 2009.
Currently made up of 16 young people aged 13 – 17 from seven boroughs in South London, the Youth Panel has led consultations and planning around plans for the Street Arts Academy including: recruitment marketing, workshop facilitators, specialist skills requests, work experience possibilities, performance locations, themes, partnerships and funding.
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.
Bollywood Brass Band is very happy to be partners with Music Hubs in the following boroughs:
We will be Artists in Residence at the Greenwich Saturday Music Centre in the summer term 2013, culminating in a performance at the Greenwich Festivals in July.
In addition, we are delighted to announce that, thanks to a generous grant from the Mayor’s Music Fund, we will be working with local partners Greenwich and Lewisham on "East West Project" in 2013/14. This will build on the success of our current North London partnership, "Bollywood Blast", and will create new ensembles in SE London based on the exciting sound of Bollywood/Bhangra riffs and grooves.
We are also partners in the Newham Music Hub
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
“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) 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:-
- 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org your details as they are not captured through the text service.
Use Music Technology to create a Bollywood themed track.
BBB is excited to present Bollywood Blast! - a brand new education project for which BBB has been awarded funding from the Mayor’s Fund for Young Musicians.
BBB is working in Partnership with four London Boroughs, Barnet, Ealing, Enfield and Harrow, to deliver a year long programme to inspire young people to take up brass instruments. The project started in September 2012, when the partner music services started free brass tuition in one secondary school per borough, to year 7 pupils who have experienced the Wider Opportunities first access programmes in their Primary schools. Progression is supported by a weekly ensemble activity and by workshops provided by the BBB, who kicked off the whole project with an exciting large scale performance in each school.
The project is led by trumpeter Kay Charlton - a London brass teacher for more than 20 years and performer and workshop leader with the BBB since the band’s foundation. Kay has written a Bollywood Blast tutor book specially for the project; the book includes a CD of Bollywood style backing tracks, background to the Bollywood genre and ideas for creative work on film music.
The year culminates in July 2013 with a Gala Concert which will include:
- Performances of Bollywood tunes by individual schools
- Performances by BBB
- Performance of creative work
- Finale performance by BBB and all participants – a Big Bollywood Brass Band (BBBB!)
Previous education projects led by Kay include the opening of WOMAD Festival 2011 and conducting a brass and dhol group at the Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall (see video below).
If you would like a Bollywood Brass style project in your school please contact us for more information.
EEA has been awarded a Transformers Grant, funded by National Lottery Funding through the Olympic Lottery Distributer and managed by ELBA, and LB Greenwich’s Community Arts Fund.
The project is designed to encourage young people to explore their relationship to their local built environment, particularly public spaces and the public within them. In light of the recent rioting and increasing levels of youth unemployment and disenfranchisement, Greenwich Games Space aims to explore and explode how the public view young people in public spaces, how young people would like to be viewed and how we can use street arts as a medium to redress the disparity between the two.
Under the umbrella of Greenwich’s Cultural Olympiad programme, Greenwich Games Space will reach up to 200 young people from across the borough wards in:
- A creative symposium featuring presentations and workshops from town planners, architects, street arts professionals, creative practitioners and community trusts. The event will enable young people to investigate their role in the local community.
- Street arts skills development workshops and master classes delivered by UK wide professionals
- Youth led devising sessions and rehearsals leading to a number of performances inspired by and taking place in their chosen public spaces.
The project will be guided by a group of 20 young people from 6 secondary schools in the borough, forming a Youth Forum to make key decisions regarding the aesthetic and operational details of the project. They will work closely with EEA’s creative practitioners to inspire and motivate other young people to contribute to the project, developing a portfolio of arts and cultural research in the process as part of their silver arts awards.
This high profile street arts project, which will culminate in performances within the Cultural Olympiad programme, will enable young people to take ownership of public spaces and make a positive statement in the midst of an influx of visitors from around the world. In effect this will transform their position as members of the community, positively representing young people and counteracting recent negative press about their interaction with public spaces.
Greenwich Games Space will be delivered in partnership with Corelli College/ Thomas Tallis School/ Plumstead Manor School/ The John Roan School/ Audiences London/ University of Greenwich/ LB Greenwich Arts and Culture Team/ Greenwich Volunteer Centre/ Charlton Athletic Community Trust
Look out for more information as the project develops...
The Only Way is Ethics (TOWIE) is a Heritage Lottery Funded, youth-led programme created by Emergency Exit Arts in partnership with Museum of London & Bishopsgate Institute.
Join Roehampton residents and Emergency Exit Arts to celebrate the start of the festive season on Thursday 12 December