Music has more opportunities to create than any other industry

Music

When Ben Street’s fledgling football career was ended by injury, he turned to his first love – music. Now he gets a kick out of performing, promoting and mentoring other artists and running the Wild Paths and Wild Fields festivals. This is his story. It was my grandad on my mum’s side who got me […]

Hooray, we’re having a party 23 July – and you’re invited

Invited

Before fully reopening for classes and a packed performance programme from September, we’re having a party – and you’re all invited. Proving why we’re THE place for performing arts in Norfolk, we’re taking over the streets of Norwich on Friday 23 July with live music, dance and entertainment.  We’re also throwing open our studios where […]

Youth Music’s £149K grant will help us change lives

Youth

Let’s make some noise for Youth Music, which has awarded The Garage Trust £149,000 for its Musical Journeys project. The inclusive programme will help young people across Norfolk and Suffolk hone their skills and build their confidence. Statistics have shown a large rise in mental health issues among Norfolk’s children and young people during the […]

5 ways the performing arts make young people and adults feel better

Better

We could all do with a pick-me-up right now. A little me time. Whatever your age, the link between the performing arts and feeling better physically and mentally is well documented. For example. Until becoming a dad, I didn’t know children learn quicker between birth and the age of eight than at any other point […]

Norwich summer holiday fun for ages two-16

Summer

It’s been a hard time for families. That’s why we can’t wait to be back in our studios this summer with some fantastic holiday activities for ages two-16 this August. Gabby Meadows, our Participation Programme Manager, said: “We know how much young people have to offer – we see it every week in our classes. […]

Inspirational students lead the way in 2020 – a year of online HNCs

Students

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, and potentially for good this time, our HNC Acting Lecturer Sam Webber took a look back at a year of online teaching at The Garage Just over a year ago, the day before the first national lockdown was announced, we were preparing for the final week of our HNC […]

Inclusion difficulties in the age of Covid-19

Inclusion

The continued health restrictions and lockdowns – essential as they’ve been to control the spread of Covid-19 – have presented the Inclusion Team and the young people The Garage works with with a number of new barriers to overcome. Youth Arts Worker Tom Francis explains more. The pandemic has presented major challenges for most people. As […]

Tutors talk cats, creative fatigue and camaraderie

Tutors

With classes continuing online for now, we spoke to The Garage tutors Victoria Taylor, Grace Durbin and The Workshop’s Freddie Main about what it’s like teaching remotely. Just because this is our third term of online teaching doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges – good and bad. But we’ve come a long way since term one […]

Online teaching is a steep learning curve

Online teaching

We’ve had to get creative when it comes to online teaching. Delivering our classes and our HNC and GCSE courses online has been a steep learning curve, as our participation and accredited courses teams explain. Gabrielle Meadows, our Participation Programme Manager, says for the tutors, the switch was about adapting their processes and learning to […]

Free Facebook activities for children this February half-term

Online teaching

Keeping kids entertained over half-term is hard at the best of times. With national restrictions still in place and home schooling on hold for a week we’ve planned a short timetable of free online challenges and activities this half-term based on our class programme that runs via Zoom in term-time. Our Participation Programme Manager Hannah […]