We warmly invite families with a child/children with disabilities and their siblings to join us for a free art workshop at Autograph's gallery in Hackney. The whole family is invited to get involved in creative play exploring the senses - playing with textures, light, sculpture and a variety of art materials.
Children with complex needs are welcome. This inclusive event will be led by artist educator Katriona Beales, who has extensive experience creating and leading workshops for families with children with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities).
We will run two separate workshops throughout the day, one from 10am-12pm and one at 2-4pm. Your ticket is only valid for the specific time slot that you book on to. Please only book on to one of the two hour sessions to give other families the chance to attend.
Autograph's gallery is accessible and step-free. You can expect a warm welcome from our staff and volunteers before diving into a fun afternoon of art-making and experimentation.
Our family send workshops take place monthly. Would you like to know when future workshops are announced? Click here to join our Family SEND mailing list.
Everyone is welcome at Autograph. We care about our visitors, staff, artists and community, and are keeping measures in place to help ensure a safe visit for everyone. Have a look at our Visit Us page, it has full information about Covid-19 safety and accessibility at Autograph.
"An amazing group of people who have put on a fantastic afternoon for children with disabilities / SEND and really thought it through. I booked onto this workshop over a month ago, two weeks or so prior to the event I received an email asking about my daughter's needs and requirements - this alone really made me happy. You are asking how you can best prepare for my daughters arrival.
I explained Kyanna was a wheelchair user and the ages of her siblings who would also be attending. They also emailed me 2 days prior saying they have saved me a car parking space which was on the grounds. Every activity that was put out, or reachable by a walking able bodied child, was also available for Kyanna in a table top version. There was absolutely nothing in the room she couldn’t engage with.
On observation all the staff were extremely enthusiastic, engaging and just absolutely lovely with every single child that attended. Each child roamed the room / outdoor space freely with no restrictions what so ever, exploring art in every way possible. We painted, we dressed up using materials and had a fashion show, we played with messy play, explored and just had the best time.
Many places claim to be SEND friendly and are far from it!! SEND inclusive doesn’t just mean being wheelchair accessible, or having a autism hour. It’s about staff who actually care. I’ve already booked onto next month's session and I advise you to do so too!"
— Kiesha attended our July 2020 workshop
"Since I received workshop leader training with Creative Partnerships in 2006 I have worked extensively as an artist educator and workshop leader.
I have a wealth of experience, particularly in working with SEND, KS4 and 5 students and excluded young people from pupil referral units. I was one of the Tate's Artist Workshop Leaders (2013-14), leading SEND workshops as well as primary and secondary school workshops in response to the collections at Tate Britain and Tate Modern. I can't wait to welcome you at the workshop"
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Supported by City Bridge Trust, the funding arm of The City of London Corporation’s charity, Bridge House Estates (1035628)
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