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

  • Summer Dreams Festival

    July 13, 2020, from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm

    Join us for our online children festival on our website www.artburst.co.uk and on our youtube channel Artburst UK.

    Singing, dancing, arts and crafts, yoga special guests, competitions and much more...
    See you all there 🙂

  • Summer Dreams Festival

    July 14, 2020, from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm

    Join us for our online children festival on our website www.artburst.co.uk and on our youtube channel Artburst UK.

    Singing, dancing, arts and crafts, yoga special guests, competitions and much more...
    See you all there 🙂

  • Summer Dreams Festival

    July 15, 2020, from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm

    Join us for our online children festival on our website www.artburst.co.uk and on our youtube channel Artburst UK.

    Singing, dancing, arts and crafts, yoga special guests, competitions and much more...
    See you all there 🙂


Projects

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.

Speak Out Year 2012 – Make a Play

Workshop Name:
Speak Out Make a Play

Description:
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.

Objective:
The project is to support the transition to secondary school for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

Age Range:
Year 6 students (10 – 11 yr olds)

Duration:
Taster days – 1 day
1 week  (5 days)

Watch the ‘Best Bits’ Film, screened at the Hackney Picturehouse:

See the timetable attached.
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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 ‘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

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!

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.

Workshop Leaders

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.


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.
 
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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 & 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.

Support Artburst on Paypal

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!