Welcome to Wac Arts
Empowering Young People to Change Their World
Our mission is to empower young people to change their world. Creating a centre of excellence in performing arts and media for all children and young people.
Located at the Old Town Hall, Hampstead, Wac Arts has been home to thousands of talented young people, harnessing their extraordinary potential every year, equipping them to make positive choices for themselves and a positive contribution to society. Our work has opened countless doors for young people, creating life-changing opportunities that may have been otherwise inaccessible to them. Our mission is to be a sustainable arts-inspired educational safe haven for generations of young people, providing high quality training at low cost in fantastic facilities.
Wac Arts is proud to offer innovative programmes and cutting edge training taught by industry professionals in a safe, fun and creative environment. At the forefront of performing arts and media training, Wac Arts proves its dedication to providing young people with the best training opportunities by nurturing diverse talent, empowering young people with disabilities through inclusive technology, celebrating all performance arts such as aerials training and using a creative curriculum to bring out the best in every young person.
In 1978 Camden struggled to provide local young people with adequate and affordable training in the performing arts and media. With this in mind Celia Greenwood, Teresa Noble and Ed Berman set up Wac Arts, with 12 students on a Sunday. Now we have approx 1000 young people benefiting from our performing arts and media training every year!
- Worked with over 30,000 students in past 35 years
- 78% of attendees are BAME and 19% has a disability or special educational need
- Open 7 days a week, 50 weeks a year!
Our vision: Everyone has the right to experience an education in the performing arts and media
We believe that:
- Every young person is entitled to high quality performing arts and media education
- Learning the arts gives you tools for life
- Arts education is transformational and helps people fulfil their potential in life
- Experience of the arts can build confidence; self-esteem and help people overcome great difficulties
- Regardless of background, every person deserves to gain through the arts
- Every single young person has talent in some form –it’s our job to help them find it
Our values: Innovation, Equality, Empowerment, Excellence, Love
Our values seek to guide our activities and reflect how we aim to work as an organisation.
- Innovation: at the cutting edge of arts education
- Equality: free from hierarchy
- Empowerment: nurturing self-belief
- Excellence: outstanding levels of training and performance
- Love: the family you choose to trust
We believe that young people need and deserve access to great facilities in order to achieve. Since 2000 we have been very fortunate to have our base at the Old Town Hall in London’s Belsize Park. Here we have a complex of three buildings connected by a light and bright atrium space and incorporating a purpose-built performing arts and media block. Financed with Arts and Heritage Lottery funding for the millennium, with additional donations raised from a range of sources, we are now able to provide a fantastic environment for creative and talented young people to succeed.
For the 21st century
Fully accessible and blending Victorian, Edwardian and 21st century architecture, the Old Town Hall is an eclectic and stimulating base. It has a range of rooms and state-of-the-art facilities to support our creative curriculum. As well as a theatre space and dance studios, we have ceiling height for aerials and trampolining, music rooms, a drama studio, the sensory pod, a recording studio, video and music technology suites, changing rooms, a one-to-one fitness and pilates space, and much more.
For the community
Firmly located at the heart of the community, Wac Arts also houses a variety of charities and organisations including the University of the Third Age (U3A) and Akademi South Asian Dance UK to form a vibrant community arts hub. Within the limitations of a learning and leisure environment for hundreds of children and young people each week, we are committed to be as ‘open access’ as possible. Our Artists in Residence scheme (AIR) nurtures artists from different disciplines and is regularly open for public viewings. We also offer a range of public classes and performances, rooms for wedding and function hire, and everyone is welcome to visit the Old Town Hall by appointment and to have a look around!
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Wac Arts directly.