Family Workshops for Children with SEND

Sat 25 May 2019 2 - 4pm

Free, booking essential

About the Event

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 Shoreditch. 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.

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). 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.


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Hello, I'm Katriona Beales - workshop leader

"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. Read More

I was the lead artist on South London Gallery’s Supersmashers project (2013-15) looking after children aged 6-12 years old in partnership with social services and carers. Other Clients include Frieze Foundation, SPACE, Bow Arts Trust, Dulwich Picture Gallery, CIM at the University of Warwick, Camberwell School of Art, Havering College, Birkbeck University, Tate Liverpool, Aspire Trust, Liverpool Art and Design Academy, the Bluecoat, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. 

I've exhibited my artwork internationally, most recently showing new commissions at the V&A and Science Gallery London (both 2018). My interdisciplinary project Are we all addicts now? supported by The Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England, was shown at Furtherfield, London (2017). I received an MA from Chelsea College of Arts and have an artist profile on" 

About the experience - from a parent

"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 Mcinnis attended our July workshop

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Two young chilren play with coloured fabric 

How to book a ticket to this event

Tickets to this event are free, however must be booked in advance. You can book tickets using the form on this webpage, on Eventbrite, on the Facebook event, by phoning Autograph at 020 7729 9200, or by emailing book 1 ticket per family.

After you book a ticket, you will be contacted by Autograph via email to provide more information about the attendees and how we can make the event as accessible as possible for your family.

Visiting Autograph

Everyone is welcome at Autograph. We are based in the heart of Shoreditch, East London in EC2A 3BA.

Autograph's iconic building was designed by Sir David Adjaye, and is the UK's first permanent public space dedicated to diversity in the visual arts. It is also fully accessible.

At our gallery and in the community, our learning programme creates welcoming spaces for people to share experiences, make artwork and become inspired.

Accessibility at AUTOGRAPH

Our building Rivington Place is an accessible space with a step-free entrance at street level, and a lift to all floors. Unisex, accessible toilets are located on all floors.

Download our Accessibility Guide for detailed access information about our venue and transport.

We are happy to help. If you would like to discuss your visit, or have any questions, please contact us at or 020 7749 9200

Also on at Autograph

Lola Flash: [sur]passing

Visit our free exhibition before or after the workshop

also on at autograph

Maxine Walker: Untitled

Visit our free exhibition before or after the workshop

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Images, from top: 1) Artwork made during an SEND workshop led by Katriona Beales. 2) Katriona Beales. 3) Lola Flash: [sur]passing exhibition at Autograph, London. Photograph by Zoe Maxwell. 4) Rivington Place, home of Autograph. Photograph by Zoe Maxwell.