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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.

Next Event:

Philosophy for Children / Communities (P4C) - Saturday 3rd May 2014, 9am - 5pm
Philosophy for Children / Communities aims to encourage adults to think critically, caringly, creatively and collaboratively. It helps to build a 'community of enquiry' where participants create and enquire into their own questions, and 'learn how to learn' in the process.
The training is provided by SAPERE (Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education) an educational charity that practices and promotes philosophical enquiry for children and communities, often referred to as P4C.

The day will include:

  • Starter activities for thinking philosophically (Asking questions like; If you had a different name would you be a different person? Do we all have the same rights?)
  • Taking part in an Enquiry where genuine and open questions are asked so participants develop the P4C's: creative, critical, caring and collaborative thinking skills
  • Review and evaluation of the enquiry
  • Background and principles of the P4C approach including SAPERE film clips
  • How to develop a community of enquiry?

" P4C is about getting participants to think and communicate well; to think better for themselves."

Rothbury Hall, Azof Street, London, SE10 0EF

Cost: £40 + £3.05 booking Fee
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Emergency First Aid at Work for Artists Working Outdoors - Wednesday, 7 May 2014 from 09:00 to 17:00

As part of Emergency Exit Arts (EEA) Making Institute we are hosting a one day Emergency First Aid at Work course run by The British Red Cross which will be tailored to those working in outdoor arts and events settings including workshops. 

On completion of training, successful candidates will be able to:
Understand the role of the first aider, including reference to:
i) the importance of preventing cross infection
ii) the need for recording incidents and actions
iii) use available equipment.

  • assess the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency
  • administer first aid to a casualty who is unconscious (including seizure)
  • administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • administer first aid to a casualty who is choking
  • administer first aid to a casualty who is wounded and bleeding
  • administer first aid to a casualty who is suffering from shock
  • provide appropriate first aid for minor injuries (including small cuts, grazes and bruises, minor burns and scalds, small splinters)
  • burns and scalds.

If you successfully complete the course you will receive an Emergency first aid at work certificate; valid for three years.
For best practice we support the HSE recommendation to complete an annual update of your first aid skills.

The cost of the course is £76 plus a booking fee of £2.55. Book here
For more information please contact jules.hodgson@eea.org.uk

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.

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.


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


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

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.

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...

EEA’s base at Rothbury Hall, SE London is a busy hub full of creative people with unique skills. EEA’s Creation Space could be the one-stop shop for your entire production.

Our team of artist associates are experts in many aspects of outdoor arts including directors, designers and engineers of large-scale mobile structures and puppets, theatre and carnival costume designers, musicians and composers, pyrotechnicians, lighting and sound designers, production and event managers.

See some of the extraordinary creations our associate artists have made for EEA and other companies at EEA’s Making Space.
EEA’s marvellous mechanical walkabouts designed and made by associate artists including Mike Pattison, Gordon Allum, Tony Mason, Emma Garofalo, Jamshid Mahamood, Stephen Stockbridge and Johnny White

EEA also hires its unique space to artists and companies for all of your creative needs. We can offer facilities for costume making, puppetry, metalwork, woodwork, electronics, temporary storage and rehearsal space at certain times of the year. Your work could be small and detailed, or a large-scale construction. We also have free Wi-Fi, kitchen facilities and disabled access to all ground floor spaces.

Rothbury Hall is ideally situated in North Greenwich – right next to the Blackwall Tunnel for escaping to the North and the A2 for Kent and the M25. We are well serviced by public transport – North Greenwich Jubilee, Cutty Sark DLR and Maze Hill Railway Station and plenty of buses – see Getting Here.

We are 10 minutes from the Olympic Site, 5 minutes from the O2 Arena (North Greenwich Olympic Arena) and a pleasant stroll along the river from Greenwich Town Centre.

If you want to make an enquiry about our design and fabrication facility and associate artists please contact our Production Manager, Ben Raine events@eea.org.uk 020 8853 4809

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