Open Lab

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

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

Alongside the Labs, we also invite artists to a range of activity including
CPD training weekends, cross arts residencies and masterclasses, Connecting Conversations-themed dinners and discussion events, as well as seminars and networking evenings. If you'd like more information contact openlab@barbican.org.uk

'The Open Lab has been fundamental in our development as a company.  We were able to work on new ideas for our new show Scary Shit and there was no pressure to rush the work for a sharing, this gave us the openness and time to really experiment with our performance processes. It was such a brilliant experience and a wonderful place to have a creative residency. Our work has since been booked at a number of venues and opened up really important opportunities.'
Rhiannon Faith – Open Lab artist


How to apply

Open Lab in collaboration with A Nation’s Theatre

We are working with A Nation’s Theatre to offer two companies based outside of London, the opportunity to a space to experiment and take risks without the expectation of a final product.

If you'd like to apply, please read the application information found in the file below and answer the questions provided in the 'Open Lab Application - A Nation's Theatre' to form your proposal.

Send your proposals to openlab@barbican.org.uk, titling your email with your company/artist name and ‘A Nation’s Theatre Open Lab application’.

The deadline for applications is 10am on Friday 5 February 2016.

Photograph of Brave New Worlds taking part in an Open Lab. Credit: Camilla Greenwell