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From Creative Learning, Barbican/Guildhall: Art School Lab Workshop

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Arts School Lab 
Barbican Centre
 17 – 28 June 2013

Application process now open. Closing date 6 May 2013.

Arts School Lab 2013 is a two-week summer school focused on collaboration, creativity and encounters with everyday life. It is an intensive learning programme intended to bring together creative people with an active curiosity about ideas and action through the arts.  

Core Tutors include film-maker and director Penny Woolcock, artist and co-founder of muf architecture/art, Katherine Clark.

Arts School Lab explores the idea of ‘unlearning’ conventions and education through conversation and practical experiences. This year’s project follows on from the success of Arts School Lab 2012, which explored art and social change informed by educational ideas from the Bauhaus (1919–33).  This year, the project is influenced by ideas from Black Mountain College (1933–54), the American avant-garde arts school centred on freedom and experimental education. The principle of this arts education was to reconnect art with life, educating the whole person to become fully awake to life.

Arts School Lab requires an open mind. Participants will exercise courage as well as creativity. Attendance is required every day and some evenings for the whole two-week programme (17 to 28 June inclusive). Activities will take place around the Barbican Centre and East London. You will need to make your own accommodation and travel arrangements. All sessions will be in English.

Places cost£150 per person; a limited number of bursaries are available.

Application forms can be downloaded from the Barbican website

Age guidance: 18+
Suitable for creative professionals from all art forms.

Arts School Lab is one of many events in the LAB programme by Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning, which offers creative development opportunities for professionals through collaborative learning. The year-round programme includes Pit Labs (research and development time in the Barbican Pit Theatre), Weekend Labs (two-day in-depth practical explorations of performance work from the Barbican arts programme) and Arts School Lab (an annual two-week interdisciplinary event devised with world-class artists/directors/thinkers).

Comments from participants on Arts School Lab 2012: ‘It was a liberating experience and has encouraged me to engage with many people to try out new approaches in my work.’ 
‘I can now understand my role as an artist in society with clarity and confidence.’