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

Nothing from August 10, 2020 to September 10, 2020.


Projects

April – July 2020 Puppet Theatre at Home

Thanks to the funding from Hackney Grants we were able to continue our work during the Coronavirus pandemic, by running online sessions with selected participants between the age of 8 and 9 years old in collaboration with Hackney Ark.

We sent our participants a kit with a ‘build your own’ theatre and other art resources to get them started on their creative journey. We then had a series of weekly Zoom tutorials with an art, drama and music facilitator to support the participants learning.

Watch the video below to see one of the participants beautiful creations.

Monument Valley 3

It is for him a great time to socialise with clear focus and intentions and ambitions in doing work, a special time dedicated to him, the continuity of engagement and the continuity of work is fantastic. It has been fun and positive for him. Especially in the education/social vacuum that has is lockdown

Mid project comment from parent.

She has learned more about theatre and scripts and music. Editing video too. The Artburst team is very supportive and enthusiastic.

Mid project comment from parent.

Speak Out Year 2013 – 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.
2013 Email Version-2

Mapping Hackney Stories

Mapping Hackney Stories is an exciting literacy transition scheme that brings literacy learning to life for Year 6 pupils. Artburst worked with Victoria Park Books and a Steering Group including individuals from Hackney Learning Trust to raise funding, develop and deliver a pilot for the project in Spring/Summer 2012.

Based on an illustrated map of the writers and stories of Hackney, the project takes local places, people and narratives as a starting point for pupils to explore literacy through their relationship to the local area.

A pilot for the project was completed in July 2012, involving Year 6 classes from Kingsmead, Lauriston and Grasmere Primary Schools in Hackney. The project included a 14-lesson scheme of creative literacy work that was led by teachers in the classroom and visits to the Geffrye Museum, Hackney Archive and local Libraries for custom-built sessions.

During the project, Artburst also ran 3 workshops over 6 days at each of the 3 schools. These action-packed sessions focused on working with 10 children from each class with the lowest literacy levels or levels of engagement in literacy learning. Over 2 days they worked as a team to devise their own stories, inspired by authors from Hackney’s history, create shadow puppets, and record their stories read out loud, with music to accompany them. One the last day each shadow pupet play was filmed. These 3 film were then screened to all children involved in the project, teachers, parents and project partners, at a Celebration Event at Dalston’s CLR James Library in July 2012.

The films can be viewed here:

The Dog That Found It’s Way from Darren Michael on Vimeo.

The Crash from Darren Michael on Vimeo.

Runaway from Darren Michael on Vimeo.

The project received a fantastic response from both pupils and teachers, with the Artburst workshops really raising the enthusiasm for their literacy topic when the children involved returned to the classroom. They also felt a real sense of ownership over the films they created, and the pride they felt at the Celebration Event when the films were screened was clear to all involved!

To find out more about the project you can go to the Mapping Hackney Stories website.

Mapping Hackney Stories was supported by funding from The Ernest Cook Trust and The Equitable Charitable Trust.


Our Team

Chiara Raicovi

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.

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!).

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.

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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!