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Barbican and Guildhall School launch young person’s training programme

The Barbican, which has cancelled the run of Exhibit B following protests. Photo: Nevilley
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The Barbican and Guildhall School of Music and Drama have launched a joint initiative that will see training opportunities provided to thousands of young people by 2020 and the introduction of a new discounted Barbican ticket scheme for those aged 16 to 25.

Through the initiative, called Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning, the London venue and conservatoire will create the Young Arts Academy – a new programme for 14 to 25 year olds that will provide masterclasses, work experience placements, talks and career advice on the theatre, dance, music, arts and film industries. It will begin from spring 2015.

Ticket scheme Young Barbican will launch at the end of September to offer more than 50,000 tickets a year at discounted prices – from £5 to £15 – for 16 to 25 year olds attending performances and events produced by the Barbican. This replaces the existing Barbican FreeB scheme, which offers free and discounted tickets to young people on select performances.

The pair of organisations have also committed to providing every eight to 16 year-old in east London boroughs the chance to create and perform or showcase an artistic work by 2020. They will work with a network of communities, schools, local authorities and cultural groups based in the area to deliver the programme.

Meanwhile, Guildhall School also plans to introduce a new undergraduate degree course in performance and creative enterprise from 2015. It has been developed in association with the Barbican to train students in performance, leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

The Barbican will also introduce a new music strand to its existing education workshop scheme Barbican Box, which already covers theatre and film. It will provide resources for teachers and items within the box that will help students make and learn about music.

Sean Gregory, director of Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning, said: “We believe that all young people have the right to find their own creative voice and that unlocking artistic talent enables them to better face some of the challenges of the future; to learn a craft, work collaboratively, problem solve, gain confidence, think differently, to be an individual.

“Our offer is imaginative and extraordinary – a reflection of the artists we train and the young people who take part. More than a series of projects, what the BGCL is pioneering is a route through arts education that is at the forefront of developing a new cultural ecology for the 21st century.”

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