Always on a mission to find and support exciting new talent, our Theatre team has selected six must-see artists for our Open Lab programme

Director, Nicole Vivien Watson is one of six UK artists selected by Barbican’s producers to be awarded Open Lab Programme support.

The scheme gives artists the chance to research and develop a new project. As well as a cash grant, we offer training sessions with our staff and industry experts on topics including marketing, fundraising, and creative learning; sessions with a mentor; access to one of our Theatre producers for advice and support; and rehearsal spaces at our Centre.

“Commendations to Barbican’s producers for putting into practice an “artist-friendly” application process; I enjoyed our conversations throughout the stages of my application, and simply felt that we were getting to know one another. The Open Lab Artist Development Programme 2021, excites and inspires me. I’m thoroughly looking forward to a period of residency at the Barbican Centre that extends to Surface Area Dance Theatre’s associate artists and participants. Also, I’ll receive mentorship from Barbican’s Head of Theatre and Dance: Toni Racklin which is an opportunity I will commit entirely to.” – Nicole Vivien Watson