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From acclaimed architects, to Turner prize-winning artists, Barbican Art Gallery presents major exhibitions by leading international figures. See some of the best exhibitions in the heart of the City of London, including a dynamic mix of architecture, design, fashion and photography.

The Curve is an art space and home to an exciting series of new commissions created for The Curve by contemporary artists.

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Opening hours

Daily 11.00-20.00
Tue & Thu 11.00-18.00
Thursdays open until 21.00
14th and 15th May open until 22.00

Closed 24-26 December, open New Year's Day from 12.00

Admission charges

Adults £8 online/£10 on the door
Concessions £7 online/£8 on the door

Other performances and exhibitions vary.

Getting there

The nearest stations at Barbican and Moorgate. The Barbican is also a short walk from Liverpool Street and Farrindon Stations.

Additional info

The Main entrance at Silk Street is ramped and lifts give access to all levels. All our venues have seating for wheelchair users - please inform us of any access requirements on booking. There are three wheelchairs for visitors' use, subject to availability; these can be pre-booked by calling the Box Office on 020 7638 8891.

An induction loop is provided in the Concert Hall and Cinema. Visitors with hearing aids can make use of this facility by switching their hearing aid to the 'T' position. A radio network system is provided in the Theatre and Pit - visitors with hearing impairments may benefit from this facility. Headsets can be collected from Theatre Stalls Right prior to performance.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The World of Charles and Ray Eames

  • 21 October 2015 — 14 February 2016

Charles and Ray Eames are among the most important designers of the 20th century. This extensive new exhibition surveys their careers and extraordinary work at the Eames Office.

The Office was a ‘laboratory’, active for over four decades, where the Eameses and their collaborators and staff produced an array of pioneering designs. For most people, their work is characterised by designs for furniture and products, yet their interest in addressing the needs of any given problem led them to communicate using a variety of tools and media.

They were driven by philosophical ideals; embraced the potential of technology and science for the common good; and saw no separation between life and work. This extensive exhibition presents the world of Charles and Ray Eames through objects and projects produced during their lifetime including film, multi-channel slideshows, photography, furniture, products, drawings, sculpture, painting, graphic design, models, props, and exhibition and installation artefacts.


Tickets to be announced.


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Karima Skalli


  • 11 July 2015 7-9pm

Moroccan singer Karima Skalli and the Asil Ensemble perform three Burdas – song cycles combining poetry and music, which have inspired the greatest Arab composers and poets across the centuries.

The concert, featuring the music of Umm Kulthoum and Mustafa Said opens, is presented by Shubbak and Abu Dhabi Festival and opens our music programme at the Barbican.

A well known classical Burda with words from the 12th century poems of Al Busari and the famous Nahj El Burda of Umm Kulthoum join a new composition by oud virtuoso Mustafa Said, to words by contemporary Palestinian poet Tamim Barghouti.
Pre-concert free events in the Club Stage in the Foyer, Barbican

5.30pm: Pre-concert talk
Kamal Kassar, director of the AMAR Foundation, talks about our music programme and his work collecting historical recordings of Arab music as a resource for today’s composers and musicians.

6pm: Pre-concert performance
Homage to Sami al Shawa
Sami al Shawa (1889-1965) was the most famous of all Arab violinists. Born in Egypt to a family from Aleppo, he collaborated with the greatest singers of his generation. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death, join members of the Asil Ensemble and the highly acclaimed violinist Ahmed Al Salhi to hear about the life and career of the ‘Arab Paganini’ and listen to some of his most famous music.

Presented in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Festival and the Foundation for Arab Music Archiving & Research (AMAR), with support from the British Council, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco, UK and Arab Fund for Arts and Culture – AFAC

A special iftar dinner will be available at the Barbican Lounge after the concert. Tickets £22.50 | Pre-book with your concert ticket at check-out or call the Lounge directly on 020 7382 6180.




A still from 'Queens of Syria'

Queens of Syria

  • 15 July 2015 6:30-8:30pm

Queens of Syria tells the story of sixty women from Syria.

Whilst the conflict in Syria continues and thousands have been displaced, the London premiere of Yasmin Fedda’s powerful documentary follows a group of women living in exile in Jordan as they prepare to perform Euripedes’ tragedy, The Trojan Woman. Though separated by two thousand years and more, the uprooting, the enslavement and the bereavement suffered by the fictional queens of Ancient Greece mirrors the modern suffering of these ordinary, yet extraordinary women. This screening will be the London premiere.

Director, Yasmin Fedda | Jordan/UAE/UK | 2014 | 70 mins

Followed by a Q&A with the director.


Tickets: £9.50/£8.50 conc/£7.60 Members/£7.50 Young Barbican
Booking fees may apply


Zahed Sultan

Zahed Sultan

  • 16 July 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Multimedia artist Zahed Sultan performs a live set, especially created for the Barbican Art Gallery as part of Doug Aitken’s Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening (27 June – 26 July).

Using existing and new material created in a short residency on-site, the immersive performance uses song arrangements, including Sultan’s signature tracks Hakatha and I want her but I don’t want her, to atmospherically weave live acoustic and electronic material, generating intense and mesmerising audio-visual landscapes. The performance deliberately combines and blurs analogue and digital technologies and mixes nostalgia with futuristic sounds.

Zahed Sultan is a Kuwait-based artist, whose work has been presented worldwide, including Amman, Beirut, Berlin, Chennai, Dubai, Kuwait City and Tokyo.

Commissioned by Shubbak and the British Council

Produced by the Barbican as part of Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening




Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Barbican Walking Guide

Explore the areas around the Barbican and its intriguing architecture. The guide can be downloaded for free and will take you around the highwalks which are some of the most interesting design features of the Barbican complex.

Getting there

The nearest stations at Barbican and Moorgate. The Barbican is also a short walk from Liverpool Street and Farrindon Stations.

Silk Street
City of London



General enquiries

Gallery bookshop

Group bookings

Exhibition enquiries


Box office

0845 121 6828

Group bookings

020 7382 5268

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.