Be an Art Maker

Our Art Makers range in age from 17 to 80 years, with a wide range of disabilities and additional support needs. We can create a personal programme of creative workshops and training tailored to your needs.

On this page you can find out about our different workshops for people with disabilities, how much they cost and how to contact us for more information.

Art Maker sticking on layers of newspaper to create a paper mache bowl with the support of workshop leader at our arts & crafts centre

Discover your talents

There are a diverse range of different workshops to choose from at the Centre, from jewellery and printed textiles to fitness and horticulture. We will support you to discover your talents, put them into practice and realise your full potential.

Art Makers not only have access to the varied workshop experiences and training facilities available every weekday, but you can also attend evening events and weekend social activities. Over 170 Art Makers access the Centre each week so there’s a whole group of potential friends to meet.

A lot of my friends are here at the Centre. It's sociable and fun. I enjoy being creative."

Vicky, Art Maker

Explore our creative and employability workshops for people with disabilities

Art Maker holds up a ceramic crocodile made in our pottery workshop for people with disabilities


Explore your creative talents using different colours, textures and materials to make unique artwork. Our creative workshops include art studio, card making, jewellery, paper, pottery and textiles.

Multisensory and Wellbeing

Develop relaxation techniques and learn about healthy living. Our Multisensory and Wellbeing workshops include cook it, fitness, sensory arts and treatment & wellbeing.

Art Maker sanding down a birdbox in our woodwork workshop

Training and Skills

Develop new skills to improve your confidence and help you to volunteer or find a job. Our training and skills workshops include cafe, horticulture & garden scuplture, I.T., online shop and woodwork.

Drama workshop leader in a drama session at henshaws arts and crafts centre

Performing Arts

Gain confidence and make friends in our performing arts workshops which include drama, film & media, and music.

For easier reading, you can choose a full-screen option on the bottom right of the window or you can also download it using the link below.

Download our Be an Art Maker information leaflet


Our workshops are charged at either a half day or a day rate.

Half day: One workshop session from 9am – 12pm costs £21.50

Full day: One or two workshop sessions from 9am – 4pm costs £43.00

Breaktimes are at 10.30am and 2.30pm and lunchtime is between 12pm and 1pm. You can choose to buy a delicious meal from our cafe for £3.50 per day or you are welcome to bring your own lunch.

View our weekly workshop timetable for 2019



If you have any questions about funding to attend the Arts & Crafts Centre, please contact our friendly team on 01423 541888 who will be happy to chat through your options. Or you can fill out our online enquiry form.

Would you like to know more? Please download our step by step guide to becoming an Art Maker.

Step by step guide



Rufus Beckett

Senior Workshop Leader

Centre manager Maria Dawbarn in front of a colourful graffiti artwork

Maria Dawbarn

Centre Manager

Darrell Broadbent

Senior Workshop Leader

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