Artburst is an award winning social enterprise providing creative educational workshops that improve the lives of young people and their families.

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Artburst’s creative educational workshops integrate drama, art, music and movement, and our programmes are aimed at improving oracy and literacy skills, developing confidence and encouraging a passion for children’s literature. Artburst works extensively with schools, Children’s Centres, Local Authorities, museums and galleries to deliver a range of projects for children of all ages and abilities including those with specific needs. Artburst is a member of The Communication Trust in recognition of the impact workshops have on children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

Artburst projects make a real difference to children’s confidence, social and team working skills. Since founded in 2006 Artburst has worked with over 15,000 children across London.
Artburst is based in Angel, North London. Take a look through our website to find out more about the work we do or contact us on 07435 788 190 or email info@artburst.co.uk for more information.

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What’s On

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Projects

Heathermount The Learning Centre

Artburst has a residency at Heathermount The Learning Centre. We have worked at Heathermount for several years, and this year our residency will run across 3 terms. Heathermount is a specialist school which caters for children and young people, aged 5-19, who have a range of autistic spectrum conditions and Aspergers syndrome. The school is non-maintained and owned by The Disabilities Trust. Each term will feature a different creative project: Term 1: Shadow Stories A film project with the students, based around the literacy unit they are studying and topic work. During the project they will write a script, make shadow puppets, and create and perform a short shadow puppet play which will be screened at the end of term for friends and family. Term 2: Recyclatron Pupils will create an interactive dragon costume made out of recycled objects and linked to ‘green issues’ explored in class. They will also create a soundscape to accompany the ‘Recyclatron’ and their work will be shown in an exhibition showcase at the end of term. Term 3: The Art Cube With the students we will build a giant word out of cubes, spelling out Heathermount’s slogan ‘GREAT’. This word will feature in the school’s sensory garden and will be made out of different tactile materials.

Speak Out

‘Speak Out’ is a 3-year programme tailored for young people in Hackney who have speech, language and communication needs. The ‘Speak Out’ programme is supported by The
Big Lottery Fund, Reaching Communities grant and is funded from January 2011 to January 2014.

The project is run in partnership with Hackney Speech & Language Therapy Service. The project runs in 2 strands Artburst Minis and Make A Play.

BBC Children in Need

Show & Tell

Show & Tell is a 3-year programme running from August 2011 to August 2014 and supported by BBC Children in Need that works with Key Stage 1 students in Tower Hamlets. The project aims to work with disadvantaged 5 – 7 year olds in Lap 6 of the Borough, creating opportunities for them to take part in exciting, entertaining and confidence building activities that they would not usually have the opportunity to access during their school holidays.


Our Team

Rosie Thompson-Agnew

Rosie started as an Intern at Artburst in 2016 and she is now one of our most experienced Facilitators/Administrators. She is in charge of a variety of projects, but rumour has it that her After School Art Club for KS2 is the coolest in the whole of London (ask her students!).

Daisy Porter

Workshop Leader & Administrator

Daisy started at Artburst as an intern in 2015 and has stayed ever since. A trained actor and puppeteer, Daisy draws on her performer background to deliver exciting and energetic workshops in singing, drama and art. Through Artburst Daisy also discovered her passion for Makaton signing and recently received her Level 6 Makaton qualification. Daisy’s favourite thing about working at Artburst is the endless joy and spontaneity that comes with working with children and their families.  

Penny Embden & Amy Bicât – Directors

Penny and Amy met at the age of 4 and many years later in 2006 they formed the company Artburst. In the intervening years Amy trained and worked as an actor, designer, writer and Performing Arts teacher whilst Penny went to Art College, worked as a jewellery and costume designer and lead mural projects with young offenders in partnership with charity NACRO. Penny later studied Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths University and Amy completed a Certificate in the Therapeutic & Educational Application of the Arts at the Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education. In 2006 the two combined their skills and mutual passion for empowering young people through the creative and performing arts to form Artburst. From humble beginnings in a warehouse in Hackney Wick, the company has gone from strength to strength, recently relocating to a new home in Angel, north London.


Workshops

Festivals

Artburst can deliver a range of festival activities from interactive storytelling and singalongs to drop in craft activities for families. We ensure our activities are accessible for all ages and abilities and can be designed to specifically suit your event. 
 
Artburst has run hugely popular events for the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, London Transport Museum, Thames Festival and many more. 
Artburst has also run its own E3 Children’s festival for the past 3 years providing community events for up to 300 families.
 
Monster Mayhem 2019

Children’s Parties

Artburst has a variety of exciting activities for children’s parties:

Ready Steady Off We Go Party for 0 – 5 year olds

45 minutes Makaton approved workshop run by one facilitator featuring unique action songs as seen at the V&A Museum of Childhood and at the London Transport Museum. The workshop includes interactive storytelling, parachute play, singing and dancing.

Make & Paint Party for 1 – 5 year olds

Make & Paint  workshop is 45 minutes of interactive storytelling, making, painting and signing. Each child will make something to take home based around the chosen theme.

Artburst Minis Combo Party for 1 – 5 year olds 

60 minutes workshop combining interactive storytelling, singing, dancing and take home craft. Each child will make something to take home based around the chosen theme.

Artburst Play in a Day Party for 5 – 8 year olds

90 minutes workshop combining interactive storytelling, drama games and craft. There is an option for a short performance at the end of the workshop and each child will make something to take home.

Artburst Drop in Craft Party for 5 – 8 year olds

60 minutes of interactive storytelling and a variety of drop in and craft activities.  Each child will have the option to make something to take home.

Prices vary depending on location, theme and capacity. Contact us for more information.

After School

After school Art Club
Artburst Art Clubs are weekly one-hour sessions. Sessions are artist-led in drawing, painting, model making, textiles, sculpture, photography, print making. Children work in a relaxed setting and with various materials to explore individual and group creative projects. Projects can be themed or open-ended, and always support children in developing their creative ideas.

After school Drama Club
Artburst Drama Clubs are weekly one-hour sessions. Sessions are high energy, fun and inspiring. Sessions are led by professional actors who teach drama and performance, students are encouraged to free their imagination and express their creativity. The sessions include drama games, improvisation, movement and loads of fun!

After school Art & Drama Club
Usually running over a 10 week period these are led by 1 art facilitator and 1 drama facilitator. Projects end in a performance and children make, create, devise and design every aspect of their final show.

Aim:
After school clubs develop children’s confidence and team-working skills. Workshop activities are very much pupil-led and children are encouraged to express their ideas and opinions, creating a real sense of ownership over the whole process.

Age Range:
Key stage 1 and 2 (5 – 11 yr olds)

Duration:
One day a week for a term

Capacity:
10 – 20 children depending on after school option.

Cost:
Please contact us to find out more about fees and booking.

Support Artburst

Artburst is not for profit organisation set up in 2006 and we’ve developed FUN creative education and we’ve won local and national awards! Our sessions develop confidence, creativity and communication skills for children & families. We deliver workshops for schools, Children’s Centres, community centres and Museums including the London Transport Museum. We’re Makaton approved – so you can have fun with signing, as well as singing, movement and art. 

To help in COVID 19 while we’re all at home, staying safe, we’re doing some online sessions to keep us happy and healthy by singing, dancing, creating and having fun while we learn!

We want to be able to provide these for families from all sorts of backgrounds and circumstances. 

If you have the resources to help pay for each session – and to enable us to continue these sessions for everyone, including those who are struggling financially – please pay what you can!