To make it more fun there will be a bar-b-q, films and competitions every day. There will be DJs some days and surprises on others. Everyone will be welcome whether you are taking part or not as it will be a cool place to hang out.
There are about 20,000 young people aged 12-18 living in Hounslow and they speak over 100 different languages. Many of them have very limited opportunities to interact with culture outside of school.
Developing their creativity, sociability and self-esteem through their involvement with arts has real benefits for them, their families and society more generally. We also know that such events lead to young people considering new and previously unexplored ideas for education and career paths. And we know the positive difference that arts courses can make to young people because that’s what they’ve told us when we’ve asked.
Activities range from musical theatre courses by Theatre Workout; film production by Chocolate films; theatre workshops by Hunt Academy for Young Actors; workshops in the creative industries, graffiti art, parkour and street dance. (Full list available from Watermans, but diary events are listed below).
At the end of each workshop week there will be a showcase where all the work that has been created by everyone will be performed or displayed for friends, parents and supporters to enjoy. There will be a free film screening for ages 12+ at the end of each day in the Cinema (except the final day).
There will be a photographic record of Urban Ambush activities as it happens and the results will feature in an exhibition of work at Watermans later in the year.
Watermans is delighted to announce major funding by Heathrow Communities for Youth. Urban Ambush is presented in partnership with LB Hounslow and is the borough’s creative arts offer for young people during the summer school holiday. We would also like to thank Heidlberg, DunnHumby, and individual customers for their support
DIARY OF EVENTS
Ariel Dance led by Zu Aerial
Zu Aerial utilise circus and dance theatre to create highly evocative work. Workshops will include movement and dance based warm ups, contact dance and acro-balance.
Monday 29 July – Fri 2 August 10.30-4.30pm
Film Production led by Chocolate films
29 July – 2 Aug & 12 – 16 August for ages 13 – 18
5-9 Aug & 19 – 23 Aug for ages 8 – 12
A professional filmmaker will run a five day course in film production focussing on skills such as script writing, directing, filming & editing
Graffiti Art led by Paint My Panda
29 July – 2 August for ages 8 -12
5-9 August for ages 13 – 18
There is more to graffiti art than spraying paint on a wall – these workshops are educational, fun and can be worked to any theme.
Musical Theatre led by Theatre Workout
29 July – 9 August for ages 13-18
This is a two week course where participants will learn acting, dancing, and singing skills and perform a shortened version of a west end musical at the end. No previous experience is necessary just enthusiasm!
Robots and Avatars led by body>data>space
29 July – 2 August for ages 13-18
Come and learn how to design Avatars and navigate virtual bodies online. (Participants must have a general computer knowledge and an interest in using virtual worlds)
Creative Industries led by Eventful
5-9 August & 19 – 23 August for ages 13-18
Creative trainer Simon Green and his team work regularly with young people on creative media and music technology workshops with the likes of Prince’s Trust’s and the BBC.
Bollywood dance by Bollywood Vibes
5- 9 August (ages 8-12 am) (ages 13-18 PM)
Parkour & Street Dance led by Parkour Dance
12-16 August for ages 8-12 & 19 -23 August for ages 13-18
Parkour Dance encourages exploration, insight, strength and self-expression through moving in relation to the environment, body and mind.
Street Art Academy led by Emergency Exit Arts
12-16 August for ages 13-18
Working with professional street art practitioners participants will explore outdoor performance techniques.
Play in a Week led by Youth Theatre Director, Angela Michaels 12-16 August for ages 8-12
Play in a Week led by Sarah Hunt of Hunt Academy of Young Actors 19-23 August for ages 13-18
Recycled Sculpture led by Michelle Reader
12-16 August for ages 13-18
19-23 August for ages 8-12
Michelle makes unique figurative recycled sculptures from household and industrial waste combined with found objects sourced from charity shops and reclamation yards.
Participants will work collaboratively to explore ideas, investigate materials, design and create work for a space outside Watermans
Most workshops cost between £100 – £150 a week with early bird booking discounts and concessions for booking more than one workshops. Prices have been kept low and these costs have been subsidised through donations and grants
Box Office: 020 8232 1010