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
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Barbican Box Music (Sep 16 – Mar 17)
The Barbican Box Music project will work again in partnership with our Associate Producer, Serious (www.serious.org.uk) using the centres ‘Film in Focus’ celebrations as our starting point.
The box itself will be designed by Tina Bicat and it will contain the inspiration and tools for teachers and their students to create their own songs that they will then perform in the Barbican Concert Hall.
Barbican Box Theatre
The artistic partner for this year’s Barbican Box Theatre is acclaimed Dutch theatre company Toneelgroep Amsterdam.
Using the Barbican’s yearlong focus on film as inspiration for the Box; director Ivo van Hove and designer Jan Versweyveld draw on their deep experience of engaging with film as an artform, through their technically stunning on-stage film making, and their theatrical reinterpretations of cinematic works. Students and teachers will experiment with the Box to create their own original theatre work inspired by film.
Schools can opt to take part in either Block 1 (Sep 16-Mar 17) or Block 2 (Jan-Jul 17).
Barbican Box Visual Arts (Sep 16 – Mar 17)
This year, the Barbican Box Visual Arts will find inspiration from the gallery exhibition The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined conceived by exhibition maker Judith Clark and psychoanalyst Adam Philips. Working with photographer Laura Braun and design studio abake, students and teachers will consider and explore the territory of taste through photography and the visual arts.
Barbican Box: Basquiat (2017-2018)
A Barbican Box that draws inspiration from the cross-arts arts practice of Jean-Michel Basquiat will launch in autumn 2017. Students and teachers will have the opportunity to visit the exhibition Basquiat: Boom for Real! and explore the artist’s life and work through a series of artist-led workshops and activities. The box will fuse visual arts and performance, enabling participants to explore cross-arts practice and create contemporary responses to Basquiat’s work.
Barbican Box Music and Theatre is supported by:
City Bridge Trust,
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands,
The Government of Flanders,
J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust,
Linklaters LLP, and
Tower Hill Trust.