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.


We warmly invite families with a child/children with disabilities + their siblings to join us for a free art workshop at Autograph's gallery.


About this event

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. These inclusive events 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 session of art-making and experimentation.


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.



Click here to register on Eventbrite.  Tickets to this event are free, however must be booked in advance as our Family SEND Workshops are extremely popular. Please book 1 ticket per family. We run two separate workshops over the course of the day, one from 10am-12pm and the other from 2-4pm; your ticket is only valid for the specific time slot that you book on to. 



Autograph, Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BA


Have any questions?

We're here to help, get in touch at

Squidz Club is back, and this time it’s in person! Dance to club bangers, create colourful artwork, go live on the radio plus see some special live music performances. This is a club for everyone to have fun and a good time!


Who is it for?

Squidz Club is for young people with learning disabilities and young autistic people aged 10-25, their friends and families.



The Albany, Douglas Way, London, SE8 4AG

The club will also be livestreamed online if you can’t make it to the Albany.



Friday 15 July, 7pm - 11pm





Phone:  0208 694 1632


Are you between the age of 16 - 25?

Would you like to meet new friends, get creative and have fun?

Come along to Hangout Hub, a new FREE online club  for people with learning disabilities to meet and explore artistic and creative activities together, run by Cambridge House.

 Everyone is welcome!

  • Parents / carers can join us!


  • FREE art materials provided in advance (you can also use your own!)



Thursdays 4 - 6pm 



Online video platform ZOOM so you can join us from the comfort of your own home!  Click here to sign up.

Full technical support with ZOOM provided.







Tel: 07399 867 605

Download flyer (pdf, 3.7mb)

Heart n Soul is a place for people with learning disabilities to do 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're based in Streatham, South London and we also have facilities in Brixton.

For more information please visit the Grooveschool website

We offer a range of dance classes in 3 locations within the Southwark borough.

Our classes all take place after school (with the exception of out twinkly toes class that is mid-afternoon), so it’s a great option for an extra curricula activity.

We offer dance classes to children to help encourage confidence fitness and social skills.  Dance is a great way for young people as young as 2, to understand their bodies through movement and use of sound and rhythm to do so.

For more information:

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!

Tickets: Adults £8 ~ £12, Children FREE

Monmouth Coffee Mingle: 30 mins before start time shown

Concert Duration: about an hour

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. We are are proud to be working with our partners in the Southwark Music Hub to maximise the many diverse musical opportunities for those living and learning in Southwark.

We find the Southwark Youth Orchestra, a community orchestra open to young people either going to school or living in the Borough of Southwark.

Our vibrant Saturday Music Centre at Walworth Academy now incorporates the Saturday Morning Centre and the Southwark Creative Orchestra.

In partnership with the David Idowu Foundation, we fund the David Idowu Choir, open to young singers throughout Southwark.

We offer lessons and musical activities using a wide range of instruments and a variety of musical styles. Everything we do is of the highest quality.

Whether you’re a parent, teacher or a young person who wants to learn, we look forward to welcoming you to our award-winning service - Denise Barber, Head of Southwark Music Service.

For more information, please visit the Southwark Music Service website 

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

Theatre Journeys for Special Schools gives special school pupils access to the best of London's theatre for just £8 a ticket, with in-school workshops that enrich the experience.

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 Mousetrap 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

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.

For more information, or to book a place for a class, please call Lucy on 020 7237 4434 or email

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.

Inclusive Dance is a contemporary dance and drama programme for young people with learning disabilities, aged between 16 and 25.


Participants learn movement and social skills that can be transferable to the world of work. They also develop arts-related technical skills, such as performing and improvisation that can be used in future performing arts-related employment.


We try new things every week, from making up dances together to having fun practising our singing! You don’t need to have too much room to move – enough space to reach your arms out to the side is enough!


When: Thursdays  4:30pm-5:45pm


Where:  Pembroke House, 80 Tatum Street, SE17 1QR




Cost: FREE


Sign up here

East Duwich 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:

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 go to

The Service

Speech Bubbles is a creative intervention for Key Stage 1 students. Weekly, small-group drama sessions in primary schools help children to develop their confidence and communication skills.

Who is the service for?

Speech Bubbles currently runs in 42 primary schools, special schools and PRUs across London and Greater Manchester. It is suitable for 5-7 year olds with speech, language and communication needs.

