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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.

Omer Arbel: 44

  • 14 September 2016 — 18 April 2017 *on now

Designed by Omer Arbel and produced by Bocci, this bespoke light installation is the second site-specific commission for the Lightwell at the Barbican Foyer. Comprised of hundreds of free-poured aluminium forms, the work is suspended from the ceiling by a matrix of thin cables. As the sculpture descends into the space and expands, it punctuates the foyer, engaging with notions of weightlessness and mass, craft and mass-production, entering into dialogue with the Barbican’s concrete surrounds.

Bocci is a Vancouver and Berlin-based design and manufacturing company founded in 2005 under the creative directorship of Omer Arbel, known for sculptural lighting and large scale light installations.

The installation 44 is part of the London Design Festival, 17–25 September 2016.


The Vulgar

  • 13 October 2016 — 5 February 2017 *on now

What is it that makes something vulgar? This sumptuous exhibition explores notions of vulgarity in the fashions of the renaissance, the 18th century, while also celebrating contemporary designers who boldly revel in the excesses and delights of ‘the vulgar’.


The Fantastic Barbican World

  • 23 October 2016 — 16 April 2017 *on now

As part of the changing foyer displays which celebrate the Barbican’s famous modernist architecture and design, The Fantastic Barbican World will explore Chamberlin, Powell and Bon's endeavour to combine spaciousness with high density development.

Starting from a 16 feet 8 inch model, the original plan comprised of over 2000 flats and maisonettes for 6500 occupants and aimed to create a large-scale residential and cultural landmark whilst avoiding the monotony associated with high density developments. Fourth in the series of displays, The Fantastic Barbican World includes a number of residential plans alongside interior images of the flats as they are lived in today.


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.

Asunder: Field Music, Warm Digits, Bob Stanley

  • 12 February 2017 8-11pm

Comprising modern and archive footage, audio, plus a live soundtrack from Field Music and Warm Digits, Esther Johnson’s film Asunder explores the devastating effects of World War One on small town North East England.

In the early 20th Century, Tyneside and Wearside was home to a thriving industry, with a bustling community excited by football, music hall and a golden future. World War One turned the region upside down. Narrated by Kate Adie and Alan Armstrong, creatively produced by Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne and featuring a live soundtrack written and performed by North Eastern bands Field Music and Warm Digits with a live string ensemble, Asunder captures this world – not through grisly images of war, but through the real stories of people in Sunderland.

Asunder accounts life on the home front through intertwining vignettes and narratives. We meet the brave men going off to the war, and the conscientious objectors ostracised from their community for their principles. We meet the women left behind, working as doctors, tram conductors and even footballers. We meet the real people of Sunderland and experience their lives – resilient, humble and human.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17


Milton Court Concert Hall
Silk St

Getting there

Within walking distance of Barbican and Moorgate tube stations


Tickets £20-22.50 plus booking fee*

*£3 booking fee per online transaction, £4 by phone. No fee when tickets are booked in person. Click here for more information on booking fees.

14-25 Young Barbican members, £15 no booking fee (subject to availability). Become a Young Barbican member -


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.