Art Workshops at the V&A Museum for Children with Special Needs

ArtSocial is happy to provide funding for the V&A’s multi-sensory and interactive sessions for children with special educational needs and disability

The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance, housing over 2.3 million objects and spanning over 5,000 years of human creativity.

The V&A holds many of the UK's national collections and some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance.

It is important to make their national collections available and accessible to all through varied and specialist programmes tailored to meet the needs of different audiences.

In 2017/18 ArtSocial Foundation funds an innovative programme for SEND students enabling up to 100 children with special educational needs and disabilities to access the V&A’s outstanding collection in a session tailored to their needs.

“They were learning [for the] first time in [a] museum, in front of real objects”Teacher

Multi-sensory and interactive, the sessions for students with SEND are based around some of the most popular objects in the collections and encourage exploration through hands-on tactile objects and activities. Facilitated by an artist educator with specialist SEND training, the sessions also incorporate hands-on making linked directly to the object they have explored.

“Thank you so much. We so enjoy your workshops. Made the children's day in hospital much better!” Teacher

The sessions enable students to access and learn about the wonders of Chinese Dragon Robes, Japanese Armour, 18th Century Fashion, Medieval Tapestries, Islamic Tiles and Tipu Sultan’s automatic Tiger.

“Just being in the V&A was new and surprising for the class”Teacher