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The Art of Change Shorts
With a riot of colour - and a stunning portrait of the Barbican - filmmaker Lexi Kiddo responds to this month's theme, LGBT, through dance and spoken word.
In response to the idea of ‘Community’, Richard Dixon Wheatley presents a short film, DYSTOPIA, featuring spoken word artist Jolade Olusanya, exploring the issues that face the sprawling communities of London.
Manchester-based duo Sois de Traca’s animated film imagines an alternative reality scenario and tackles the frightening themes of animal extinction, pollution, and climate change.
Director Bertil Nilsson meets three of the Barbican Young Creatives, Leon, Cleo and Georgia, to find out how creating art has helped them define their creativity and use their voice.
Illustrator and animator Jenny Jokela shares the story of paraclimber, Anoushé Husain as she talks about the concept of difference, confidence and reslience.
The first in a series of new short films, animator Amanda Eliasson explores 'Censorship' in her hand-painted animation, Square Face.
Subject to Change
For July’s poem, Annie Hayter reflects on the relationship between sexual abuse and denial, in the wake of recent revelations.
For June’s poem, Anita Barton-Williams shares a personal reflection on her heritage in light of the Windrush scandal.
Our April poem comes from Kareem Parkins-Brown, as he performs his poem, 'Did You Pack Your Own Bags?'. Read our interview with Kareem for more about his poem and how poetry can be a powerful vehicle for change.
Our March poem comes from Laurie Ogden, as she performs her poem, 'Hunger Strike', inspired by the treatment of women detained at Yarl’s Wood. Read our interview with Laurie for more about her poem.
Our February poem comes from Jeremiah 'Sugar J.' Brown , as he performs his poem, 'I'm Rooting for Everybody Black'. Read our interview with Jeremiah for more about his poem and how poetry can be a powerful vehicle for change.
For August’s poem, Bella Cox considers what it means to be both a global and a British citizen.
Browse events from The Art of Change season
Across Cinema, Music, Theatre, Visual Art and our learning programmes, we’ll be presenting work that focuses on changing times – how artists have shone a spotlight on the issues of their day; changing perceptions – giving a platform to communities underrepresented in the arts world; and changing society now – how artists are dealing with current issues, seeking to engage audiences and inspiring people to take action.
See how artists respond to, reflect and potentially effect change in the social and political landscape in our 2018 season
How can the arts respond to change? Discover more from our 2018 annual theme as we engage with change through regular articles, podcasts and our monthly video series throughout the year.
Girls can, do and will
During the recent world-wide women’s marches, many young girls had their first experience of campaigning and protest, some of them learning for the first time about the continued fight for gender equality, how it is relevant to their lives, and that it's not something relegated to the past.
Given this, and inspired by the Girlguiding Girls Attitudes survey, Girls can, do and will is a creative and participatory event for Brownies and Guides, who will work with a range of artists, musicians, writers, and performers at the Barbican Centre. They’ll explore how art and culture can influence, affect and enhance the cause for gender equality and talk about what matters to them. Afterwards they will be able to undertake their own social action projects for which they will receive a new Girlguiding London & South East England and Barbican badge designed by a leading artist.
In partnership with Girlguiding London and South East England.
Sky Arts Art 50
Sky Arts has launched Art 50 in partnership with the Barbican, Sage Gateshead and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, to support and commission new work that engages with ideas around our current and future national identity. Current projects supported by Art 50 include:
- Art 50: Barbican Public Spaces Commission
- Unexploded Ordnances (UXO)
- Youth Manifesto Project: Imagining the arts centre of the future
- Told By an Idiot: Let Me Play the Lion Too
Acclaimed UK theatre-makers, Told by an Idiot, use their trademark working practices to tackle the lack of diversity on stage in Britain today and affect change in the wider arts infrastructure. In an intensive two week residency in The Pit a group of twelve performers, six of whom have a disability, work with Told by an Idiot to devise a new piece of improvised performance, Let Me Play the Lion Too.
Foyer commission and talks: March–June 2018
Who makes and consumes art? Who works in the arts? How do they get in, and get on?
These questions form the basis of a research project led by sociologists from the Universities of Edinburgh and Sheffield, investigating artistic, workforce and audience inequalities within the creative economy and arts & cultural sector.
The Barbican is partnering with Create London and Arts Emergency to share the outcome of these investigations with the sector and wider public – through an artist commission for our public spaces and by sharing a series of concise working papers published online.
Panic! 2018 is a continuation of a nationwide survey and events programme in 2015.
Tuning into Change
A Youth Manifesto for the Arts
42 young creatives from London, Los Angeles, Gateshead, Scotland and Bristol have created Tuning into Change: A Youth Manifesto for the Arts.
A Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning project, the Manifesto was launched on the 4 May at an open rehearsal in the Barbican Hall featuring world-renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel, members of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2018 Barbican residency.
The Tuning into Change project brought young creatives together at workshops over a period of six months to determine what the arts can offer young people and the role that young artists can play to create lasting change in our uncertain world. The young people's fourteen point Manifesto and accompanying 89 page publication explores how young people can effect change at different levels, from the individual to the global across society through the arts.