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Barbican announces new Director of Development

The Barbican has announced today that it has appointed Natasha Harris as its Director of Development. With responsibility for the international arts centre’s fundraising, Natasha will join the Barbican’s directorate in this newly created role.

Natasha brings a wealth of knowledge from the arts sector to the Barbican, most recently as Director of Development for The Old Vic where she has worked for eleven years. Prior to this Natasha held a number of roles at the Serpentine Gallery including Head of Development and Head of Individual Giving.

Dr Giles Shilson, Chairman of the Barbican Centre said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Natasha to the Barbican. Natasha’s excellent experience of high-value relationship development and income generation on behalf of leading arts venues will enable her to have a rapid impact at the Barbican, and we look forward to her growing and diversifying the Barbican’s fundraising.’

Emma Kane, Chairman of the Barbican Centre Trust said: ‘The Barbican Centre Trust raises vital funds to support the Barbican’s arts programme and Creative Learning work with schools, young people and our local community. Natasha’s incredibly strong knowledge and experience will be key as we continue our ambitious plans to grow the reach of our charity to help more people to access and engage with the arts.’  

Natasha Harris said: ‘I am thrilled to be joining the Barbican, an organisation that I have long admired. I look forward to bringing my wealth of experience across the visual and performing arts to lead the fundraising for this world-class arts and learning centre. It’s an exciting time to be leading the Development team to build upon their great work, and collaborate with the Board, my peers and artistic colleagues across the Barbican to support the extraordinary work that they deliver.’

The Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. In 2018/19 it hosted more than 4,000 arts and commercial events, attracted over a million ticket-buyers, and supported more than 22,000 people to access the arts through Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning programmes.