The HopBarn  is ideal for artistic residencies; whether for initial research and development periods or for more extensive rehearsals and music production. Due to the venue's rural isolation and the attached accommodation, artists and groups have the freedom to work when creatively inspired even if this means working late into the night or early hours.

Brink Dance Company in residence: Company Dancer: Shawn-"The floor lifts the heaviest animal, and the ground holds the most fragile seeds, the sun gives all life, we rest wake up and work tomorrow."

LaPelle's Factory undertook a residency period at The HopBarn in June 2016 for a new work as part of Derby Theatre's Departure Lounge Festival.

Marcus Farnsworth - Director Southwell Music Festival rehearsing the Festival Voices prior to Southwell Music Festival in August 2015

'The HopBarn itself has been ideal in terms of space. We have all the technical requirements needed for a project in development. The rehearsal room is well equipped, with a kitchen and common room attached. Outside of the large window, we can see the horses graze'

Ollie Smith - Director LaPelle's Factory

The self-catering accommodation joins the main studio allowing ease of access for artists and groups residing at the venue. The daily commute to work is therefore relaxing and alleviates the added stress caused by additional travel. In such situations, artists and groups arrive in the studio fresh for the day ahead.


As the studio is prioritised for all resident companies  Set and props used for production rehearsals can also be left in situ whilst a company is in residence thus omitting the often un-necassary and burdensome time spent striking and re-assembling sets and equipment due to other programmed activity.