EAST Education Summer School is taking place at Here East this Summer. We are inviting 13 – 16 years olds from the local area to take part in our exciting free Summer School which will be taking place from 29 July – 9 August. 

At Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, we are creating a new exciting cultural and education district - East Bank - which will see UCL, UAL’s London College of Fashion, the BBC, Sadler’s Wells and the V&A in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution expand their offer to east London. Ahead of these world class institutions arriving here, they wish to work with local young people in east London as part of this high quality summer school programme.

This free Summer School will give 13 – 16 year olds the chance to try something new and develop skills and knowledge in fashion, printmaking, rap/dance and archaeology. Take a look at the Summer School offer and decide which courses you would like to take part in. 

Applications are now open and will close shortly on 12 July 2019.

Application form

The Summer School will take place at:

Here East
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
E20 3BS

Map of the Park 

A free shuttle service operates between Stratford Station and Here East https://hereeast.com/find/directions/shuttle/ 

Week 1

  • Monday 29th July  – Tuesday 30th July, 10am – 4pm daily


    An interactive four-day course exploring fashion, film and storytelling, all from your phone. Learn about the history of cinema and filmmaking, how films are made and who makes up a film crew, then use your phone to put your new skills into practice and make a film of your own.

  • Thursday 1 August, 1:30 – 4pm

    A hands-on half day course exploring creating 2D artwork to then transform into 3D pieces, gaining an understanding of how artists can use similar objects to create multiple pieces.

  • Tuesday 30 July, 10am –  4pm

    A one-day workshop featuring a range of interactive activities on environmental topics including: fashion and the environment; up-cycling; food and the environment; regrowing your food; sustainable communities and more.

  • Monday 29 July – Friday 2 August, 10am – 4pm daily


    Named after the Arabic for ‘moving forward’, Taqaddam is a programme that supports the development of young people’s life skills and is usually run in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. In this five-day course will focus on creating – and delivering – projects that aim to address issues within the local community.

  • Monday 29 July – Friday 2 August, 10am – 4pm daily

    A five-day course for lovers of computer games, focusing on designing experiences of play – including the emotional experience – and how games are created. Come with an interest in all kinds of games and leave with a new skillset on game development.

  • Wednesday 31 July – Friday 2 August, 10am – 4pm daily

    A collaborative 3-day course on architecture and design, covering development and drawing, prototyping and creating wearable architecture to take away.

  • Monday 29 July – Friday 2 August, 10am – 4pm daily

    Try out a range of DIY graphics techniques and creative processes, such as printmaking or creating zines, with a special focus on campaigning, spreading the word and influencing opinion in this 5-day course led by designer Sahra Hersi.

  • Tuesday 30 July, 10am – 4pm

    A one-day interactive workshop demonstrating how mainstream tools such as drone technology can be used in positive ways, such as capturing and mapping the environment.

  • Thursday 1 – Friday 2 August, 10am – 4pm

    Handle objects from around the world and explore ‘stuff’ from different cultures, finding inspiration from objects in our everyday lives with the help of poet Toni-Ann La-Crette – a two-day course to aid creative thinking.

  • Monday 29 July – Friday 2 August (no class on Thursday 1 August) – 11:30 – 5.30pm


    A four day dance workshop where you will learn moves in afro beats, contemporary, ballet and more, this is for anyone interested in trying out new styles.

Week 2

  • Monday 5  – Wednesday 7 August, 10am – 4pm daily

    A fun and interactive three day course covering the key components of the fashion business, including design, style, marketing, retail and more.

  • Monday 5 – Tuesday 6 August, 1.30 – 4pm daily

    A course over two half days following the journey and process of objects from archaeological excavation to museum display. Handle ancient Egyptian objects, learn how to catalogue, label and display a collection and present a shot informative museum-style talk.

  • Wednesday 7 August, 10am – 4pm

    A one-day creative writing workshop – craft and perform your own piece of poetry, with help and guidance from an expert facilitator.

  • Thursday 8 August, 10am – 4pm

    An interactive and inspiring one-day workshop focusing on the creative writing process through using objects as prompts to explore, creative and develop characters who owned the chosen objects.

  • 9 August, 10am – 4pm

    An exciting one-day workshop on foreign languages and translation – you don’t need to speak a foreign language to join in.

  • Monday 5 August, 10am – 4pm

    Did you ever collect toys? Stickers? Pokémon? Heard about the woman who collected eight thousand teddy bears? This one-day session will investigate what makes a collection in a museum, and what you might include in a museum all about yourself.

  • Wednesday 7, Thursday 8 or Friday 9 August, 10am – 4pm

    With the help of a BBC sound engineer, explore the Park and take sound recordings of wildlife in this interactive three-day course – the final recordings will be used to create a Lost Words Sound Trail as part of the BBC Lost Words Prom on 25 August.

  • Monday 5 August, 10am – 4pm

    A must for Harry Potter fans! Tech company Kano created a wand that users can program to cast spells when they have their hand. In this one-day workshop, assemble your own wand, program what effects the spell gestures should have and play with your spells in the accompanying app.

  • Tuesday 6 –  Wednesday 7 August, 10am – 4pm daily

    A two-day digital storytelling workshop, using museum objects to trigger stories about a day in east London in 2050. As well as digital storytelling, this workshop will cover aspects of storyboarding, video editing, audio recording and editing and video production. Bring along a photo or object that connects you to the place where you live now to make the most out of the day.

  • Monday 5 – Tuesday 7 August, 10am – 4pm daily

    A three-day programme combining art, writing, history and activism. Through unique access to some of UCL Special Collections’ archives of rare magazines and publications, explore how trailblazers used the printed format to break conventions, then create your own personal publication with help from artists.

  • Monday 5 – Friday 9 August, 11.30am – 5.30pm daily

    A 5-day dance workshop led by Miles Ncube, incorporating African, contemporary and hip hop styles. Learn about body movement and creativity, and produce a performance at the end of the week.

  • Monday 5 – Friday 9 August, 11.30am – 5.30pm daily

    A varied and interactive 5-day workshop spanning rap, grime, music, theatre skills and dramaturgy as you work on produce a creative project of your own.

  • Monday 5 – Friday 9 August, 10am – 4pm daily

    Learn to design and hack your own video games in this 5-day course led by games designer Matteo Menapace. Explore and experience the creative process from idea to playable game – no prior experience is needed.

  • Monday 5 – Friday 9 August, 10am – 4pm daily

    A series of interactive workshops across 5 days led by experienced dance filmmakers Jessica Write and Morgann Runacre Templte (Jess and Morgs). Create your own movement material inspired by a theme, then learn filming techniques to capture the choreography and follow the process through from the edit to a completed short film.

East Summer School is just one example of how the partners coming to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are already working with together and with local communities in east London to make sure that the benefits of the project are felt by all.