Criteria for access to service

Schools pay an annual fee which helps to cover the cost of a Drama Facilitator, CPD certified training for school staff, resources and evaluation reports.

Accessibility of this service

Speech Bubbles is adaptable to a variety of school settings and access needs. Please contact us to discuss your specific access needs.

How this is provided:

Speech Bubbles is delivered in partnership with schools. Schools should contact London Bubble with expressions of interest.

How can I access this service?

Please contact Adam Annand to discuss bringing Speech Bubbles to your school.

How is this service funded?

Speech Bubbles currently receives funding from the Shine Trust. Schools pay a contribution towards delivery costs.

Do you need to pay for this service?

The service is free to pupils.

Useful to know

More information and a short video about Speech Bubbles is available on

Training provided

The Speech Bubbles offer includes CPD certified training for school staff in working with children with, speech, language and communication needs. We also offer whole school INSET training. Please contact us for details.



Telephone: 020 7237 4434

Website: Speech Bubbles

We run a number of educational arts-based projects for children, young people and adults with disabilities and special educational needs.

Our creative educational activities enable our learners to develop their skills and knowledge in an enjoyable way. We also provide our learners with invaluable opportunities for socialising; for many of our students, the club is the main place they can enjoy friendship and community.

Activities are diverse, from painting, poetry and drama to cooking and games. By supporting learners to develop their independent living skills, we enable them to live their lives to the full.


We provide weekly opportunities for young people with learning and/or physical disabilities aged 14-25 within Southwark to participate in two sports; trampolining (rebound therapy) and swimming (hydrotherapy).

These sports enable individuals with more profound and multiple learning and/or physical disabilities to experience weightlessness and improve muscle tone by practicing rhythmic, three-dimensional movements. Our long term aim is improve the psychological health and emotional well-being of our young people.

Who is the service for?

Adults and Young People with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities.

Criteria for access to service

This is a universal service there are no criteria. We provide for all areas of need and levels of need.

Accessibility of this service

Services are accessible to all levels of need. Building is fully accessible.

How can I access this service?

Parents and young people can self-refer to services. We also accept referrals from professionals.

See website.

Please e-mail Rachel Zipfel  

Telephone: 0207 358 7716

Do you need to pay for this service?

These services are funded by a combination of Southwark Council and Personal Budgets. Sensational Sports is funded by Sports England. Service charges vary depending on service and level of need.

Please contact Rachel for more information. 

Confidentiality and Impartiality

The service is confidential and you will be asked for permission for us to speak with professionals on your behalf. We have a professional duty to report any safeguarding concerns, but where possible we will consult you first before making any referrals.



Phone: 0207 358 7716

Central School of Ballet have recently moved to brand new premises in Southwark.  

The Service

Children and Young people: Central runs a regular programme of dance courses after school and in the school holidays for children and teenagers of different abilities, skills, and interest. From one day courses for fun and musicality for the younger age groups to courses for ambitious young dancers for a taste of life in full-time vocational dance training. 

Who is the service for?

Children and young people aged 3-18 years with classes for different ages, experience, and abilities.

Criteria for access to service

Some courses have no entry criteria whilst others like the Associate Programe is entry by audition only.

How can I access this service?

Do you need to pay for this service?

Yes - see website for details

A limited number of means tested bursaries are available for all programmes at Central.


Countess of Wessex Studios, 21-22 Hatfields, SE1 8DJ.  


Telephone: 020 7837 6332

The Young Vic Theatre's Taking Part Team are creating cultural opportunities with and for young people across Southwark. They have a limited number of free theatre tickets to offer young people to captioned, audio described and socially distanced performances of upcoming shows.

There are also a number of  relaxed Performances for people with learning disabilities and/or additional sensory and communication needs.  Please visit the Access for All page for further information.

Details of upcoming performances can be found in our What's on section.  

If you would like to access tickets please contact the Participation Producer at the Young Vic:

Sunday Spot are free workshops that take place on the last Sunday of the month. Sessions are self-directed and designed for families with children aged 5-12 years old. The space is supported by the SLG’s Art and Play team. 

How is the service provided?

Sunday Spot is a drop-in artist led workshop at the South London Gallery's Clore Studio.

Who is the service for?

Children and parents/carers

How can I access the service?

Please visit the South London Gallery website for upcoming dates 



How is the service funded?

Charity funded

Contact details

Address: 65–67 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UH

Telephone:  07737080060