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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.

Imran Qureshi

  • 18 February — 10 July 2016 *on now

Barbican has commissioned the award-winning Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi to create a new body of work for The Curve.

For his first major London commission, Qureshi presents Where the Shadows are so Deep, a series of exquisite miniature paintings, drawing upon The Curve as a motif in this tradition. Beginning with gentle scenes of nature, the sequence of works gradually introduces darker elements, subtly implying the uncertainty of what lies around the bend. Hung at varying heights along the dramatic 90-metre span of the space, these delicate, jewel-like paintings lure the visitor in, demanding an altogether different kind of looking.


Towards the Mean

  • 16 March — 19 June 2016 *on now

An interactive visual art and sound piece designed by Marianne Holm Hansen with electronic musicians from the Guildhall School.

Exploring the concept of identity and what it means to be British today, the installation takes inspiration from the Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers exhibition, curated by Martin Parr.


Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers

  • 16 March — 19 June 2016 *on now

Curated by the iconic British photographer Martin Parr, Strange and Familiar considers how international photographers from the 1930s onwards have captured the social, cultural and political identity of the UK.

From social documentary and portraiture to street and architectural photography, the exhibition celebrates the work of leading photographers, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rineke Dijkstra, Robert Frank and Garry Winogrand. Bringing together compelling photographs and previously unseen bodies of work, Strange and Familiar presents a vibrant portrait of modern Britain.


Standard: £12.00
Concessions: £10
Students/14-17: £8
Young Barbican: £5
Art Fund Members: £8


The Barbican Exhibition: Designing for a Living City

  • 19 March — 16 October 2016 *on now

Explore the third Barbican Exhibition which traces the controversial design of the residential development, looking at the range of flat types and interiors which would accommodate some 6000 people within 35 acres.

The display includes Chamberlin, Powell and Bon’s original 1971 residential layout and landscape plan, as well as original fittings, archival illustrations, leaflets, brochures and films.


Ragnar Kjartansson

  • 14 July — 4 September 2016

Swinging playfully between romantic melancholy and light-heartedness, go on an emotional journey with Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson through his performances, films and paintings.


Bedwyr Williams

  • 29 September 2016 — 8 January 2017

Drawing on the everyday quirks of his own life and the world around him, enter the world of Bedwyr Williams and the bizarre scenarios he conjures through his immersive installations.


The Vulgar

  • 13 October 2016 — 5 February 2017

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’.


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.