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Artist Training Day 2016

Friday 6 May, 10:30am – 5pm

Pleasance Theatre, Carpenters Mews, North Road, London N7 9EF

PLEASE NOTE: This training day is now FULLY BOOKED but there is a short waiting list if you are still interested. 

Streetwise Opera is offering an exciting training opportunity for artists, facilitators and composers who are interested in developing their participatory arts workshop-leading skills.

Using Streetwise Opera’s workshop model, this training will help you understand how (and why) you might break down the process of delivering material and exercises, and recognise the purpose and structure of each step of your workshop. The sessions will be led by Streetwise Opera’s highly experienced Head of Training, Rowan Fenner.

The day will explore: why opera is a powerful art form for homeless people and vulnerable adults, and how to approach it; making material accessible to all; the use of improvisation and devised work; skills-based exercises and warm-ups; how to manage differing needs within the group; how to manage opening up people’s emotions; and why engaging in this work raises confidence and self-esteem.

By attending this training, you will: gain a practical demonstration of skills and exercises from Streetwise Opera’s toolkit; meet other artists and leaders to share experiences and ideas; be able to apply the training to other groups, such as children and young people; experience how it feels to be a participant rather than a leader; learn practical examples of working with musical scores in different ways; and challenge any pre-conceptions of vulnerable people and what they are capable of.

Please note that although you will gain an insight into Streetwise Opera’s ethos and methodology, this training is intended to help you develop skills for leading workshops in a variety of settings, and is not associated with work opportunities at Streetwise Opera.


£50.00 per person for freelance artists/students

£120.00 per person for an organisation sending artists or staff members

Composers: there are a limited number of free places available (and travel expenses if travelling from outside London), funded by the PRS for Music Foundation. Email Tom Verran on if you would like to request a free place.

Further information and booking

To attend this training day, please download and complete the booking form and return it to Tom Verran at For further information, please see the information sheet.


Other training

Streetwise Opera is one of the main providers of training for artists and homeless centre staff working with vulnerable people in participatory arts. As well as our annual Artist Training Day (aimed at artists working in participatory arts), we have delivered training to homeless centre staff around the country through Homeless Link's Get Creative: Arts For All initiative.

Over the last three years, we have worked with artists from English National Opera, the Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera and Glyndebourne as well as many freelance artists and students. To receive information about our next Artist Training Day, please email to register your interest.

We also deliver bespoke training for organisations looking to develop their participatory arts programmes. If you would like to discuss a training project, please email or call 020 7730 9551.