Artburst is an award winning social enterprise providing creative educational workshops that improve and empower the lives of young people and their families, through creative and performing arts.

Our activities are process-led and always integrate drama, art, music and movement. The objective is to improve oracy and literacy skills, develop confidence and encourage a passion for children’s literature.

We run workshops and projects for children from the ages of 0 to 19. We are a small core team working with a large network of highly experienced arts and drama facilitators, who with a range of specialisms, lead and deliver workshops to a wide range of participants, from children with learning difficulties to families from disadvantaged backgrounds.

We work extensively with schools, children’s centres, Local Authorities, museums and galleries to deliver a range of family learning and creative community projects. We work in partnership with organisations such as Hackney Speech and Language Therapy Team, BSix College and the V&A Museum of Childhood to develop bespoke projects for specific groups.

Since 2006 Artburst workshops have empowered over 15,000 families and young people through the arts. 50% of these young people and families have had specific needs such as low literacy levels, autism, speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and English as an additional language (EAL).

We work across London with 50% of our work taking place in the London Borough of Hackney, 25% in Tower Hamlets, 20% in other London Boroughs such as Newham, Wandsworth, Havering, Redbridge and Richmond, and 5% have happened outside of London.

The Artburst programme includes Artburst Minis; an interactive workshop of singing, dancing, storytelling and art, for under 5s and their parents and carers. Show & Tell: workshops for Key Stage 1 children involving story telling, drama games and a carousel of art activities ending in a sharing. Play in a Day: a whirlwind performance-based workshop for Key Stage 1 & 2 children, based on well-loved children’s storybooks where children explore a story through drama, music and movement. They also design and make costumes and backdrops for their tale. Make a Play: a week-long performance-based workshop for 8-12 year olds where participants devise their own script based on a classic children’s story, build sets and create costumes. On the final afternoon of the project children perform and showcase their impressive creations to family and friends.

The quality of Artburst's work has been recognised by the Adiaha Antigha Award 2011 for "Organisation Contributing to Children's Well-being" and being shortlisted as a finalist for the Communication Trust national "Shine a Light" Award 2012.