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. The next call for applications is now open and will close on 26th January 2015 at 10:00am. Any applications received after this deadline will not be considered. This round of applications will be for Open LAB opportunities from May 2015 to November 2015. If you have any questions pertaining to the application then please email


Connecting Conversations
in autumn 2014: Dinner and discussion hosted by Michael “Mikey J” Asante from Boy Blue Entertainment dates tbc – please register your interest by emailing

Barbican/Guildhall Creative Learning invites artists to respond to an artistic brief relating to the Barbican programme or relevant areas of research

Photograph of Brave New Worlds taking part in an Open Lab in the Pit Theatre taken by Camilla Greenwell

Photograph of Brave New Worlds taking part in an Open Lab in the Pit Theatre taken by Camilla Greenwell