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An Thamerson painting/collage
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Postwar Modern: Artist Spotlight

Curatorial Assistant Michal Goldschmidt introduces four artists from the exhibition: Anwar Jalal Shemza, Franciszka Themerson, Kim Lim and Shirley Baker. Drawing from their own writings, she shines a light on their life and work.

illustration of a green trumpet, pink drum set and a brown guitar with two peoples faces
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We invited multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Rachel Aggs to write about Highlife music.

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Our time capsule

To mark 40 years since we first opened our doors, we've created a digital time capsule. What's inside? Only one way to find out...

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Introducing Isamu Noguchi

Assistant Curator at The Noguchi Museum in New York, Kate Wiener introduces the life and work of Japanese American sculptor, Isamu Noguchi, drawing from Noguchi’s autobiographical writings and documents from The Noguchi Museum Archives.

a man and a woman lie in bed next to each other talking
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ScreenNotes: Watermelon Man

Barbican Cinema curator Matthew Barrington, explores the history behind this classic of 70s African American cinema, directed by legendary director, Melvin Van Peebles.

Brightly coloured illustration with swirls
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From Art Brut to Outsider Art

A Little History of Art Beyond the (So-Called) Mainstream - Charlotte Flint explores the origins of Dubuffet’s phrase ‘Art Brut’, its impact on art history, the different artists whose work he collected, alongside the importance of ‘Art Brut’ today.

photo of annie hayter standing in front of a wall
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Barbican Young Poets Showcase 2019/20

The Barbican Young Poets cohort of 2020 was due to present a showcase at the Barbican just before COVID-19 changed everyday life and the ability to commune together safely in person. 

photo of hector dyer in front of a brick wall, smiling at the camera
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Subject to Change: New Horizons / Hector Dyer's 'the sun sets'

This month, Young Creative Hector Dyer presents 'the sun sets' in collaboration with Jemima Yong, inspired by 'Operation Moonshot', the leaked document in the British Medical Journal in which the UK government planned to carry out 10m rapid Covid tests a day by early 2021.