Barbican Box Secondary

Applications have now closed for Barbican Box Theatre and Barbican Box Visual Art.  

Applications are still open for Barbican Box Music below.

Barbican Box Music

The Barbican Box is a portable box filled with the ingredients for making and creating original theatre, visual art or music inspired by our world class arts programme.

Barbican Box launched in 2011 as a theatre education programme for secondary schools and FE colleges in east London. Now in its 6th year, Barbican Box works in music, theatre, and the visual arts across 40 secondary, SEN schools and FE colleges in east London with a national programme currently being piloted in Manchester

Created in collaboration with artists and associate companies such as Serious, Complicite and Toeneelgroep Amsterdam, the Boxes contain a range of stimuli designed to encourage an imaginative, adventurous approach to arts learning.

Programme structure

Barbican Box is a six month process and begins with CPD (continuing professional development) training for teachers, after which the Box is sent into schools for teachers to begin working with their students. Teachers are then matched up with an artist mentor, who delivers in-school workshops at the beginning, middle and end of the creation process. Students come to the Barbican to see a production, musical performance or exhibition and the project culminates with students returning to the Barbican to showcase their original work.

Click to expand and see more information about each Box:

  • Barbican Box Music (Sep 17 – Mar 18)
  • Barbican Box Theatre
  • Barbican Box Visual Arts (Sep 17 – Mar 18)



  • If you would like more information please contact creative.learning@barbican.org.uk or call 020 7382 2333