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Our programme

Creative Learning

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Providing access to the best arts events, platforms for creativity, opportunities to gain skills, jobs, and working together to help young people find their creative voice

Our Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning programme supports people of all ages and backgrounds to discover their creative voice and access world-class arts for free.

Ranging from workshops, events and talent development programmes that give people their first taste of the arts, to those that enable existing artists to push the boundaries of their practice, all Creative Learning projects are designed to bring people together and equip them with new skills and confidence.

Every year, thousands of people including children, young people, families, teachers and artists access our cutting edge Creative Learning programme at the Barbican, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama or out in the community. 

10 Years of Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning

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Watch: Celebrating 10 Years of Creative Learning

When we create, we add something new that didn't exist in the world before that moment. 

Learn more about the work and impact of Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning as we celebrate our 10 year anniversary in 2019. 

‘Before Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning, I didn’t feel like the arts world was for me but now I know it’s where I’m supposed to be.‘
Kareem Parkins-Brown, London

Our partners

Drum Works

Artistic Associate

Drum Works uses drumming to inspire people creatively, give them confidence in their ideas and empower them to direct their own futures. Around 450 people take part every week through partner secondary schools, two senior ensembles and an adult group. All musical material is written collectively by participants, and has a fresh, original sound distinctive to the local east London community. Initially a Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning project, Drum Works launched as an independent organisation and Barbican Artistic Associate in 2016.


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Creative Schools

Creative Schools is a strategic planning and delivery model that aims to create a step change in how children, young people and schools access east London’s incredible arts and cultural opportunities. By bringing partners together from across the Culture and Education sectors in the East London Cultural Education Alliance (ELCEA), we are joining up experience, knowledge and expertise and exploring shared approaches to brokering, developing and delivering creative learning opportunities in schools.

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With thanks

The Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning programme is made possible through our generous supporters, who include The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust, Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust, John S Cohen Foundation, SHM Foundation, UBS, Barbican Patrons and donors to the Barbican Fund.

Arts Council England

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