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National Development Programme

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Our National Development Programme (NDP) tests and develops collaborative working models in our partnership regions

Our programme consists of three learning partnerships with HOME in Manchester, Harlow Playhouse in Essex and PEACH West Norfolk LCEP via Creative Arts East.

Working with our partners, as well as local artists, teachers and Arts Council Bridge Organisations, the focus of the programme is on supporting local culture through training, mentoring and development. This is done via joint delivery of the Barbican Box programme for schools, as well as region-specific projects co-developed with our partners.

Through these partnerships, we hope to strengthen our role as a cultural education provider within the national arts and learning sector, learning from regional partners on how to improve our own work while supporting local venues and infrastructures to deliver a sustainable cultural education offer in their local areas.

This programme is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Barbican Box

Barbican Box

Barbican Box is a six-month process where teachers are matched up with an artist mentor who delivers in-school workshops at the beginning, middle and end of the creative process. 

We deliver the box across London, Manchester, Harlow and West Norfolk. In addition to mentor visits, students and teachers visit a professional performance or exhibition and the project culminates with them showcasing their original work.  

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This programme is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

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