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

  • Make & Paint @ Yummy Yummy in My Tummy

    February 21, 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 🙂

  • Ready, Steady off WE GO!

    February 24, 2020, from 10:00 am until 10:45 am at: Wynford Community Hall, Risinghill Street N1 9SY

    Stretch up high from head to toe! Come and join Artburst in our new home for 45 minutes of singing, dancing, storytelling and parachute play. Featuring original Artburst action songs written for the V&A Museum of Childhood and the London Transport Museum! BABIES WELCOME!

    £6 per child, siblings half price. No booking required. FREE FOR PEABODY RESIDENTS!

  • Make & Paint

    February 24, 2020, from 11:15 am until 12:00 pm at: Wynford Community Hall, Risinghill Street N1 9SY

    45 minutes of making and painting at Artburst HQ! 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!

    Where possible tell us in advance if you are coming as sessions involve lots of preparation, short notice is fine 🙂

    £9 per child, participating siblings half price. FREE FOR PEABODY RESIDENTS!


V&A Museum of Childhood: Making SENse

Artburst delivered the regular Making SENse workshops at the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. The workshops were designed to welcome parents with children who have special educational needs and explore how museums and galleries can support their child’s special developmental needs. The programme aimed to develop the family’s familiarity and confidence within a museum setting, utilising existing displays, interactive, and resources to maximum benefit.

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.

Photo of resources

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.


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 

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.


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.

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!




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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