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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.

Eddie Peake: The Forever Loop

  • 9 October 2015 — 10 January 2016 *on now

For his new Curve commission, London-based artist Eddie Peake combines live performance with sculpture, video, installation and painting to create an energetic and erotic gallery experience. Sexuality and desire are constant themes in Peake’s live performances that typically foreground the naked body.

The Forever Loop presents a choreographed, looped performance that weaves in and out of synchronisation with a video of past performances, a home movie from his childhood and a film shot at the studio of Set against a backdrop of large scale installations from maze-like, plastered wall structures that frame both the viewer and performer to a raised scaffold walkway, the performers move in and out of the spaces taking the viewer on a dramatic journey, while a sheer suited roller skater glides fluidly through the space. The installation is populated with surreal objects Including a cast of Perspex bears, brightly coloured whale bones, a metal figure with an acrylic box head filled with autobiographical items, as well as delicate bronze pipettes nestled on shelves with plaster sculptures.

Suitable for

  • Any age


The World of Charles and Ray Eames

  • 21 October 2015 — 14 February 2016 *on now

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.


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.