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Have you always wanted to pursue a career in the arts? Write lyrics? Act? Make a film? Let’s tell new stories. Our stories. By residents. For residents.

WE START  is dedicated to starting you off in your career in the arts, or to support your current career through the arts. 

We start new hobbies and obsessions with increased access to arts for local people.

What is We Start?

WE START is a new, free, service for North Kensington residents, run by The Playground Theatre and supported by The Grenfell Projects Fund.

We increase participation and expertise across the arts, providing expert-led workshops and performance opportunities in poetry, writing and sculpture to name a few.


We have commissioned documentaries, theatre pieces, poets, musicians and community projects. We collaborate with local partners like W11 and the National Theatre to provide Careers Day Events and VCKC to provide access to all career development sessions. 


We offer free theatre tickets to the NT, or Royal Court, for any first-time theatre goers, backstage tours at the NT and online 1-2-1 advice sessions for aspirational early career artists. 


We are supported by Grenfell Project Fund 2 and our partners on this project are: The National Theatre, The Royal Court, Yaa, Rugby Portabello Trust, LWRA and W11 Neighbourhood Team. 


It doesn’t matter what age you are, your access needs, or what experience you have. We are eager to hear from you any time and we’re open to any idea.

Please use the link below to register your details or email Phil on

and we’ll be straight in touch:


Please contact to register for any project.


In partnership with the Dalgarno Trust:

Every Monday from January 15th 17:00 - 18:00

Free Poetry workshops with professional poet Talitha Wing

Age range 11 – 16. 


In partnership with W11 and the NT:

Employment and Training Fair

January 2024 

Kensington Leisure Centre, 

Tue, 30/1/2024 



In partnership with the National Theatre:

Community screening of ‘Grenfell in the words of Survivors’ Morley College

5th March

Please enquire with us

Free community tickets for NT shows


In partnership with Young K&C, Saatchi Gallery and The Royal Court:

LGBTQIA+ Arts groups.

Come and watch plays, attend writing masterclasses and make art with top modern artists at some of RBKC’s premier institutions.


In partnership with The Saatchi Gallery:

Free learning days for local groups, with professional artists and writers at the prestigious Saatchi Gallery. Free exhibition entry and a making workshop.  


In Partnership with Urban Screen, The Screen Community and W11:

Saturday Film Culture Club, Saturday 3rd Feb – 6th April

10:30 – 16:30

Baseline studios W11 4AT

Age range: 14 – 21

Come along and explore films from different cultures, discussing them, making a new film podcast and making new friends. 


WE START runs frequent workshops and activities across the artistic spectrum with professional artists. If you or your group, wants to be empowered to tell your story through art, or develop a craft you already have, we want to hear from you.  


And from our friends at Saatchi Gallery:

One Word warmly invites you to their first edition of free poetry workshops @ Saatchi Gallery - starting Sunday 28th January. 

Come and experiment with different ways of writing in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere. No prior experience needed, all levels welcome!

The workshop runs Sunday 14:00pm-16:00pm (2 hours) @ Saatchi Galleries Learning Department (lower ground floor - wheelchair accessible).

Any questions email or message us on insta @onewordworkshop

there are limited spaces available. Free tickets can be booked via the Eventbrite here



KCSC - Kensington & Chelsea Social Counci

Formed in April 2002 we are the result of a merger of the Chelsea and Notting Hill Social Councils. The former was established in 1968 to meet local needs in areas that now make up the south of the borough, while the latter was founded in the late 1950's in the aftermath of the social disturbances in the area.

We offer a range of services that help us support health, voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) and Residents in the borough. This includes access to training and funding, advice and information, as well as facilitating the voice of the local voluntary and community sector, building and supporting community led action, as well as representing the sector at a strategic level. We also offer a number of schemes and initiatives including volunteering.


The Kensington and Chelsea Foundation

In a borough usually associated with affluence and wealth, there are also areas of severe deprivation. We identify and support projects which improve the lives and life chances of disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our community

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