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When you support the Barbican Fund, you are joining thousands of people who help sustain and grow what we all love about the Barbican

We innovate with outstanding artists and performers to create an international programme that crosses art forms, investing in the artists of today and tomorrow.

Your generous donations could mean:

• a family will experience a concert together for free

• a young person will feel the excitement of waiting in the wings for the first time

• a new work can be commissioned

• artists can develop through training, mentoring and collaboration

These are the kinds of experiences that change lives, forever and for the better. You really can help. We receive donations of all sizes from thousands of generous people like you every year. Every single gift helps inspire more people to discover and love the arts.

How your money helps

Help unlock creativity

Support children and young people develop creativity, confidence and skills for life

Each year, Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning collaborates with world-class artists and companies, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Complicite and Serious, to fill a Barbican Box with inspiring materials. Designed to help schools and colleges create their own theatre, music or art from scratch, all participants have the once-in-lifetime opportunity to perform onstage or exhibit their art at the Barbican.

It costs £5,000 to provide a school with the Barbican Box programme, which includes teacher training and support from artist mentors.

Since its launch in 2011, Barbican Box has reached 4,500 young people. Help us to expand the programme and provide thousands more 8-to-16-year-olds with confidence, creativity and skills for life by making a donation today.

“I’d recommend it. It’s the best experience ever.” Barbican Box participant

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Support Young Barbican

Help 14-25 year olds experience world-class art, film, music, theatre and dance

Young Barbican members get a fantastic deal. They can buy tickets for as little as £5 (top price £15) and can bring a friend at the same discounted price. Best of all, their membership is completely free.

More than 40,000 young people are now members. The programme works because it's supported by your donations.

As little as £10 can help us provide more affordable tickets for Young Barbican members. Donate today and help nurture the audiences and artists of tomorrow.

“The most impressive feat the Barbican has achieved is the makeup of these members: 91% are new to the Barbican when they join, showing that a lot of young people are interested in the arts.” Londonist

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Bring new work to life

Support new commissions by artists at the Barbican

From Richard Mosse’s powerful installation Incoming about refugees and migrants, to Random International’s Rain Room, where visitors could experience what it might feel like to control the rain, to Leandro Erlich’s captivating visual illusion Dalston House, the Barbican has a long history of bringing ground-breaking new commissions to audiences.

Each requires an investment in artists and the teams around them. If you are a passionate arts lover, eager to give artists a chance to create original work, please make a donation and help bring transformative new work to life.

“There’s two things you need to know about Richard Mosse: Incoming. One: it will make you rethink the European refugee crisis. And two: it contains some of the most beautiful images you will see in a gallery this year. Or ever.” Time Out

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Community Events

Ensure everyone can enjoy world-class arts and learning through free community events

You can help us develop free exhibitions, performances and family events for everyone to enjoy both at the Barbican and out in our local east London boroughs.

Events like OpenFest, a free day of art and entertainment at the Barbican with innovative workshops, performances and activities showcasing creativity from east London communities.

With your help we were able to keep the event free and arrange transport to the Barbican for 200 participants and community members from Barking and Dagenham and 46 families from Tower Hamlets.

Make a donation today and help ensure access to the arts for everyone.

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‘Before I started getting involved in projects like the Barbican Box I was really shy and not very confident. But now I am able to ask questions and contribute when I am in a big group.‘
A participant in Barbican Box