Free Family Workshops for Children with SEND

Sat 20 July 2024 || 10am - 12pm or 2 - 4pm

Booking essential



Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA, UK


Tickets to this event are free but must be booked in advance. Please book 1 ticket per family.


workshop times

We run two separate workshops over the course of the day:
10am - 12pm
2 -  4pm


We warmly invite families with a child/children with SEND (special educational needs and 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 Katriona Beales - an artist educator with extensive experience creating and leading workshops for families with children with SEND - and Tirzah Mileham, an artist and member of Submit to Love, a supported studio based locally in Hackney.

Autograph's gallery is accessible and step-free. You can expect a warm welcome from our staff and volunteers before diving into a fun session of art-making and experimentation. To get a better sense of our workshops, watch the video and see the images below.

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.

Booking Information

Tickets to this event are free, however must be booked in advance as our Family SEND Workshops are extremely popular. We will be running two separate workshops over the course of 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.

Please book 1 ticket per family. After you book a ticket, you will be contacted by Autograph by email to provide more information about the attendees and how we can make the event as accessible as possible for your family.

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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, to find out more about getting to the gallery, accessibility and more.

disabled parking

Two disabled parking bays are available, located directly next to our building.


accessible Toilets

Each floor has an accessible toilet. All toilets are single-occupancy and unisex.



An air purifier will be in the room which filters more than 99.97% of particles.



We will have refreshments including tea and juice available.


Accessibility guide

Download our Accessibility Guide for detailed access information, photographs of our venue, and transport options to Autograph


Visual story

Download our social story in preparation for your child's visit to a Family SEND workshop







"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


Katriona Beales

Katriona Beales is an internationally exhibited artist who makes digital artefacts, objects, moving image and installation. Katriona has a wealth of experience in arts education, particularly in working with SEND, KS4 and 5 students and excluded young people from pupil referral units. Recent work includes new commissions at the V&A and Science Gallery London (2018); a participatory green screen installation 'As we are but not as you know us' at Autograph (2020); a commission for Disrupt & Reflect, online at IMPAKT, Netherlands (2020-21) and a commission for Sotheby’s Institute of Art that will premiere at the Digital Design Weekend at the V&A (2023).

She received an MA from Chelsea College of Arts supported by a Stanley Picker Award and has an artist profile on In 2023 she received a DYCP (Develop Your Creative Practice Award) from Arts Council England. Katriona is also one of three original founding members of Artists' Union England.

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Tirzah Mileham

Tirzah Mileham is a London-based artist; she has been a member of Submit to Love Studios for more than 20 years. Mileham’s practice incorporates drawing, mark making and embroidery to explore pattern, fashion and pop cultural references. Her work has featured in exhibitions including: Making Faces, Southbank Centre, London (2017), Common Threads, Autograph, London (2021); Art is Freedom, Rich Mix, London (2022); differently various, Barbican, London (2023).

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Care, in the Post

How we continued our inclusive workshop programme for families with children with SEND during Covid-19

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Feeling Colour

Download free activity worksheets and make-along with our instructional videos - suitable for the whole family!

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More Family Art Ideas!

Our family art activity worksheets have been created by artist Katriona Beales and are for everyone

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Sun Prints

Free worksheets you can do at home - for all ages and abilities

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Clay Play

Worksheets and videos jam-packed with ideas for creative play with clay.

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Part of the programme

Autograph's Family SEND Programme

Since 2019, we've been making inclusive workshops for the whole family. Find our more about the project

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supported by

Supported by City Bridge Trust, the funding arm of The City of London Corporation’s charity, Bridge House Estates (1035628)

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Banner image: From Family SEND Workshops at Autograph

Your visit: Rivington Place, home of Autograph. Photograph by Zoë Maxwell.

All workshop images: From Family SEND Workshops at Autograph.