Artburst is an award-winning social enterprise providing creative, educational workshops aimed at improving confidence, speaking & listening.
Artburst is an award winning social enterprise providing creative educational workshops that improve the lives of young people and their families.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Nothing from December 15, 2019 to January 14, 2020.
Speak Out Make a Play
Speak Out Make a Play is a programme of one day taster workshops in the Easter half term followed by 1 week-long integrative arts workshops for Year 6 students in the Summer and then the Autumn school holidays During these workshops students will devise, design and create a play in 5 days with support from a team of Artburst facilitators and a trainee Speech and Language Therapist. At the end of the week students perform a play to family and friends. Plays are based on well-known children’s story books such as James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. The plays are filmed and then screened at the popular Hackney Picturehouse.
The project is to support the transition to secondary school for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).
Year 6 students (10 – 11 yr olds)
Taster days – 1 day
1 week (5 days)
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Artburst Minis are integrative arts workshops for Early Years children and their parents/ carers that tour in 6 lead Children’s Centre’s around the Borough of Hackney and run during school term times. There are 20 spaces available for each block of Artburst Minis, with 10 spaces reserved for families with SLCN. The sessions involve storytelling, art, drama, music and movement with a Speech and Language Therapist present and Makaton signs used to reinforce language learning.
Sessions are aimed at supporting children in developing their speaking and language skills before they begin school and in helping parents identify ways of supporting their child’s language learning.
2 – 5 yr olds
Chiara works for Artburst from Monday to Wednesday. She started working for Artburst during her placement for Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and, after the end of her studies, she was hired on a part-time basis as a Facilitator/Administrator. Chiara is a musician, so she really enjoys bringing her instruments along for various sessions and loves to play her flute for the children.
Artburst has a Young Persons’ Committee made up of 10 young people from Hackney Secondary Schools and Academies. All previous participants in Artburst workshops or projects, each of these students has shown a commitment to the company and undertaken a 2 week work placement before being invited to join the Committee. Our Young Persons’ Committee regularly join the Management Committee to share ideas about the development of Artburst, and often act as an invaluable sounding board for new project plans!
We have an experienced team of over 50 actors, artists, musicians, dancers and speech therapists who lead and assist our workshops. All our facilitators have specialist skills and prior experience of working with young people, and undergo additional training with the Artburst team prior to working on one of our projects. Our facilitators bring an amazing range of individual talents and boundless enthusiasm to Artburst’s workshops. If you are interested in working with Artburst as a facilitator, take a look at our workshop leaders page.
The participants involved ranged from year 3 to year 9 students, from a mixed age range of PMLD students to adults with learning difficulties. Over 130 people were involved in making, creating, playing and working together and it really was an amazing experience for everyone, not just the students. So thank you. An amazing week and a truly amazing achievement, your ability to change and adapt your teaching styles to suit the needs of the individual learner is a great asset.Ian Nolan
I had a lot of fun and I will always remember Artburst.Year 6 Participant
It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Artburst this year. As manager of the Museum of London’s learning programme for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, I’m always looking for talented partners to deliver our creative arts projects. I’m delighted to say that in Artburst, I’ve found a team of enthusiastic and dedicated professionals full of great ideas who are highly skilled at improving the confidence and communication skills of the children and young people they work with.Noel Hayden – SEN Programme Manager Museum of London
Artburst delivers a range of festival activities which engage adults and children.
Activities are accessible for all ages and abilities and can be designed to specifically
suit your community or event.
T-shirt painting, finger puppets, magic modcro fish, kites, community or event flag painting,
giant banner painting, interactive storytelling, hand puppets and many more.
Artburst has worked at many festivals such as:
The Big Draw Dalston Festival
The Mayor of Newham Festival
Hackney Spice Festival
Hackney Youth Takeover
Artburst can offer childrens parties for 0 – 5 year olds.
Choose from one of our Ready Steady off We Go! or Make & Paint sessions.
If you would like to find out more please contact us.
Artburst delivers a range of After School programmes.
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 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.
Key stage 1 and 2 (5 – 11 yr olds)
One day a week for a term
Please contact us to find out more about fees and booking.
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