Submit your project

Update: the submission deadline for this has passed!

We’re still accepting submissions, but there is no guarantee that we can fit you in any more, and it may take a long time until we get around to replying. Our volunteer team is currently busy with the first batch of submissions…

Calling all artists, startups, musicians, hackers, dancers, film-makers, theatre performers, fashion designers and other creative types. What new work would you develop if you had your own workspace inside the world-famous Barbican Centre for a couple of days, a week or even a whole month?

Now’s your chance! Applications are now invited for project residencies at Hack The Barbican, which will run from 5th to 31st August 2013. No matter if you’re a world-famous artist, a web startup, an engineering student or an accountant who makes things in their spare time. Every project will be considered on the same footing. Projects can be put forward by an individual, an existing group or a newly-formed collaboration.

If the form below doesn’t quite suite your purposes or if some things aren’t clear: simply fill it out as best you can, we can figure out the details later.

We now also organise regular community meetups that offer an open and welcoming space to meet prospective collaborators for August, discuss project ideas, find projects in need of support, and have a tour of the Barbican’s spaces. For details on these meetups see Get Involved.

Projects selected for residencies will receive the following:

  • Free workspace at The Barbican
  • Contribute to event planning (if you’re into that)
  • Informal mentoring and technical support
  • Help finding additional skills and facilities your project needs
  • Promotion to high level media
  • Video and photographic documentation
  • Opportunities to perform and exhibit
  • Participation in  workshops, discussions and parties
  • Involvement in future exhibitions and events

Projects will be assessed on the following criteria:

  •  Projects should involve the creation of a something new. It’s fine to build on an existing project but there needs to be a significant element of experimentation and new development.
  • 50% of the residencies will be offered to projects that involve a specific “hack” of The Barbican. This can be interpreted broadly including hacks of:
    • Barbican architecture (eg lifts, cloakroom)
    • Barbican infrastructure (eg internal Tannoy system, CCTV)
    • Barbican data
  • NB While we’re open to exciting and challenging ideas, please remember that much of the Barbican Centre’s raw customer and other data, system integrity and public safety + security cannot be compromised by proposed projects. If you have any questions re the feasibility of your project, please do get in touch with us.
  • Preference will be given to projects involving collaborations between people from different disciplines, especially if they haven’t worked together before.
  • Preference will be given to projects which are open to additional people getting involved during the residency.
  • Project teams must make a commitment to work onsite throughout the period of their residency.

Limited bursaries may be available to cover materials and equipment (but not travel or living expenses). 

We’ll let you know by email if your project has been selected. If you have any questions you’re welcome to ask them in our email group.

To submit your project please fill in the details below.

If the embedded form doesn’t work you can also access it at

hack the babican black