Michael Rosen and the Mayor of Islington open Little Angel Studios
Little Angel Studios is the new Creative Learning Centre run by Little Angel Theatre.
It houses an expanding programme of education and participation activities for all ages, professional development, training and mentoring. It also offers rehearsal, workshop and office space.
Little Angel Studios is both a beacon for artists from across the UK and a vital locally-focussed community resource.
We are at the start of a new term of activities – click here for more information.
Little Angel Studios was officially launched by Michael Rosen and the Mayor of Islington on Wednesday 29th April 2015.
Slavka Jovanovic, Interim Artistic Director of Little Angel Theatre, says ‘When I started as an Education Consultant in 2001, there was a blank canvass. 14 years on, with a vibrant and inclusive education department that delivers a wide range of programmes in our local community, across London and throughout the UK. We are the leaders in puppet education and talent development in England. We offer high quality training to amateurs and professionals and everyone in between. Last year over 8,000 people participated in our activities. And now we have a base from which to run this operation. This will make such an enormous difference to the Education team, the trainers, the participants, the puppetry students, puppeteers and the community. Thank you to our initial funders, The Monument Trust for supporting the first four years, as well as the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, and John Lewis Partnership.”
Michael Rosen says “I’m delighted to be opening this fantastic new building and launching Little Angel’s fundraising campaign. Little Angel Theatre is close to my heart and has been a big part of my own children’s development. The breadth of creative development available to people of all ages is extraordinary and this new site will allow them to do so much more.
Across the sector arts organisations are feeling the squeeze of the recession and reduced arts funding. It’s vital that they are protected, not just so they survive but so they can flourish and benefit us all for generations to come. This is all the more important in light of the drought of arts in the education system. Little Angel Theatre has raised £200,000 of its £500,000 target – please support them generously.”
Michael Rosen is a children’s novelist and poet, the author of 140 books, university lecturer and newspaper and magazine writer. He was the fifth British Children’s Laureate from June 2007 to June 2009 and was recently appointed Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London in order to help run a new MA in Children’s Literature.
Thanks for Fredericks for supporting the event and to De Matos Ryan Architects for providing architectural plans.