About Barbican Box at HOME
Coney are interactive theatre-makers.
They create games, adventures and play where people can choose to take a meaningful part. Coney's work takes place anywhere that people gather: in theatres, schools, museums, on the streets and online, and always follows the principles of adventure, curiosity and loveliness.
The experience starts when you first hear about it, and only ends when you stop thinking and talking about it.
Coney make play with ideas that resonate in the world: from the everyday to the extraordinary. Their work is inspired by the belief that the world can be a magical place where ordinary people can do extraordinary things. Collaboration and dialogue are at the heart of how Coney make work: with audiences, peers, partners, and a network of makers.
Barbican Box schools will become part of Coney’s Undercover Caretaker Agency: an introduction to playful activism in schools built on three principles of play: adventure, curiosity and loveliness. It aims to prompt creative responses to the passion and challenges young people are experiencing – emotional health, resilience, transitioning - empowering them as agents to have an amplified voice and bring about change that will affect them and their peers.
Coney’s practice incorporates digital, interactive, innovative and adventurous approaches, and teachers and students will be invited to explore these elements within their own work through the Box process.
Barbican Box at HOME offers Barbican Box to secondary schools and colleges across Greater Manchester.
From gallery to screen to stage, via café bar and bookshop, HOME redefines the idea of an ‘arts centre.’ It’s a shared space and a creative space, where what’s new is what matters and what matters is that you’re always made to think, to question and to feel... at home. Whether you want to see work that challenges and astounds, or get closer to directors, writers, filmmakers and artists, or just drink the best coffee in town, we hope you love HOME.
Before applying please ensure that you are aware of the commitment needed from you, your school and your students and ensure that your Senior Management Team is aware of your application. Please be aware of the following participation requirements:
- At least one teacher from each participating school must commit to attending both CPD days at the start of the project.
- Barbican Box is designed to be experienced by one class of students.
- Teachers will be required to take a lead on activity with the young people throughout the Spring and Summer term.
- During the Box project, classes will require access to the internet, ideally on a shared computer.
- Please note that due to funding commitments, we are unable to consider applications from non-state schools.
- If the programme is oversubscribed, schools with higher levels of Free School Meals eligibility, and/or cohorts who experience challenges to accessing cultural provision, will be prioritised. We will also take into account areas in which the project is likely to have the most impact.
If you are shortlisted at the application stage we will get in contact in November 2020 to discuss your application and any questions you might have, before confirming if you have been successful.
If you have any questions about the programme, bursary or application process, please contact Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning via [email protected]
We will be holding a Q&A for teachers ahead of the application deadline to help support with questions about this year’s Barbican Box project. This will take place on Wednesday 14 October 4.30 - 5.30pm. We encourage all teachers who are interested in applying to attend. Please contact [email protected] to confirm attendance.