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East Greenwich based company, Emergency Exit Arts (EEA) have been awarded a small capital grant from Arts Council England (ACE) to develop their current home of 25 years, Rothbury Hall, into the Greenwich Making Space.

The space will become a 21st century art making and training centre for creative practitioners, especially those working in outdoor arts. EEA will be able to offer access to a great making space with state of the art equipment to over 150 emerging and mid-career artists. This will give EEA and artists the opportunity to deliver more high quality work and to develop stronger partnerships with their local community.

Founded in 1980, EEA is an arts organisation that has pioneered many strategic developments in outdoor arts bringing culturally diverse, collaborative work to outdoor arts festivals. Over 700,000 people each year around the country see EEA’s amazing menagerie of mechanical creatures, participatory events and spectacular shows including 2015’s Blackheath Fireworks display.

Artistic Director, Deb Mullins said: “We are delighted that Arts Council England have supported us with such a generous grant. It will really help us buy specialist making tools and equipment so that we can continue to engage communities, enhance places and astonish audiences throughout the UK with work created at our home in Greenwich.”

Joyce Wilson, Area Director, London, Arts Council England, said: “Emergency Exit Arts delivers high quality outdoor arts work and long-term youth engagement programmes among some of the hardest to reach areas in London and across the country. We are pleased to be match-funding this project with additional support from the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Charlton Athletic Community Trust, with whom EEA has developed strong partnerships. The resulting state-of-the-art Making Space will provide huge benefits to its audience and surrounding community.”

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