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What Do We Become

Tob, artist, sitting on a chair next to a large canvas

Chloe Hamill

Tobi Alexandra Falade, artist and recent Curatorial Trainee at the Barbican Centre, will lead a programme with four Young Creatives to explore and respond to ideas of identity, home, and belonging.

Across the course of a month Tobi will explore themes of hybrid identities and diaspora as someone separated from her homeland of Nigeria at a young age and has not yet returned. We will ask the four Young Creatives to respond to these themes and to develop new viewpoints within their practices by creating four new commissioned pieces of artwork. The final artworks will be exhibited across level G throughout April.



29 January: Application Deadline

8 February: Session 1 – Intro

17 February: Session 2 – evening sessions (6.30pm – 9pm)

22 February: Session 3 - evening sessions (6.30pm – 9pm)

1 March Session 4 - evening sessions (6.30pm – 9pm)

2 March – 22 March: Artists have time to work on pieces

23 29 March: Consultation time with Tobi

30 March: Final pieces to be done

31 March: Exhibition installation

1 – 30 April: Exhibition live


  • This programme takes place in-person only. Every effort will be made to support you to be able to attend wherever possible. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions about this.
  • The programme takes place in step-free spaces with accessible toilets on the same floor.
  • We do not have fragrance-free areas, though do encourage people to be mindful of how strong fragrances can affect others.
  • Some floors in the Barbican have non-gendered toilets (‘toilets with cubicles only’ and ‘toilets with cubicles and urinals’ – found on Level 1 and Level minus 2) and others do not (e.g., on Level G, minus 1, 3, and 4). All floors, from level G to level 4, have accessible toilets.
  • Please email [email protected] with any questions about access requirements.