Barbican Box Secondary

Barbican Box launched in 2011 as a theatre education programme for secondary schools and FE colleges in east London. Now in its 5th year, Barbican Box now works in music, theatre, and the visual arts across 40 secondary, SEN schools and FE colleges in east London.

Inspired by the Barbican’s world class arts programme, the Barbican Box is, literally, a portable box filled with the ingredients for making and creating original theatre, photography or music.

Created in collaboration with artists and associate companies such as Serious and Complicite and inspired by the Barbican autumn art exhibition, music and theatre programmes, the Boxes contain a range of stimuli designed to encourage an imaginative, adventurous approach to arts learning. They are accompanied by a bespoke package of learning resources for teachers and students in each art form.

Schools taking part in Barbican Box receive:

- The Box itself and an accompanying learning resource
- Teacher CPD training
- Tickets to either a theatre, music or visual arts event
- Mentoring and Workshops from professional artists
- The opportunity to showcase original work at the Barbican

Click to expand and see more information about each Box:

  • Barbican Box Music (Sep 16 – Mar 17)
  • Barbican Box Theatre
  • Barbican Box Visual Arts (Sep 16 – Mar 17)
  • Barbican Box: Basquiat (2017-2018)

  • How to take part

    Secondary schools and FE colleges in east London (see below for list of eligible boroughs) can apply to be part of Barbican Box.

    We are currently welcoming applications from secondary schools and FE and Sixth Form colleges for the upcoming academic year (16/17) for Barbican Box in Music, Theatre and Visual Art. Due to limited places, we are offering Barbican Box to schools in the following east London boroughs: Barking & Dagenham, City of London, Hackney, Islington, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

    Each school can apply to participate in every Box; we will be assessing applications based on need and ensuring equal access to opportunity across each borough wherever possible.


    Applications are now closed.

    If you have any questions about your application please contact creative.learning@barbican.org.uk or call 020 7382 2333