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What we do

Photo of Station to Station smoke installation on the Barbican Lakeside

We’re London’s Creative Catalyst for arts, curiosity and enterprise

We spark creative possibilities and transformation for artists, audiences and communities – to inspire, connect and provoke debate. 

Our eclectic programme features the most exciting performers and artists in music, theatre, dance, the visual arts, cinema, and beyond. We work with artists at every stage of their career, supporting and fostering opportunities for ground-breaking new talent as well as promoting the work of world-class artists. 

Through our creative vision, we aim to create better access to the arts, increase representation and ensure the Barbican uses its unique position and platform to unleash the power of creativity in everyone.

We have plans to combine our exceptional arts programme with a sector-leading education programme for young people; provide the resources needed to support creative enterprises to flourish from within our building; and take artists on a journey from studio space to main stage, creating a talent pipeline that will help produce the next generation of UK artists.

Ethics policy

Modern Slavery Statement