All about The Gate: where you can be YOU

Come and visit us and see what The Gate is all about!

The Gate is Yarrow’s creative arts studio for people with learning disabilities. It is just off Richford Street, a five-minute walk from Goldhawk Road tube station.
We run creative workshops here so that people with learning disabilities can explore new ideas and discover their own unique voices.


Six photos of people having fun drawing, painting, performing and designing at The Gate
Having fun at The Gate!

Our weekly programme has lots of activities from painting to fashion design to song-writing and performance. There is something for everyone and it’s great fun! We welcome members of all abilities. We focus on what a person can do rather than what they can’t: we work with members to make sure that everyone can take part in the sessions that interest them.

Here’s how a typical week at The Gate looks:

Morning: Painting – Creating art with paints. We also exhibit the work for others to see
Afternoon: Sound design – Making sounds together using ways to make sure everyone can get involved

Morning: Sculpture – Creating artworks and discovering lots of famous sculptors to inspire even more ideas
Afternoon: Radio and multimedia – Join in on our weekly radio show and learn how to use and enjoy computers and technology

Morning: Film studies – learning all about film making and making your own film
Afternoon: Performance and screen-writing – learning to develop ideas for short films and sketches and sharing them on YouTube

Morning: Fashion – learning how to make clothes. We’ll also use these in our fashion shows
Afternoon: Song writing and performance – creating songs with a wide range of musical instruments and performing them too!

Morning: Drawing – expression through drawing. Learning how to draw the things all around you
Afternoon: Musical history – learning the history of music around the world and trying out different styles like African drumming

There are lots of other ways to get involved too, including:

SOUND OFF! Our fortnightly self-advocacy and campaigning group which all members are welcome to join.

Police training: Some of our members also help to provide user-lead learning disability awareness training for detectives in the Metropolitan Police.

Gate CUSTARD: our yearly musical showcase where our musicians perform their latest compositions on stage. You can see one of our shows in this video:

We also perform in other concerts and exhibit in art shows. We like to show everyone the amazing work that our members are producing here!

Hear what our members have to say in their own words:

“I like coming to the Gate to see my friends. I’ve written a song about Blackpool that I played onstage and learnt to play trombone.” – Jason.

“I’ve been able to do things with the Gate I only dreamed of doing before. I’ve performed my songs at music venues and learnt to do loads of cool stuff” – Darren.

“It’s good, people come here all the time. I like art, music, drama and making cups of tea.” – Mary

“The Gate has helped me be more independent, they helped me to write my own songs and meet new people and share my skills” – Labake.

How to join in: 

If you’d like to find out more and come to see us in action, we offer two taster sessions per person so please get in touch and we can arrange a good time for you to visit. You can call us on 020 8749 6391 or email us at

If you decide to join us the membership fee is £25 per quarter, or £90 a year if paid in full in advance, then £35 per whole morning or afternoon session.

2018 Highlights:

John holding his book of food photography at the ICA in London
John at the ICA with his book of food photography

A few of our highlights from 2018 include:

  • John publishing his own book of food photography and launching it at The ICA in London
  • A T-shirt made in one of our workshops appearing in style magazine Dazed and Confused
  • Securing funding from the Co-op Community Fund to record and master our own professional CD
  • Marsha De Cordova, MP for Battersea and the Shadow Minister for Disabled people, coming in to talk with our self-advocacy and speaking up group SOUND OFF!
  • Our weekly radio show, Gate Kicks, getting recommended in The Big Issue. You can listen to all the Gate Kicks shows on demand here:

Come and see us!

We’d love to meet you, so if you’re interested in finding out more and coming along for a visit, please get in touch with us on 020 8749 6391 or email us at
You can also visit our own blog page here to see all our latest videos and hear our latest songs:

The Gate, 54 Richford Gate, London, W6 7HZ

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