How We Work With Artists
We want to create the conditions for artists to develop and present extraordinary work which is deeply rooted in the present moment and responds to the most urgent questions of our time.
We’re committed to creating welcoming and inclusive spaces where communities, artists and audiences are connected to collaborate and be creative.
Ensuring the rich diversity of London is properly represented in our programme is central to our mission and shapes how we programme and develop work at BAC.
We look to develop and present work that is:
- groundbreaking and unexpected in its ideas and aesthetics
- pioneering in its commitment to access and inclusion
- bold in its exploration of otherwise hidden perspectives
- playful in its approach to traditional forms
- critically rigorous in its investigations of subject matter
- socially impactful in its invitation to audiences
HOW WE PROGRAMME
Our programming vision prioritises:
We programme international work and support local artists in internationalising their practice.
- Supporting a new generation of artists
We support early and mid-career artists in developing work to become part of our programme.
We collaborate with artists and young people to co-curate festivals, focused programmes and building takeovers.
- Autumn seasons focus on ‘scaling up’ including presenting artists who have created their first mid-scale work through BAC commission or other ways, showcasing artistically, technically and financially ambitious works and increasing audience outreach with long runs.
- Spring seasons are focused on diversifying curation through collaboration with other festivals in the city, co-curation with artists and young people for developing special projects for the building. We also curate and produce Bloom; a new programming strand for works with short runs that have been developed with BAC over the past year.
- Grand Hall (seating up to 470) with 4-6 weeks access in Autumn and 3-4 weeks in Spring seasons.
- Council Chamber (largest studio space with a capacity 146 seated) with full access during the seasons.
- Other spaces in the building, such as Members Bar (up to 80 seated), The Courtyard (outdoor theatre, holds up to 120 people), New Committee Room and Lower Hall are priorities for income generation. Our Producing team collaborates with our Events team when required to use these spaces.
- We also have eight artists’ bedrooms on site. The rooms provide an opportunity for companies from across the UK and internationally to stay for free whilst working at BAC.
Through our Creative Development programme, we work closely with artists to reimagine what performance can be and who it can reach, providing bespoke packages of support to nurture artistic journeys and incubate new performance works.
We use our building as a space to experiment, develop and test ideas. Some of our smallest spaces have been home to the earliest sparks of projects that have gone on to tour internationally.
With an ethos of collaboration, we bring the diverse skills and expertise of the BAC team to develop ideas with artists. This includes working together to create project timelines, build creative teams, approach partners, fundraise, and make the work accessible, as well as creative dialogue about the artistic direction of the work.
We are committed to supporting creative communities built on reciprocity and exchange. This includes pro-actively forming national and international networks to sustain and elevate artists’ work.
HOW WE SUPPORT ARTISTS
We develop work through the following strands:
We provide time in the BAC rehearsal spaces free of any hire charges to develop work.
We are continuously developing bespoke programmes focused on peer-to-peer exchange and developing practice, rather than products or presentations. This includes building opportunities for local artists to connect with international artists.
We provide bespoke packages of space, financial and producing support to develop projects for our public programme, as well as seed commissions for testing new ideas and experimenting. We also offer accommodation in the BAC bedrooms for commissioned artists based outside of London.
Our New Dimensions commission is focused on supporting artists to scale up their practice through a partnership commissioning model.