WAW CREATIVE ARTS
The World's First Muslim Creative Arts School
Promoting positivity and self-confidence in faith, through creative expression.
Who Are We?
WAW Creative Arts is the world's first Muslim creative arts school, located in London. WAW (pronounced as the Arabic letter 'و', and stands for Who Are We) motivates students to become more expressive, self-confident and assured to deal with life's challenges both inside and outside of the school. Our mission is to challenge stereotypes around Muslims and be a bridge between Islam and modern society, by displaying how Islamic values are shared across different faiths and can act as a vessel for unity and peace.
We provide a safe space for students to engage in creative activities, within an environment that inspires them. We teach drama and singing (vocal only) which is centred on historic Islamic events and stories derived from the Quran, and art classes cover themes such as Islamic calligraphy, geometry and the evolution of art influenced by Islam.
At WAW, we also focus on creating a fun and energetic environment for our students. Our teachers and assistants ensure a warm and friendly welcome to the class and every child feels engaged with and is given the opportunity to express themselves.
We also undertake many community outreach work. In April and December 2020 we held two online festivals, the first was a creative festival and second a wellbeing festival, both were focused on bringing the Muslim community together through free workshops carried out by influential Muslim creatives globally. These included Zain Bhikha (Singer), Omar Regan (Actor & Director), Ilyas Mao (Vocal Only Producer & Singer), Omar Esa (Vocal Only Producer & Singer), Hassen Rasool (Artist), Mennel (Singer, The Voice, France) and Lauren Booth (Actor, featured on I'm A Celebrity..Get Me Out Of Here!).
Our online workshops were attended by people aged 4 – 65 and from all faiths.
At WAW Creative Arts we try to be the source of motivation for the next generation and help them become young leaders, who are confident with who they are and their faith. We want our students to be the carriers of good values from Islam and faith in a positive light.
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WAW Creative Arts has been featured in several mainstream media outlets to date. These have included BBC, Islam Channel, Channel S to name a few.