The Agency 2019

The Agency arrives

The Agency has begun at Blackhorse Workshop! We’ve recruited a talented group of 15-25 year olds from Higham Hill and Walthamstow who have ideas that need to happen.

Agents on the programme will receive professional training, support, funding and advice they need to make their project benefit our local community. It can be anything from boxing workshops to a music festival, natural beauty products to community football.

They’ll pitch their idea to an expert panel to win £2,000, and make a positive change, lead a unique business, and gain the skills needed to achieve.  See some of the past Agency projects on Instagram.


We’re looking for Mentors to support our Agents with their business ideas. If you’d be interested in becoming an Agency Mentor, please get in touch with Xenia at


Saturday 6th July – Community Event, 2pm – 5pm at Blackhorse Workshop

Saturday 20th July – Judging Panel, 9am – 2pm at Blackhorse Workshop


Sessions take place every week from Wednesday 1st May 2019 – Saturday 20th July 2019:

  • Wednesday Sessions: 5.30 – 7.30pm at Blackhorse Workshop
  • Saturday Sessions: 11am – 5pm at Waltham Forest Community Hub


The Agency UK is a Battersea Arts Centre and Contact programme devised in partnership with People’s Palace Projects. Current partners include: Blackhorse Workshop, National Theatre Wales and Fablab Belfast. Funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund and London Borough of Culture – a Mayor of London initiative, with support from City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust and Airbnb. The Agency is a programme originally conceived by Marcus Faustini in Rio de Janeiro where it is delivered by Agência de Redes para a Juventude. The UK pilot (2013 – 15) was funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.