OPEN LAB in the Pit
'The fact that we can come here as a hub of creativity is priceless. […] This is the first time we have genuinely been able to play and experiment, knowing that this is seed planting for a larger piece we want to develop.'
The Lotos Collective – LAB participant

OPEN LAB gives artists the space to experiment in a working theatrical space without the expectation of a final product. We programme 15 LAB weeks over the year in the Pit.

We focus on artists collaborating across, and often beyond, art forms.

We accept proposals from artists from all disciplines who:
  • Are at the beginning of a cross arts and/or participatory idea or question
  • Want to try something that scares them
  • Are curious and brave who want to explore process with new collaborators

    It’s not a place to rehearse it’s a laboratory to experiment in.

    Alongside the LABs, we also invite artists to a range of activity including CPD training weekends, cross arts residencies and masterclasses, Connecting Conversation-themed dinners and discussion events, as well as seminars and networking evenings. To sign up for more information please, email


    Please download the document below for details of how to apply and more information. Please note the next available LABs are Nov 14-Jan 15. The deadline for applications has been extended till 10:00 on Monday 28th April 2014. All applications are read. Proposals will be shortlisted and applicants will be invited for an informal interview before final selection.


    Connecting Conversations
    in spring 2014: Dinner and discussion: Art and the Environment hosted by Fanshen Theatre and Art and Mental Health hosted by Bobby Baker dates tbc – please register your interest by emailing

    Music & Dance CPD: Early Years & Primary Education weekend 25-26 January 2014
    The weekend will focus on approaches to creative music making with children of pre-school and primary school age, how best to engage young children in the arts, examples of practical processes, discussions on how to adapt to varying ability levels and appropriate level of difficulty for such a young age. Please visit the Guildhall School website for more details, or to book tickets.
  • Barbican/Guildhall Creative Learning invites artists to respond to an artistic brief relating to the Barbican programme or relevant areas of research