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.
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.
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Barbican Box Music (Sep 17 – Mar 18)
Curated and designed by composer and musician Max Richter, this year’s Barbican Box Music will contain an array of inspiration for teachers to create new music with their secondary school students. Teachers will benefit from world class training days exploring new ways of composing in the class room. All participants will get to perform at the Barbican and will receive free tickets to a Barbican Contemporary Music Concert.
Barbican Box Theatre
Schools can take part in either Block 1 (September-March) or Block 2 (January-July).
Each year, Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning commission a world class Theatre Company to design and curate the Barbican Box, providing an artistic starting point from which teachers and students devise their own piece of theatre. In 2017/2018 the programme will be curated by leading UK Theatre Company Tamasha, taking inspiration from their unique investigative approach to theatre-making.
Barbican Box Visual Arts (Sep 17 – Mar 18)
2017-18’s Art Box will be a multi-arts project that draws inspiration from the cross-arts practice of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Students and teachers will 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. The box will be a tool for exploring Basquiat in the classroom, and will combine a mix of art forms including collage and zine making.
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.