In 1980 an architectural design practice was set up that was to challenge how buildings and urban landscapes are built, and its effects are still around us today.
About the Barbican CentreA cultural hub based in the concrete brutalist estate next to the Barbican tube station, it was built in the 1960s by the City of London to encourage people to live and socialise in the city.
Today is it one of the UK's leading art and theatre venues, with regular events every day, art exhibitions and films.
The art centre is free to visit and wander around, and some of the art exhibits are also free, but most of the theatre/film events have to be paid for.
IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.
Link to Barbican Centre's website
Exhibitions open at the moment
An installation exploring two important social questions: who are our buildings and shared spaces for and how do they affect us?
Ends on Thu 23rd December
An exhibition celebrating Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi, one of the most experimental and pioneering artists of the 20th century.
10am to 6pm
Ends on Sun 9th January 2022
£0 Shilpa Gupta
The first major London exhibition by Mumbai-based artist Shilpa Gupta highlights the fragility of one’s right to expression whilst raising urgent questions of censorship, confinement and resistance.
11am to 5pm
Ends on Sun 6th February 2022
Exhibitions opening soon
Inside this immersive, 360-degree cinematic installation, you’ll get to look far beyond the frame.
Open from Wed 10th November to Sat 13th November
Emmy award-winning Lynette Wallworth’s 360° VR experience connects you with an Amazonian people who are ascending from the edge of extinction.
Open from Wed 24th November to Sat 4th December
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Fequently asked questions
What's the nearest railway station to Barbican Centre
The nearest station is Barbican which is 0.2 miles away.
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Very odd art display in the Barbican's curve space.
A hypnotic light display based on Islamic geometry in the main foyer of the Barbican.
The Vulgar is the first exhibition to explore the inherently challenging but utterly compelling territory of taste in fashion,
An immersive multi-channel video installation, created by conceptual documentary photographer and Deutsche Börse Photography Prize winner Richard Mosse
Explore Chamberlin, Powell and Bon's endeavour to combine spaciousness with high density development.
This is the first major UK exhibition to focus on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War to now,