A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including art, drama, movement, music, animation and spoken word. With unforgettable learning experiences for schools and colleges, the Barbican helps to embed arts and creativity across the national curriculum, with primary, secondary, SEN, and further education schools and colleges.
The Barbican also provides talent development opportunities that give 14 to 25 year olds the skills and confidence needed to progress in today's creative industries through the Young Creatives programme.
Renowned for a diverse range of exhibitions, the Gallery is a stimulating place for students to experience major artworks of the world’s leading visual artists as well as learn about contemporary and modern art. Exhibitions explore art, architecture, design, fashion, photography, and film. Free installations, exhibitions, and commissions are also featured in The Curve and the Level G Foyer. Free tours are available to schools with advance booking.
Step behind the scenes and see the Barbican Theatre from a new perspective on a 90 minute Backstage Tours exclusively for schools.
Learn how the architects incorporated the theatre into the building’s design, visiting the stage wings, Green Room, orchestra pit and more in the working theatre. You’ll get a closer look at set design mechanisms and get insight into the technology which makes a show come to life. Highlights include the impressive fly tower - a specialist hoisting system used to switch sets on the stage below. The Backstage Tours will give you the opportunity to enjoy a different experience of the theatre.
Barbican Box is a portable box filled with the ingredients for making and creating original theatre, visual art or music inspired by our world class arts programme. The Barbican Box is adapted for primary, secondary, and further education, with options focusing on music, theatre, and visual arts.
Barbican Box is a six month process and begins with CPD (continuing professional development) training for teachers, after which the Box is sent into schools for teachers to begin working with their students.
Teachers are matched up with an artist mentor who delivers in-school workshops at the beginning, middle and end of the creative process. Students come to the Barbican to see a production, musical performance or exhibition and the project culminates with students returning to the Barbican to showcase their original work.
Regular screenings of the Barbican's full-range of movies, from blockbuster new releases to indie thought-provokers can be booked exclusively for schools, with the vision to put film at the heart of children and young people's learning, contributing to their cultural, creative and personal development.