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Community Engagement

“A way out of the ordinary into the extraordinary”

Community engagement has been at the heart of Emergency Exit Arts since its beginnings 30 years ago. Our work brings communities together, celebrates diversity, transforms public spaces and can be a way to explore issues of well-being, regeneration, identity and ambition.

EEA creates inspirational celebratory and participatory performances, happenings and events in outdoor public places and provides unique opportunities for participants to develop their skills, confidence, experience and vision.

Bringing people together by:

  • TRANSFORMING public places
  • CELEBRATING diversity
  • ENGAGING creativity and exploring social issues

We are responsive to participant and clients needs and engage people through:

  • One-off workshops
  • Workshop programmes
  • Intensive workshop programmes and summer schools

EEA have been working consistently on the Alton Estate in Wandsworth, 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. Local people then devised and curated a creative festival, in their spaces, with EEA’s support and help. 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

EEA – A Way Out of the Ordinary into the Extraordinary