Arts and media activities

Part of HCA, 1A Arts is a community arts provider delivering activities for children and young people, adults, and over 60s in and around Holborn. All of our creative activities are delivered using a participatory approach, designed to welcome and encourage the whole community to give arts a go. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced artist or first-time paintbrush holder!

Arts Classes for Children and Young People

Our creative groups for children and young people inspire curiosity, develop skills and help children to make friends through creative play. We currently run a weekly Creative Communication Group for children aged 6-16 years old with autism and social communication difficulties.

We have also started two new art and sport after school group collaborations, one with social housing provider One Housing and the Calthorpe Project, and the other on the Tybalds Estate.

We also run popular weekly after school pottery classes for children and young people. A space like our pottery studio – with professional teaching, access to specialist tools and equipment and our own kiln, facilitates people’s creativity and learning.  

Our Digital Media Project offers children and young people opportunities to experiment with new technologies and digital art forms from animation, glitch art and illustration to film-making and sound installations.  We hold a weekly Media Arts Club during term-time, run inspiring Trips Out, and deliver digital media activities in community settings, as well as partnering with local cultural institutions for an annual Summer Film Project such as Somerset House, Sir John Soane’s Museum, Francis Crick Institute and Foundling Museum to improve young people’s digital arts skills and increase their confidence and aspiration.

You can view young people’s films here and read their Media Arts Club blog and Summer Film Project 2018 blog.  

Arts Classes for Adults

Our recently developed adults classes aim to support people to continue to build on their creative practice, whilst using the arts as a tool to bring people together.

Our established adult pottery workshops provide a supportive creative space for people to develop skills in ceramics supported by an experienced potter.

We have been running popular Masterclass sessions since September 2018, encouraging local people to try new skills in relaxed one off evening sessions.

We have also started a weekly art group specifically for Carers as well as a Make and Mend group.

Art Classes for Over 60’s  

Alongside our older people’s day centre activities we also offer regular creative activities for over 60s at 1A Arts. Fortnightly Pottery and Creative Writing classes provide a creative outlet for older members of our community on Friday afternoons. We also run popular Sunday Socials, a monthly opportunity to get together with others, have a cuppa and try a new art activity.

Holiday Projects and Community Events

In addition to our regular arts programme, we can often be found running events in our local community. Our annual Fun Palace at Conway Hall is a day of exploring, learning and fun. We also love to run creative holiday projects, keep an eye out for our upcoming programmes.

If you’d like to know more about any of our arts activities please get in contact

Location: 1A Roseberry Avenue, London, EC1R 4SR

Following the advice set out by government on 16th March we have sadly taken the decision to close the majority of our activities for the moment.   Our care provision for members at Millman Street will continue for now.  Our Befriending Scheme will start linking people by phone
The following activities will cease as of today
Activities for drop in members at Millman Street
Gymnastics, Taekwondo and Ballet sessions
Pottery sessions
Daily Under 5’s sessions
Media Arts Club
Sport Meets Art
Creative Communications Sessions
Carers Art Group
Over 60’s pottery and creative writing
Activities for drop in members at Millman Street
Digital Storytelling
Make and Mend group
Like many of you we are thinking hard about how to support the community over the next few months.  We will be in touch with details of what our offer looks like, how you can help and how you can get help.  In the meantime you can also join local ward based whats app and facebook groups organising support – follow this link to see how you can help