About Us

Green Shoes Arts is a not-for-profit arts organisation founded in 2009 by four Goldsmiths Graduates. Since then we have worked together with the residents of Barking & Dagenham. We deliver a wide range of innovative, fun and sustainable participatory arts projects in many different art forms including drama, dance, music, film, photography and visual arts.


We work closely with local residents and other local services, including the local authority, to make sure that we provide creative opportunities that our community are interested in.


We created Green Shoes Arts on a strong belief that involvement in the arts makes a genuine difference in people’s lives, and in doing so makes a meaningful difference within a community. Current and previous works includes successful youth theatre and dance programmes, visual art, music and drama workshops for adults with mental health issues, and accredited arts programmes within schools and much more.


Our youth provision is dynamic, engaging and, most importantly, fun. We develop projects in response to local need – this can be anything from offering young people access to Arts Award accreditations, to helping young people develop theatre skills and basic leadership skills, to offering dance workshops. Find out more, click here.


Our adult provision is specifically aimed at local people with identified barriers in life, such as mental health issues, social deprivation and disability. We offer people the chance to try new arts activities, meet new people and develop confidence. Our adult provision offers some of the most isolated and disadvantaged people in our local community the chance to develop new skills and make positive steps forward in their lives. Find out more, click here.


Here at Green Shoes Arts we are keen to engage people in local and national heritage through arts and creative experiences. Our Pause, Rewind and Play project was funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, investigating and exploring playground games through the ages. We work closely with local schools to creatively explore local and national heritage with professional facilitators, actors, and heritage specialists on hand to give an interactive, informative and fun way of learning about history. Find out more, click here.


Our Associate Artist programme exists to enable emerging community artists to develop their practice in a safe environment where they can receive training and support to deliver high quality community arts projects in the Borough.


We also support participants from previous projects who are keen to take the next step in developing their own community practice. GSA delivers training, support, feedback and development for people who are eager to learn from our more experienced facilitators and practitioners. Find out more, click here.

We know that being involved with the arts as a participant or as a viewer can have a profound effect on people's lives; whether it is running a film project for young people at risk of exclusion or giving adults with learning difficulties the chance to create stories and perform in front of an audience, we know that life is made more enjoyable and rewarding when we spend time doing something creative with a group of friends, old and new.If you believe the arts are as important as we do, please consider making a small donation. We appreciate your continued support!