Open Lab

Applications are now open for Open Lab 2017

Fill out an application form by 10am, 23 Jan 2017 to take advantage of this unique opportunity to develop your work.

There will be a drop in application open day on Mon 21 Nov, 5pm—9pm in the Pit foyer. You will be able to find out more about this opportunity, discuss your application before you apply and take a look at the Pit Theatre. 
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
- Want to try something that scares them
- 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

Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning welcomes applications from a range of diverse backgrounds and from disabled and non-disabled people. We invite and encourage individuals to get in touch if they have specific access requirements.

'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 

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