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 for more information.

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What’s On

  • Ready Steady off WE GO! in Angel

    January 29, 2020, from 10:00 am until 10:45 am at: Artburst, Wynford Community Hall, Risinghill Street Angel N1 9SY

    Ready steady off we go , stretch up high from head to toe... Come along to Artburst's home for 45 minutes of story telling, parachute play, singing and dancing. Featuring original songs from the V&A Museum of Childhood's Wondertots sessions. Suitable for 0 - 5's £6 per child, siblings half price. No booking required.

  • Make & Paint @ Yummy Yummy in My Tummy

    January 30, 2020, from 10:00 am until 10:45 am at: Yummy Yummy in My Tummy Cafe, 56 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 7PB

    Make & Paint @ Yummy Yummy in My Tummy Cafe
    45 minutes of making and painting at this new children's cafe in Stoke Newington. The session begins with interactive story telling before things get messy! Be sure to dress for mess (you and your child). Suitable for 1 - 5 year olds but all ages welcome, under 1 siblings come free! £9 per child, participating siblings half price. Where possible please tell us in advance if you are coming as sessions involve lots of preparation! Short notice is fine 🙂

  • Make & Paint @ Yummy Yummy in My Tummy

    January 31, 2020, from 10:00 am until 10:45 am at: 56 Stoke Newington High Street N16 7PB

    45 minutes of making and painting at Yummy Yummy in my Tummy cafe. Session begins with interactive story telling before things get messy! Be sure to dress for mess (you and your child). Suitable for 1 - 5 year olds but all ages welcome, under 1 siblings come free! £9 per child, participating siblings half price. Where possible tell us in advance if you are coming as sessions involve lots of preparation, short notice is fine 🙂


Speak Out Year 2012 – Minis

Workshop Name: Artburst Minis Description: 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. Objective: 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. Age range: 2 – 5 yr olds Duration: 90 minutes See the timetable below. ArtburstMinisFinal-1          

Museum of London

Shadow Stories from the Streets of London

Working in collaboration with The Museum of London, with funding provided by The Goldsmiths’ Company, Artburst worked with three SEN schools in a shadow puppets film project.

Between April and July 2016, seven classes from Oak Lodge, Drumbeat and College Park schools developed their very own unique shadow puppet films inspired by the Museum of London’s collections. Each class worked collaboratively in shared story building to create the script, puppets, backdrops and sound track to their films.

The project culminated in a celebratory ‘Grand Premiere’  in which all seven films were shown in the Museum of London’s Weston Theatre. There were even Oscars! All the participating students were invited along with their teachers, support staff and parents.

Again, a huge Thank You to The Goldsmiths’ Company, without whose support this project would not have been possible.

Oak Lodge School (KS3) – The Boy Who Went to the Palace

Oak Lodge School (KS4) – Captain Oak and His Evil Finger

Oak Lodge School (KS5) – Max and the Magic Shoes

Drumbeat School (KS2) – Justin and his Big Boots 

Drumbeat School (KS2) – Speedy and Sparkle: Adventure Back in Time 

College Park School (KS3) – Tony’s Big Adventure 

College Park School (KS3) – The Prince, the Knights and the Food Fight 

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.

Our Team

Interns & Volunteers

Artburst also work extensively with interns and volunteers, from young people looking for work experience placements, to grown ups wanting to develop their skills or change careers. We work closely with Inspire! and the Central School of Speech and Drama to arrange placements where candidates can gain experience ranging from arts administration to workshop delivery. To find out more about volunteering with Artburst see our Volunteers & Interns page.

Young Persons’ Committee

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!


Rosie Thompson-Agnew

Rosie works on Mondays and Fridays and she is 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!).




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.

Options include:
T-shirt painting, finger puppets, magic modcro fish, kites, community or event flag painting,
giant banner painting, interactive storytelling, hand puppets and many more.

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Artburst has worked at many festivals such as:
Bloomberg Festival
Thames Festival
Shoreditch Festival
The Big Draw Dalston Festival
The Mayor of Newham Festival
Park Life
Hackney Spice Festival
Hackney Youth Takeover


Children’s Parties

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.


After School

Workshop Type:
Artburst delivers a range of After School programmes.

PIADAfter 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.

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

One day a week for a term

25 children

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

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