Performing and Visual Arts and Music

There are lots of creative and therapeutic opportunities available in Southwark and its neighbouring boroughs. There are specialist, inclusive and mainstream services which cover a large number of interests including; dance, drama and various art and craft activities.

Our inclusive Spectacular sessions will provide a safe and supportive environment for SEND children and young people, including arts and crafts, drama, dance, fun and games - our Superstar sessions are the place to be in Southwark!

Our experienced team is focused on delivering sessions that promote fun and friendships.  

Our sessions are pre-bookable only so we can ensure we can provide an excellent level of care with a staff ratio of 1:3 or limited 1:1 spaces.

Location: Spa School Camberwell 150 Southampton Way SE5 7EW

When: Saturdays

Ages: 8 - 19 years

FURTHER DETAILS AND BOOKINGS, PLEASE GO TO  EEQU booking page here.

Click here (pdf, 142kb) to download the privacy statement for the Southwark Short Breaks EEQU Booking System. 

Support provided

We offer five 1-to-1 spaces & 15 1-to-3 spaces on each of our sessions (please select the correct ticket), medical needs are considered, an assessment will be carried out for ALL children prior to all bookings being confirmed.

Eligibility criteria

  • General short breaks criteria is as follows:
  • Age: 5-19
  • Southwark resident
  • Child/young person has an EHCP (Educational Health and Care Plan)
  • Unable to access universal services due to level of need and/or require additional support to access

Higher needs placement (staff ratio of 1:1+) criteria is as follows:

In addition to the general criteria above:

  • Attends a special school (in or out of borough) and/ or open to All Age Disability Service in Southwark
  • Severe or complex learning disability, physical disability and/or health condition

Our vision is for people with learning disabilities to be visible, equal and established artists. We challenge the under-representation of people with learning disabilities practising as artists and designers through our integrated programme of art education, professional development and innovative public programming.

What we do

  • Trifle Design studio is the first multidisciplinary design studio in the UK whose work is created by designers with learning disabilities
  • Craft - Intoart leads in addressing under-representation of people with learning disabilities in the national craft sector.
  • Inclusive Art Foundation learning programme - We run an Inclusive Art Foundation learning programme, this alternative art school model is the only programme in the UK committed to art foundation education for young people with learning disabilities aged 18-25yrs.

Please visit the Intoart website for full details of programmes.

Location
Intoart, Studio 306, Peckham Levels, Peckham Town Centre Carpark, 95A Rye Lane, SE15 4S

Contact
Telephone:
0203 4094542
Email: info@intoart.org.uk

In-Deep is a registered charity that works with children and young people with SEND. We offer both face to face and online group music therapy sessions, as well as sessions in schools. We run free music therapy in age appropriate groups, every third Thursday of the month at Ashmole Primary School and every second Saturday of the month at Millbank Academy.

Locations:
Ashmole Primary School, Ashmole Street, London SW8 1NT

Millbank Academy, Erasmus Street, London SW1P 4HS

Dates
Every third Thursday of the month at Ashmole Primary School

Every second Saturday of the month at Millbank Academy

How to book
Email to book a place or for further information: emma.chapman@in-deep.org.uk
Sessions are free and there is no cost to the family.

Accessibility
In the sessions we use makaton to aid communication. There is disabled access. For further information please contact Emma Chapman.

Additional information
Sessions are run by qualified experienced music therapists. Sessions are open to families of all boroughs of South London. Parents are required to remain at the sessions.

Contact
Phone - 07761263105
Email: emma.chapman@in-deep.org.uk

Website

Drama sessions

Have you tried our FREE Drama sessions yet? We have been having a fantastic time exploring theatre with professional facilitators JP and Sam, who are excellent at gently encouraging young people to build their confidence through theatrical games. All activities are adapted to suit individual needs. 

Drama can support young people in expressing themselves, and developing essential social skills. If you know somebody who would benefit from our specially created sessions, send them our way! 

Our sessions at Francis Holland School for Girls (SW1W) run every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 5:30-6:30pm 

Age groups: 3-10yrs & 11-20yrs 

Visit the In-Deep website for further information

Online sessions

Music Therapy

If you can’t join us in person, we run our free music therapy sessions online! Join us via Zoom for our beneficial music therapy sessions for children and young people with SEND. We run these sessions every 4th Saturday of the month from 11:30am-1:00pm.

Sing and Sign

Join our senior Music Therapist Imogen once a month, every 4th Thursday of the month from 6:30 pm- 7:00 pm on zoom. Imogen will teach both parents and children how to sign a song. This will help aid children’s communication and will be a chance for parents and children alike to learn sign in a fun and engaging way.

Parent and Child Relaxation Session

Wind down with our relaxing online music sessions to help families connect and relax for the evening with our qualified music therapist. Sessions are run on Zoom so anyone can join us from 6.30pm-7.30pm every 3rd Thursday of the month.  

Further information about online sessions can be found here

Our Family SEND programme offers free, artist-led, creative workshops and resources to families with a child/children with complex needs. The workshops take place at Autograph's gallery in Hackney, London. 

We launched the programme in May 2019, with our first family workshop following a three-year partnership with Project Art Works on their EXPLORERS programme, which aimed to build capacity in visual arts venues and improve understanding of barriers to participation and attendance among disabled practitioners and audiences.

Our approach prioritises the social model of disability and aims to create an appropriate, safe environment which is welcoming and accepting of all ways of being, adapting the environment to lessen the potential for anything which might trigger anxiety or distress.

