“The diversity of artists involved in British Theatre is one its great strengths. The difficulty of gaining a footing in the arts establishment if you are not from a narrow range of backgrounds is one of its great weaknesses. Through the Arcola LAB we will bring more excellent art to more people, by providing space and support for diverse artists.” Mehmet Ergen, Artistic Director
Through Arcola Lab, we offer 26 weeks of free rehearsal space every year to Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee artists. We want to support the development of new creative ideas and to encourage new, diverse voices.
The Arcola Lab offers a week’s use of Studio 3, 4 or 5, as well as a hot desk in our fully equipped office space. If you wish, we can support you to host a small showcase at the end of your residency. As well as this, you’ll get the chance to share your ideas with a multitude of other actors, directors and creatives currently producing shows on Arcola Theatre stages.
Applications are assessed one quarter in advance:
- June for residencies in Sept-Nov
- September for residencies in Dec-Feb
- December for residencies in March-May
- March for residencies in June-August