Arts Workshops

Our 2012 series of free arts workshops has now finished. Many thanks to the 33 participants, the workshop leaders, venues and funders for making it such a success. By popular demand, we will be back next year!

Participants at the photography workshop led by Ian Farrant (wheelchair user, centre) on 22 November 2012 at Durning Hall.

22 November 2012. Photography with Ian Farrant. Durning Hall, Forest Gate. 11am-4pm. Due to demand, we will be setting up a disabled photographers’ and filmmakers’ group in 2013. See Resources for more details.

27 November 2012. Wheelchair folk dance with Ju Gosling and Folk in Motion. Balaam Leisure Centre, Plaistow. 11.30am-4pm. This is a ‘taster session’ for a new wheelchair dance club starting in 2013 and is suitable for power and manual wheelchair users – people who need to be pushed are also welcome. The project has been awarded the London 2012 Inspire mark.

28 November 2012. Story telling with Liz Porter. Durning Hall, Forest Gate. 11am-4pm. Explore how disabled characters have been represented in traditional story telling, and develop confidence in telling stories about your own life.

Colour photograph of the Winter Crafts workshop at the Hub

The Winter Crafts workshop at the Hub on 30 November 2012.

30 November 2012. Winter crafts with the Hub Crafters Group. The Hub. 11.30am-3.30pm. Learn how to make seasonal cards and decorations for winter celebrations.

1 December 2012. Poetry with Cooltan ArtsGarden Café. 2-5pm. Develop and practice your poetic skills, then join us for a free meal and stay on to perform in the Pop-Up Poetry Café later.

5 & 6 December 2012. Low budget film-making with Gary Thomas, with guest speaker Kevin Dolan, Talent Development Manager, Film London speaking from 3-4pm on 6th. Durning Hall, Forest Gate. 11am-4pm. Participants will be given the opportunity to film events for the rest of the festival. Due to demand, we will be setting up a disabled photographers’ and filmmakers’ group in 2013. See Resources for more details.

All workshops are free and are open to disabled people, their carers, support workers and companions. No previous experience is necessary, but pre-booking is essential. For further information and to book, email us at or text or phone 07973 252751. Click here for more information about the workshop venues.

ACCESS: We welcome all disabled people, including people with learning difficulties or long-term health conditions and users/survivors of the mental health system. We aim to make our workshops accessible to everyone, whether or not you have previous arts experience. Contact us if you have any questions, and we will do our best to answer these for you. We have access to volunteer SLIs for BSL users, so let us know if you require interpretation and we will do our best to arrange this for you. NB: All of our venues are wheelchair accessible, but some are situated in older buildings.

TIMES: We appreciate that some disabled people are dependent on care arrangements, or have limited energy, that makes it impossible for them to attend the whole workshop. If you let us know, we will try to structure the day so that the parts you can attend are worthwhile.