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About the Barbican Centre

A 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.

Address

Barbican Centre,
Silk Street,
London,
EC2Y 8DS

Link to Barbican Centre's website

 

Exhibitions opening soon

An exhibition celebrating French artist Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), one of the most singular and provocative voices in postwar modern art.
Open from Mon 17th May to Sun 22nd August
Jean Dubuffet - Brutal Beauty
2021-04-12
2021-04-12
An exhibition devoted to the life and work of Claudia Andujar and her collaboration with the Yanomami, one of Brazil’s largest indigenous peoples.
Open from Thu 17th June to Sun 29th August
Claudia Andujar - The Yanomami Struggle
2021-04-12
2021-04-12
An installation exploring two important social questions: who are our buildings and shared spaces for and how do they affect us?
Open from Sun 2nd May to Fri 31st December
How We Live Now: Reimagining Spaces with Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative
2021-04-12
2021-04-12
 

Barbican Centre Map

 

Fequently asked questions

The nearest station is Barbican which is 0.2 miles away.


Barbican Centre - Latest News

Barbican Centre upgrade as Centre for Music is cancelled
Barbican Centre upgrade as Centre for Music is cancelled

Plans for a new concert hall in the City of London have been cancelled as the City decides to revamp the Barbican Centre instead.

A brief history of Brutalist architecture as a Barbican map
A brief history of Brutalist architecture as a Barbican map

A variant if you like of the tube map genre is a new map of the history of Brutalist architecture laid out on a diagram of the Barbican estate.

London’s Pocket Parks: Moor Lane Community Garden, EC2
London’s Pocket Parks: Moor Lane Community Garden, EC2

A pocket park worthy of the name has appeared next to the Barbican and is a few pot plants in a few concrete pots.

Michael Clark’s dance retrospective at the Barbican
Michael Clark’s dance retrospective at the Barbican

One of those people who rather exploded into the cultural scene in the 1980s, vanished in the 90s and has now embedded as an icon of dance has filled the huge art gallery space at the Barbican.

Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory
Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory

A decade ago, mysterious drawings were uncovered on black shale sheets in Nigeria, and after studying them, life-size scans have gone on display in the Barbican.

 

Recent exhibitions

An exhibition by Keith van Loen of a series of photographic images examining how modernist architecture is defined.
2021-04-12
2021-04-12
Prepare for your preconceptions of AI to be challenged by this timely exhibition, that reflects on how this technology impacts our very existence.
2021-04-12
2021-04-12
Touching on themes of countercultures, subcultures and minorities of all kinds, the show features the work of 20 photographers from the 1950s to the present day.
2021-04-12
2021-04-12
The first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.
2021-04-12
2021-04-12
Alan’s exhibition features paintings that were executed directly in front of his subjects, usually at the beginning or at the end of the day.
2021-04-12
2021-04-12
Very odd art display in the Barbican's curve space.
2021-04-12
2021-04-12

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