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We turn world-class arts into unforgettable learning experiences, helping to embed arts and creativity across the national curriculum

Big Barbican Workshop

‘Big Barbican Workshop was brilliant. All the students came out buzzing at the end of the day. Many have said that they thought it was the best trip they've ever been on‘
Julie Chappell, Lead Practitioner, Performing Arts, Hassenbrook School

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Discover Barbican Primary Schools

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Watch: Big Barbican Workshop

We go behind the scenes of this year's Big Barbican Workshop as students explore all the art forms that the Barbican has to offer, from art, drama, movement, music to spoken word.

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Watch: Barbican Box Showcase

A creative education programme designed for secondary schools and FE colleges, Barbican Box aims to ignite, support and facilitate music, theatre and visual art making in schools through a process of devising and creating work from scratch.
 

students at a workshop at the barbican centre

Watch: Barbican Box Theatre - Toneelgroep Amsterdam

We speak to Toneelgroep Amsterdam's Artistic Director, Ivo van Hove and the Barbican Box producers along with some of the participating teachers and students, to learn more about the impact of this year's project. 
 

children at a workshop at the barbican centre

Watch: Meet the Barbican Junior Poets

We pay a visit to our Barbican Junior Poets, a group of 11-14 year olds with a talent for words in our new programme with Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 
 

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Barbican Box

The Primary Schools Barbican Box is a cross-arts box.This year’s Box will be curated by mathematician  Marcus du Sautoy and will be a stimulus to creative arts work.  Recent Boxes have been curated by former Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen’s poems and life and also his family’s and stories,  migration, identity, language and family  and taken inspiration from the story of the Great Fire of London.  Teachers and pupils have collaborated with artists to create a range of outcomes including  poetry, artwork, animation and performances.

Barbican Box ignites and supports creative arts practice in through a guided process of making new work. The programme introduces young people to imaginative and adventurous approaches to the arts, writing and mathematics and enriches the school curriculum by connecting schools to the Barbican’s world class arts programme. As well as providing ongoing training and development for teachers, the programme encourages and nurtures a lifelong relationship with the arts.

We recommend this project for students years 3–6.

Applications for Barbican Box are now open - apply here
Deadline: 30 October 2019

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Discover Barbican Box

students learning and playing at the barbican centre

Watch: Barbican Box Showcase

A creative education programme designed for secondary schools and FE colleges, Barbican Box aims to ignite, support and facilitate music, theatre and visual art making in schools through a process of devising and creating work from scratch.
 

students at a workshop at the barbican centre

Watch: Barbican Box Theatre - Toneelgroep Amsterdam

We speak to Toneelgroep Amsterdam's Artistic Director, Ivo van Hove and the Barbican Box producers along with some of the participating teachers and students, to learn more about the impact of this year's project.