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Give your students unforgettable learning experiences through world-class culture. Get them to engage with innovative arts and deepen their understanding of the creative industry

Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning and RSC Education Collaboration

Towards a Creative Curriculum

A conference for teachers and arts education professionals

Discover new ways to help young people develop creativity in a new conference exploring arts-based learning in the classroom. 

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Barbican Box

‘Invaluable in helping pupils to feel this performance venue is accesible to them both as future practitioners and audience members‘
Teacher, Barbican Box

To the Moon and Back

SEND School Performances

Artistic Director and founder of M-SET, Paula Manning invents delightful installations combining live music, drama, visual arts and design that stimulates the senses. We are pleased to present a limited number of performances of this special production, for SEND school groups. 
With a simple knock on a front door, your students will share a multi-sensory journey of discovery into interactive spaces of touch, colour, sound and special effects. You’ll encounter props and scenes that conjure the natural world, made of unusual and tactile materials, from feather rain to velvet stars. You’ll also be shown ideas on how everyday objects can be turned into tools for creativity and fun back in school, or at home. 

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Discover Barbican secondary schools

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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.

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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 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. 

Tuning into Change

Made up of over 100 young people from across the UK and including young people from the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, this young orchestra is part of a partnership between Barbican Guildhall and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) guided in their playing by world renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel.

Come and see them in action on Wednesday 20 November at 11am in our Concert Hall.

Tickets for school groups cost £5 plus booking fee, with 20% off final ticket price for groups of 10 or more. 

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Art and theatre

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Culture Mile School Visits Fund


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Watch: Architecture

Discover more about the history of our Grade II listed building plus debates and discussion about architecture – with slight favouritism towards Brutalism…

Join Young Barbican

Be there when it happens with discounted access to unmissable art and entertainment as well as events and creative opportunities for 14-25 year olds

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