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Emerging & practising artists

Three performers onstage during Open Lab showcase 2016

We support the creative and professional development of artists through a range of pathways within the Barbican and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award

Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award

The purpose of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award is to help the development of emerging practitioners engaged in bold, challenging and innovative performance and to encourage the new generation of creative artists.

The Award is for a company or individual to create a show either for the Barbican's studio theatre, or a site-responsive show to take place in east London or the City.

How to apply

Weekend Labs

Weekend Labs

Weekend Labs are an opportunity for practical exploration and discovery, inspired by the Barbican's international theatre and dance programme. The ticket includes both the workshop and a performance.

Upcoming Labs

Open Lab

Open Lab

Barbican Open Labs give artists the chance to experiment across the artforms with the expectation of delivering a final product. Barbican Open Lab accepts proposals from artists who are at the beginning of a cross arts or participatory idea or question, want to try something that scares them or explore the creative process with new collaborators. 


Theatre Open Labs

At the Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Guildhall School Short Courses

We also offer a range of other courses covering Jazz, music theory, drama and much more.

For more information on Creative Music Training and other Summer Schools please click the button below to see the complete programme.

Guildhall School's Website