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Family Workshops for Children with SEND @ Autograph Gallery, London

April 9, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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. Would you like to know when future workshops are announced? Click here to join our Family SEND mailing list.

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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. Please only book on to one of the two hour sessions to give other families the chance to attend. 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, it has full information about Covid-19 safety and accessibility at Autograph.

Accessible venue: Autograph is a step free venue that welcomes people with all types of disabilities. Visit our website to download our Accessibility Guide and visual story ahead of your visit.

Disabled parking bays: We have two disabled parking bays on-site, directly next to Autograph’s building. If you/your family need to use a parking bay, please make sure you state this in the relevant section of our Google registration form, which will be sent to you after booking a ticket.

Face coverings: Help us keep everyone safe. If you are able to, please wear a face covering during your visit. Staff will wear visors.

Social distancing: We will have slightly reduced numbers of families in the workshops to allow for additional space and to maintain distancing.

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

Cleaning: Staff will clean surfaces at the beginning and end of workshops. Anything mouthed by a child will be cleaned or thrown away.

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

Refreshments: We will have refreshments including tea and juice available.

Covid testing: Staff will do Lateral Flow Tests 24 hours before the start of a workshop.


Hello, I’m Katriona Beales!

“Since I received workshop leader training with Creative Partnerships in 2006 I have worked extensively as an artist educator and workshop leader.

I have a wealth of experience, particularly in working with SEND, KS4 and 5 students and excluded young people from pupil referral units. I was one of the Tate’s Artist Workshop Leaders (2013-14), leading SEND workshops as well as primary and secondary school workshops in response to the collections at Tate Britain and Tate Modern. I can’t wait to welcome you at the workshop”

Supported by City Bridge Trust, the funding arm of The City of London Corporation’s charity, Bridge House Estates (1035628) Also supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Banner image: Autograph SEND workshop


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