Paddington Arts is a Youth Arts organisation committed to developing talent and creativity in the community. We encourage young people to use the arts for self-expression and career development. The values at the heart of our work are access, excellence, education and fun. We run workshops in Dance, Drama, Steelpan, Singing and New Media and produce original work for stage and screen.
Paddington Arts offers a unique series of ‘stepping stones’ for local young people, many of whom will use the project, its workshops and activities all the way through from 6 years old to 16 plus. Our workshop approach has proved its success in enhancing life skills and developing talent and leadership abilities from the youngest age group upwards.
For it’s older users Paddington Arts offers a high standard of training and support, careers advice and guidance, including a network of referrals to potential employers and colleges and unique opportunities to work with professional artists, Choreographers, Theatre and Television Directors, Theatre Designers, Costume Designers – to create new and original work.
Many users have gone on to work in the cultural industries, as performers, tutors and technicians, and to other arts and media courses and training.
Our latest project is a Digital Newsroom, where unemployed young people have the opportunity to produce an online magazine featuring young artists and covering youth issues.