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Barbican Patrons


Barbican Patrons champion international programming, bold commissions and opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to access world-class arts for free.

Our Patrons help us keep our programme accessible to everyone, allowing us to continue investing in the artists and communities we work with, all while celebrating their love of the arts through closer engagement with our programme. 

The support of our Patrons has never been so crucial. As well as sustaining and enabling our international artistic programme, Patrons help keep our programme open and accessible to all. 

In grateful recognition of your support, we offer a range of benefits to help you make the most of our programme. These include priority booking, access to tickets for sold-out performances and exclusive event invitations.

Join us for some very special Patron Events across our programme


Soheila Sokhanvari Studio Visit

Wysing Arts Centre visit and lunch with the artist

Wednesday 22 June, all day

Wysing Studio, Cambridge

Director’s Circle

We are delighted to host a studio visit to Wysing Arts Centre for an opportunity to meet artist Soheila Sokhanvari ahead of her Barbican exhibition. Wysing Director, Rosie Cooper, and Deputy Director, Ceri Ann Littlechild will introduce us to the extraordinary history and mission of Wysing, and Soheila will share the craft behind her exquisite paintings after taking lunch with the group.


Claire Spencer AM Welcome

Supporters’ Breakfast & Architecture tour

Thursday, 23 June, 9.30am


All Patrons

Join us for breakfast to welcome our newly appointed CEO, Claire Spencer, for an opportunity to get together and celebrate the Barbican supporter community.  Guests can opt to join a private, guided tour of the Barbican’s incredible architectural heritage right after the event.



Anything Goes

Behind the Scenes stage tour*

An ‘In Conversation’ event and preshow drinks with the Creative team and a Post-show Cast Meet

Wednesday 6 July, 5.30pm

Barbican Theatre and Sunken Bar

*Stage tour open to Director’s Circle members. In Conversation and Post-show event open to All Patrons.

Join us on an exciting evening around the returning smash-hit musical, Anything Goes. Director’s Circle members will have the chance to visit the set before a pre-show ‘In Conversation’ event during which we will hear from the show’s Producers and get insight into how this wildly successful musical came to be. After the show, we are pleased to offer an opportunity to meet the cast at our post-show reception.



Carolee Schneemann: Body Politics

Champagne Preview and Curator Introduction

Wednesday 7 September, from 5.45pm

Barbican Art Gallery

All Patrons

This much anticipated exhibition is the first major UK retrospective of the work of the great American artist, Carolee Schneemann. The exhibition explores Schneemann’s diverse, transgressive and interdisciplinary work, which spanned more than six decades. Join us for a special preview and champagne reception ahead of the Private View opening, for an opportunity to hear from the curator and see the exhibition first.



Soheila Sokhanvari: Rebel Rebel

Champagne Preview and Curator Introduction

Thursday 6 October, from 6pm

The Curve

All Patrons

Responding to the unique qualities of the Barbican’s sweeping Curve gallery, this will be the first institutional show of the artist’s work in London. Drawing on her rich Persian heritage, Sokhanvari combines political histories with bizarre and humorous narratives in this multidisciplinary show. Join the curator for a special preview of the exhibition ahead of the private view.


Isata Kanneh-Mason

Pre-performance, Backstage In Conversation

Monday 10 October, from 6.30pm

Barbican Hall

All Patrons

We are delighted to host the solo Barbican debut of the talented Isata Kanneh-Mason. Our Patrons are invited to a pre-show reception and the opportunity to hear from the pianst, who will be bringing a mature perspective to popular children’ tunes in an evening that will also feature Debussy, Mozart and Schumann. 




Champagne generously provided by Taittinger

To enjoy priority booking for our programme, and invitations to even more special events, join as a Barbican Patron.


Barbican Patrons

£1,500 per year (+£1,120 donation / £380 benefits*)

Benefits include:

  • Membership Plus benefits including free entry to our exhibitions (+ guest), access to Members Lounge, discounts on selected tickets and free access to our cinema on demand films
  • Enhanced Priority booking and access to tickets for sold out performances
  • Dedicated ticket-booking line, and support with your bookings
  • Invitations to special pre-performance receptions and private views of our exhibitions
  • Recognition of your support online and in our publications

Join or renew


Barbican Principal Patrons

£6,000 per year (+£5,260 donation / £740benefits*)

All the benefits held by Premier Patrons plus:

  • Opportunity to reserve your seats for the entire season
  • Invitations to post-performance events backstage with artists

Join or renew

Barbican Premier Patrons

£3,000 per year (+£2,540 donation / £460 benefits*)

All the benefits held by Barbican Patrons plus:

  • Enhanced Priority booking
  • Access to exclusive behind-the-scenes opportunities, such as backstage tours and rehearsals

Join or renew






Barbican Director's Circle

£10,000 per year (+£9,000 donation / £1,000 benefits*)

All the benefits held by Principal Patrons plus:

  • Highest level of flexibility to hold your preferred seats for the entire season
  • Invitation to the annual Director's Circle dinner with our Artistic Director
  • Out-of-hours access to the Gallery by arrangement with the curator
  • Complimentary exhibition catalogue for major exhibitions

Join or renew


* Please note: all Patron levels are split between a benefit portion and a donation. The donation portion is a suggested donation to which Gift Aid provisions apply, but you may purchase the benefits package separately without making any further donation.

‘Being a Barbican Patron brings the satisfaction of being even a small stone in a brilliant structure that lights up the lives of many, many people‘
Keith Salway, Barbican Patron