Founded 1980, EEA began as an artists’ collective born out of a desire to radically transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. At a time of social and political change we aspired to make a positive difference to people’s lives, particularly those who were discriminated against and those living in economically excluded communities across London and the UK. Now a registered charity and one of the Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations, EEA has evolved into the reputable outdoor arts company it is today, still pioneering and still inspiring change through creativity.
We’ve been resident in Rothbury Hall in Greenwich, SE London, for over 30 years. It’s a building loaded with history and originally built for use by the community. We maintain this tradition and are proud to call it our home.
EEA are clear about what it is we want to achieve and how we are going to achieve it. Our vision is to inspire change through creativity. We will do this by:
We have identified three Strategic Objectives to guide us over the next five years:
Be impactful: Emphasise socially relevant work that brings people together and helps improve lives.
Be resilient: Put in place the resources and systems that enable EEA and the people connected to us to continue to thrive, deliver efficiently and have minimal impact on the planet’s resources.
Be recognised: Continue to build EEA’s distinctiveness, profile and reputation
In Winter 2018, the People’s Parlour conducted a heritage project: What’s the Story of Rothbury Hall, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and in partnership with the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust. With the help of local history experts and longstanding residents of the area, the group pieced together the fascinating past of Rothbury Hall, collecting stories of the people that frequented the hall over the years since it was built in 1894.
The building was funded by prolific arms dealer Josiah Vavasseur and was gifted to the local community as a gathering place, a place that housed charitable schemes and once upon a time a place of worship. In one way or another Rothbury Hall has remained as an important hub of community togetherness in East Greenwich ever since, and since the mid 80’s has been Emergency Exit Arts’ home.
Click here for more information and to see the booklet that was put together over the course of the project and accompanied an exhibition that displayed many local artefacts and treasures, and featured live poetry and performances from the People’s Parlour group. You can also see the film that they created in partnership with University of Greenwich Film course students, documenting their exploration of the heritage of Rothbury Hall and of the East Greenwich area.
Our aim is to surprise, delight and exceed your expectations.
We do this by listening carefully to you: what you want to achieve, how you want your audiences to respond and of course, practical things like your budget and timescale.
We’ll open doors, push boundaries and make your project even better than you imagined. And we’re not afraid to take creative risks to achieve something extraordinary. As a result our work is challenging, exciting and has lasting impact on all those involved, making them feel inspired and part of a shared experience.
If you have an idea you’d like to bring to life please contact us or call us on 0208 853 4809.
We work with local authorities, festivals, event producers, communities, cultural organisations, education and heritage sectors. Our clients return consistently or are referred to us by other clients. They are enthralled by our work and respect our expertise, competitiveness and can-do attitude. You can read what they say about us below.
EEA provided an extraordinary fire and light production to help us celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th. They responded to our very particular brief and took our late requests in their stride.Geraldine Collinge, RSC April 2016
I’ve always found EEA to be creative, responsive, resourceful and flexible with a highly skilled team. I consider them a great asset to the London outdoor arts sector.Sarah Barrow, GLA Events for London, 2017
There are many companies who are able to fulfill commissions, but few of them are like EEA. Their openness to ideas and desire to connect with both partners and audiences make them a joy to work with – they are an asset to any project.Justin O’Shaughnessy, Production and Event Manager
In my opinion, there is only one organisation I will go to for advice, collaboration and a huge skill set and that is EEA.Shermaine Slocombe, Corelli College, 2017
You should be very proud of your work. You took our ideas and themes and developed them into a practical and inspirational show, which left the audience exhilarated and moved. Your amazing teamwork and professionalism ensured that it all went smoothly. We are in awe.Charles Harper, Client
As an arts organisation we’re not fed by profit. Everything we do is free for participants and spectators. We have enjoyed greater longevity than many in our sector but we rely on funding and increasingly on donations. Through the generosity of our donors we would like to continue creating impactful arts events well into the future, reaching audiences annually of over 800,000 and delivering workshops to over 20,000 people every year.
Find out more about out Friends’ Scheme by logging on to Just Giving. We can claim Gift Aid if you are a UK tax payer, which makes your donation go further.
There are many ways you can help us and we’d love to hear from you. While we can’t promise you your name on a plaque or freebies, we can offer you the knowledge that you’re part of something meaningful and lasting.