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)



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


    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.