Chairman, Barbican Centre Board
It has been a great privilege to succeed Jeremy Mayhew as Chairman of the Barbican’s Board, and to be confident that the Centre is flourishing both artistically and organisationally in times of economic challenge. During the past year many changes have been made to ensure the Centre’s business model is robust, while the range of outstanding arts events is maintained and enhanced. The rapid development of Creative Learning and its links with East London have been particularly close to my heart, as has the Alliance for Creative Excellence with the Guildhall School and the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO). As we look towards 2012 we have a rich programme on offer at the heart of London’s Olympic celebrations: enjoy the year to come!
Sir Nicholas Kenyon
Managing Director, Barbican Centre
This has been a year of rapid and exciting change for the Barbican. In this Review you can see just some of the brilliant arts events we have offered audiences. We have also clarified our vision and objectives, refreshed our visual identity and made radical efficiencies and savings across the organisation, making us fit for purpose for the future. None of this would have been possible without the collaborative commitment of the entire staff and management working together, and the positive support of our Board. Our founder and principal funder the City of London Corporation underpins our economy, while increasingly other private and public sources help us to diversify our funding. We extend our thanks to all our donors and supporters. Here’s to 2012, a special year for London – and for the Barbican.