Barbican

Barbican
Silk Street
London
City of London
EC2Y 8DS
England

Website

www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery

E-mail

General enquiries

artinfo@barbican.org.uk

Gallery bookshop

gallerybookshop@barbican.org.uk

Group bookings

groups@barbican.org.uk

Exhibition enquiries

artexhibitions@barbican.org.uk

tickets@barbican.org.uk

Telephone

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.
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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.

Venue Type:

Gallery

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
www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery

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.
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The Barbican Exhibition: Chamberlin, Powell & Bon Architects

  • 25 September 2014 — 22 March 2015 *on now

The first display in a series exploring the architecture and design of the Barbican celebrates its architects: Peter 'Joe' Chamberlin, Geoffry Powell and Christof Bon.

Discover rare photographs taken by CP&B and watercolours by Powell.

Website

http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=16896

Kajak, orange, weiss (Kayak, orange, white) 1987

Roman Signer : Slow Movement

  • 4 March — 31 May 2015 *on now

Renowned for his sculptural installations and video works that push everyday objects and situations to absurd ends, for his new Curve commission Roman Signer uses the kayak – a long standing symbol and form in his work for three decades.

Specially made for this show, the kayak moves through the 90-metre long gallery towed by a rope suspended from the ceiling, navigating the Curve as if moving through a river. The exhibition extends to the foyer and lakeside, with two other kayaks installed across the centre in unexpected ways reflecting Signer’s playful and surreal approach to his subject.

Slow Movement also includes a selection of earlier films featuring the kayak to explore the multiple facets of his innovative practice through his ongoing interest in this object.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=17362

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.

Admission

Tickets to be announced.

Website

http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=17089

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.
Peter Blake in his studio, London

In Conversation with Peter Blake and Rachel Cooke

  • 6 March 2015 7-8:30pm *on now

Observer journalist Rachel Cooke in conversation with Peter Blake talking about his long and distinguished artistic career, and his decades-long habit of collecting the weird and wonderful in British folk tradition.

Suitable for

Admission

£10 / £5 Young Barbican

Website

http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=17699

Wall of Kota reliquary figures in Arman’s home, New York

Exhibition Tour with Zoe Mendelson

  • 19 March 2015 7-8:30pm

Artist and writer Zoë Mendelson leads a tour of Magnificent Obsessions. Mendelson has studied the psychologies of accumulation and hoarding both through her PhD and her recent project, 'This Mess is a Place' and brings a unique insight into the urge that lies behind collecting.

Suitable for

Admission

£12 per person. Includes same day entry to exhibition.

Website

http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=17763

The ‘Tower’ room, Darboven’s house and studio, Hamburg

Exhibition Tour with Luke Naessens

  • 3 April 2015 7-8:30pm

Join Exhibition Assistant Luke Naessens on a tour of Magnificent Obsessions, providing insight into the artists and their collections.

Suitable for

Admission

£12 per person. Includes same day entry to exhibition.

Website

http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=17764

Jim Shaw’s studio, Altadena, California, 2014

Butterfly Preservation Workshop

  • 11 April 2015 11am-4pm

Join Margot Magpie, taxidermy artist, in the art of butterfly preservation by learning how to preserve, handle, set, and pin your very own butterflies.

Each participant will be able to take their specimens home for drying and mounting. A variety of colours and shapes of ethically sourced butterflies will be available.

No experience is necessary to take part in this workshop and all tools and materials are provided. This workshop is open to adults (over 18) only.

Suitable for

Admission

£65 per person. Includes same day entry to exhibition.

Website

http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=17755

Danh Vo I M U U R 2, 2013 Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis T.B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 2014

Exhibition Tour with Chris Dyvik and Max Kahlen

  • 16 April 2015 7-8:30pm

Join Chris Dyvik and Max Kahlen of Dyvik Kahlen Architects, who are the Magnificent Obsessions exhibition designers, for a tour of the gallery and learn how the unique character of the artworks and collections impacted on the design of the display space.

Suitable for

Admission

£12 per person. Includes same day entry to exhibition.

Website

http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=17766

Netsuke from the collection of Edmund de Waal

In conversation with Edmund de Waal and Andrew Graham-Dixon

  • 22 April 2015 7-8:30pm

Acclaimed artist Edmund de Waal in conversation with broadcaster and journalist Andrew Graham-Dixon.

Suitable for

Admission

£10 / £5 Young Barbican

Website

http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=17772

Record covers in Dr Lakra’s studio, Oaxaca, 2014

Exhibition Tour with Viktor Wynd

  • 7 May 2015 7-8:30pm

Join unique character Viktor Wynd, proprietor of The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, as he leads you round the exhibition sharing insights into the fabulous world of collecting.

Suitable for

Admission

£12 per person. Includes same day entry to exhibition.

Website

http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=17768

‘Military Optical Surgical Kit’, Second Edition, date unknown Collection of Hiroshi Sugimoto

Exhibition Tour with Sophie Persson

  • 21 May 2015 7-8:30pm

Join Associate Curator Sophie Persson on a tour of Magnificent Obsessions and learn about the artists, their artworks and collections.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12 per person. Includes same day entry to exhibition.

Website

http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=17765

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

http://www.barbican.org.uk/media/upload/visitor%20information/129WalkThrough-barbican.pdf

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.

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