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Arts offer (A Team Arts)

'A' Team Arts co-ordinates youth arts programmes across the borough aimed at young people aged 11-19 years, and up to 25 years with Special Education Needs (SEN) who live, work or study in Tower Hamlets.

We work from our base at the Brady Arts and Community Centre (192-196 Hanbury Street London E1 5HU).

The following information covers our current programmes and how to get involved.

Free online summer programme 2020

Tower Hamlets ‘A’ Team Arts are running a full online programme this summer for young people between the ages of 11–19.

We are running sessions for aspiring, curious and motivated designers, artists, musicians, writers and actors. Our sessions are completely free and will offer young people the chance to gain nationally recognised Arts Award qualifications.

Our projects are open to all Tower Hamlets residents as well as young people living in neighbouring boroughs across London.

This year, all our projects will explore how young people can use the arts to help shape a greener future after the Covid 19 Lockdown.

Our young people will be using the arts to look to the future and ask: ‘What Next?

We have three fantastic strands for all ages:

  • Junior Foundation Programme (Ages 11 – 13)
    3–7 August 2020

  • Performance Art (Ages 14 – 19)

  • Summer Art and Design Academy (Ages 14 – 19)
    10– 29 August 2020

Find out more about our courses in the following listing and be sure to register using the email provided. Numbers are limited so register now to secure a place.

What Next?  Junior Foundation Programme

This programme is aimed at young people in years 6, 7, and 8 who have not been able attend school due to Covid-19 pandemic.

It aims to provide young people returning from lockdown with an opportunity to explore the arts through an environmental theme.

Students will work across several different artforms in a friendly, fun and safe environment.

Performance Arts

Building on the success of our ‘Lockdown Storytelling’ and ‘Lockdown Music’ courses for 14 -19’s, we are pleased to announce two brand new performance art programmes, in collaboration with our amazing partners at Community Music and Queen Mary University.

Register as soon as possible to ensure you don’t miss out.

Summer Art and Design Academy 2020

‘A’ Team Arts in partnership with UAL: Central Saint Martin’s Insights Team are pleased to announce this year’s Summer Art and Design Academy Programme consisting of two great opportunities: Design Awareness and Design Futures.

Both programmes are targeted at young people aged 14 -19, that live, study or work in Tower Hamlets. Both strands are accredited courses, offering the chance to gain Arts Award qualifications.

Due to Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s programme will be delivered differently to previous years via an online learning programme. It will provide a safe and secure environment for learners to participate and achieve positive outcomes.

Students will be invited to attend an online induction prior to the start of the courses. Registration in advance is essential for both free programmes, to help applicants become informed and confident with the learning programme.

Programme 1

Programme 2


Deadline for registration is Friday 24 July 2020. Students that apply early for the art and design programme will be given a resource pack.

For further information about this year’s programme, please do not hesitate to contact Sarbjit Natt on 07956 377 537.

House of Fashion, Art and Design

‘A’ Team Arts House of Fashion, Art and Design is currently offering weekly online art sessions on Saturday’s for young people wanting to explore their interest in art and design subjects and possible career pathways. Session times 1.30pm-3.30pm. While also offering one- to- one support.

To get involved and register contact Sarbjit.natt@towerhamlets.gov.uk or call 07956377537.

House of Talent

Lockdown Music Sessions with ‘A’ Team Arts

Every Monday afternoon, ‘A’ Team House of Talent students will be invited to join in a one-hour live tutorial using the free online programme Soundtrap For Education.

On Thursday afternoons each student will get a personal ‘check in’ session with the tutors to answer any further questions they may have. Tutors will also be able to monitor student’s progress through the Soundtrap platform, helping to shape the young people’s music as it is being created.

Session time on:

  • Monday, 4 – 5pm
  • Thursday, 4 – 6pm

We are keen to register new students for this project so please contact mark.pollock@towerhamlets.gov.uk for further details and registration.

Brady Arts Summer Arts Programmes: Arts Opportunities for Young People Aged 11-19

‘A’ Team Arts are looking for new participants to take part in our Summer Programmes based at the Brady Centre (192-196 Hanbury Street, London E1 5HU).

Subject to lockdown restrictions, we aim to deliver a wide range of art-led programmes that includes:

  • fashion and textiles
  • art and design
  • music
  • drama and
  • performance arts.

Get involved

Most of our programmes require no experience of the arts. However, some of our accredited courses may require you to pass a short interview that will allow you to work towards nationally recognised qualifications and support your college and UCAS applications.

Please contact using the following email addresses for more information and how to register

For Performance Arts (music, drama)

Please contact mark.pollock@towerhamlets.gov.uk

For Visual Arts/ Summer Art and Design Academy

Please contact sarbjit.natt@towerhamlets.gov.uk

For general enquiries and youth support

Please contact frances.cherry@towerhamlets.gov.uk