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Emerging & practising artists

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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

Theatre and Dance Open Lab

Theatre and Dance Open Lab

Barbican Theatre and Dance Open Labs give artists the chance to experiment across the artforms with no expectation of delivering a final product. We accept 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

Creative Learning Open Lab

Creative Learning Open Lab

Our Open Lab programme supports early to mid-career artists to develop their socially engaged practice, without the expectation of producing a final outcome.

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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

STAMP (Supporting Theatre and Makers of Performance)

We are an active member of the STAMP network. STAMP is a group of venues and organisations based in London who support and produce new theatre and performance work. STAMP's mission is practical collective action to improve the ways in which artists are supported by our organisations and the industry, and are valued in society more widely. 

Members include:

The Albany, Arcola, Artsadmin, artsdepot, Barbican, Battersea Arts Centre, Camden People’s Theatre, Fuel, The Gate, National Theatre, The Old Vic, Omnibus Theatre, Ovalhouse, Penned in the Margins, Pleasance, Poplar Union, Richmix, Shoreditch Town Hall, Soho Theatre, Stratford Circus, Talawa, Tamasha, Theatre 503, Theatre Delicatessen, The Yard, Yellow Earth.