Find out more about the different elements of the programme below. Interested in attending with your family? Join our Family SEND mailing list to be among the first to find out about new workshops and activities.

Dates
Our family SEND workshops take place monthly. If you'd like to be among the first to know when future workshops are announced please click here to join our Family SEND mailing list.

Location:
Autograph, Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BA

Have any questions?
We're here to help, get in touch at livvy@autograph-abp.co.uk

Visit our website

Heart n Soul is a place for people with learning disabilities to access activities.

Do Your Own Thing is a safe, fun and friendly place with lots of cool activities to take part in. From Radio, Music, DJing, Videos, anything.

  • The 2nd Saturday of the month for 10 -16 year olds to find their groove.  
  • The last Saturday of the month is for all young people aged 10 - 25 to come together, be creative and share.

For further details:

Grooveschool is a not for profit organisation that run projects focussed towards nurturing young people's engagement, creativity and invention.

The main activity we provide is DJ and Music Technology workshops for all ages and abilities.

Our overall aim is to make accessible something that may be of interest from which enjoyment and creativity can flow. Working towards something tangible, that ensues enthusiasm, inspiration, inclusion, worth and purpose.

  • We believe in the capacity of every child to be creative and to grow through their involvement with music.
  • We aim to create the safe and inspiring space for children to explore, appreciate, play and make music.
  • We value all talents and children equally, without judging, grading or creating any pressure to compete or to perform.
    All of our practitioners are CRB checked professional artists. 
  • We provide classes for ages 8yrs and upwards and include SEN provision.

We're based in Streatham, South London and we also have facilities in Brixton.

For more information please visit the Grooveschool website

Bach to Baby is the critically acclaimed classical concert series for babies, toddlers and their carers.

Tots dance, roam about and revel in the wonder of live music, while you take a moment out of your busy day to hear top notch performances by outstanding musicians, with your young babes in tow. No concert is complete without feeding, crying and nappy changing!

How to book
Tickets: Adults £8 ~ £12, Children FREE

Concert Duration
About an hour. Please arrive 30 mins before start time shown.

More information
Please click here to see the schedule for venues and dates in South London

Southwark Music Service aims to enrich the lives of all Southwark children and young people by making the learning of music dynamic, energetic, varied and fun.

Find out about the Saturday Music Centre here and accessible, inclusive school programmes here.

Go Live Theatre Projects provides opportunities for young people with special needs to engage with theatre, both as an audience member and in the classroom.

We run a range of creative learning projects and theatre-going experiences which support, educate and empower young people with additional needs.  You can find further information here.

We employ outstanding and experienced workshop leaders work to get the best out of every student - often in profound and surprising ways.

See more on the Go Live Theatre Projects website.

The Unicorn Theatre hold a number of accessible performances throughout the year.

Accessible performances include:

• Relaxed performances
• Audio described and pre-show touch tours
• Deaf Friendly shows
• Live Captioning
• Integrated sign-language in performance

If you have any questions about your visit, please email us at access@unicorntheatre.com.

For more information or to see how to book a ticket please click visit the Unicorn Theatre website.

London Bubble run a number of participatory theatre groups in Rotherhithe open to ages from 6 upwards.

These weekly sessions give the opportunity for a wide range of people to make theatre together, assisted by experienced theatre practitioners and other specialists.

We run inclusive classes and our facilities are fully accessible.

Please contact us if you would like to talk about any specific access needs or additional support for your or your child. A parking space can be made available for anyone attending classes with access needs but we ask that you contact us about reserving a place in advance.

There is no audition process - we just need you to be enthusiastic and committed. GROUPS ARE OPEN TO ALL.

For more information, or to book a place for a class, please call Lucy on 020 7237 4434 or email lucy@londonbubble.org.uk.

See website for further details.

Theatre Peckham; a Learning Theatre, where inspirational artists meet inspirational young people.

Home to world class creative learning and performance, with and by young people from the diverse communities of South London.  Theatre Peckham aims to inspire young people from all its diverse local communities to engage with the performing arts as audiences, participants and artists. A local venue with a world view, Theatre Peckham is driven by the cultural diversity and the creative mix of Peckham and its young people.

We provide routes into the performing arts for disadvantaged young people and a safe space to explore, take risks and negotiate their way in a changing world.

We are a charity, providing a platform for vibrant young voices to be heard, grow in confidence and take a voyage of discovery, and proud to be part of South London in all its complexity and vibrancy.

To find out more please visit the Theatre Peckham website.

East Dulwich Picturehouse offers Autism friendly screenings throughout the year for only £3 (for non-members)

To find out more information about films being screened or how to book please contact East Dulwich Picturehouse and Café directly on 0871 902 5749 (calls cost 13p per minute plus your telephone company's access charge), alternatively you can visit their website: www.picturehouses.com

Early Birds enables families with children who have an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) to come along and enjoy the Museum free from the hustle and bustle of the general public.

Taking place on particular Saturdays across the year, we open the Museum early at 8.30am and some of our interactive galleries remain available exclusively to booked Early Birds guests until 11.15am. As well as exploring some of the galleries you can enjoy a selection of fun workshops and exciting demonstrations.

All of these events are completely free and suitable for families with children under the age of 14.

Places are limited so you do need to book. This can be done on 020 7942 4777.

To find out the forthcoming dates and more information, please see the Science Museum website.