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, Childrenโ€™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.

You can also follow us on twitter or facebook for the latest news about workshops and events!

What’s On

  • LIVE STREAM Make and Paint

    May 29, 2020, from 10:00 am until 10:30 am

    Come and join us for 30 minutes of LIVE STREAM fun on Facebook @artburstltd and Instagram @artburst .
    Making, drawing, mixing colours...and signing! We are Makaton approved! Session is free but even of a small donation of ยฃ1 would be much appreciated 

  • LIVE STREAM Stories, Singing & Signing

    June 1, 2020, from 10:00 am until 10:30 am

    Come and join us for 20 minutes of LIVE STREAM fun on Facebook and Instagram.
    Singing, dancing, shaking...and signing! We are Makaton approved! Session is free but even of a small donation of ยฃ1 would be much appreciated : ) 

  • LIVE STREAM Make and Paint

    June 5, 2020, from 10:00 am until 10:30 am

    Come and join us for 30 minutes of LIVE STREAM fun on Facebook @artburstltd and Instagram @artburst .
    Making, drawing, mixing colours...and signing! We are Makaton approved! Session is free but even of a small donation of ยฃ1 would be much appreciated 


V&A Museum of Childhood

Artburst has run three strands of the Family Explorers programme for theย V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green since March 2010. The aim of Family Explorers is to create fun,ย interactive educational experiences that encourage parents or kinship carers andย children to learn together.


These sessions are for under 5s and their parents or carers. Wondertots sessions are 90 minute workshops that integrate art, music, movement and drama. The session includes story telling, parachute, dancing, singing, painting and craft making. These weekly workshops are based on the museumโ€™s collections as well as visiting exhibitions. Morning sessions are targeted at bringing Bengali families into the museum and using it as a local resource and afternoon sessions are open access.


Wordburst sessions run daily during the school half term holidays and aim to ignite a passion for reading through family learning. The workshops are designed for 5 โ€“ 11 year olds who stay for the day with their parents or carers and learn a short performance, as well making an item of costume and set. At the end of the workshop they perform a short play to the general public in the museumโ€™s gallery space.

Making SENse

Workshop Type:
Messy fun for under 5’s with speech, language and communication needs. Join the friendly team from Artburst for 90 minutes of storytelling, movement, drama inspired by the Museum’s dolls houses. The workshop will include basic signing and a speech therapist will be present throughout.

Age Range:
Under fives with their parents/carers

90 minute workshops

15 children in the morning and 15 in the afternoon

Home Sweet Home

Booking & Cost:
Sessions are FREE, but space is limited.  Call 020 8510 0220 or email to book a place.

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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 โ€˜green issuesโ€™ explored in class. They will also create a soundscape to accompany the โ€˜Recyclatronโ€™ and their work will be shown in anย 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 โ€˜GREATโ€™. This word will feature in the school’s sensory garden and will be made out of different tactile materials.

Our Team

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!).

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!

Jane Bell – Community Partnerships and Development

Part-time, Monday. Jane has over 25 years experience in the voluntary and community sector. She has developed numerous successful and innovative community arts and regeneration projects in Hackney supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, BBC Children in Need, Inspire, The Learning Trust, Hackney Voluntary Sector Grants, the Department of Business Innovation and Skills among others. Since joining Artburst in 2011 Jane has increased networking and new partnerships, particularly focussing on approaches to engage, and create impact for, disadvantaged families. Jane managed the Speak Out project, funded by Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme and involving around 200 young people from Hackney and their families each year.

Her current role involves creating and sustaining community partnerships to develop projects according to community needs, applying for funding, creating monitoring processes and reporting on outcomes and impact for children and families on Artburst projects.



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.ย 
Artburst has run hugely popular events for the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, London Transport Museum, Thames Festival and many more.ย 
Artburst has also run its own E3 Children’s festival for the past 3 years providing community events for up to 300 families.
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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 & Paintย  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 oldsย 

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.ย  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.

After school clubs develop childrenโ€™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 โ€“ 11 yr olds)

One day a week for a term

10 – 20 children depending on after school option.

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 weโ€™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, Childrenโ€™s Centres, community centres and Museums including the London Transport Museum. Weโ€™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!