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 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.

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

0203 4094542

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 are running free music therapy in age appropriate groups, every third Thursday of the month at Ashmole Primary School.

Ashmole Primary School, Ashmole Street, London SW8

Every third Thursday of the month

6.30pm - 7.30pm, for 3 - 18 year olds.

How to book
Email to book a place or for further information:
Sessions are free and there is no cost to the family.

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.

In-Deep Website 

Phone - 07761263105

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.

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.

Autograph, Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BA

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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. 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 

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

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

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 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 practising 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