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Photo of people from Drum Works laughing at Walthamstow Garden Party

We nurture relationships with our local communities to improve everyone's access to the arts

‘[the Barbican] allows our clients to focus on constructive areas of their lives and taking part in this project enables us to build lasting and meaningful relationships with our clients‘
Project Manager, St. Mungo's

Creative Citizens

Creative Citizens with the Barbican and the London Borough of Waltham Forest

 The Creative Citizens programme launched in January 2018. The programme is produced by Beyond Barbican in partnership with the London Borough of Waltham Forest thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England through the Great Place Scheme.

The Creative Citizen Fellowship builds on the Barbican and LBWF’s pioneering partnership model between a leading international arts centre, a local authority and a local community. It is developed in conjunction with the jointly produced Walthamstow Garden Party and takes inspiration from both the Walthamstow Garden Party programme and the ideas and writings of its celebrated host, the late textile designer William Morris.


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Become an ambassador and represent the Barbican in your community

Our Ambassadors are incredible people, aged 16+ who are actively engaged with their community and want to bring more opportunities to the people in it. 

By becoming a Barbican Ambassador you will promote the Barbican and the work we develop in east London to diverse community groups, children’s centres, schools, public libraries and community organisations – especially those who haven’t heard of the Barbican before.

The Ambassadors work together to identify potential community partnerships and encourage local engagement with the Barbican, to ensure that everyone can have access to a world class art and learning offer.

We are not currently recruiting Ambassadors but sign up to our Creative Learning newsletter and get information our programmes and opportunities. 

Drum Club

Play Drum Works beats and learn drumming technique at Tuesday evening Drum Club sessions.

Whether you’re an experienced musician or a complete beginner, Drum Club is an opportunity to learn new skills and make some music in a friendly, supportive environment.

Led by leaders and tutors from Barbican artistic associate Drum Works, weekly sessions include working on drumming technique, learning some of the project’s core rhythms and writing new material. The band perform at their own events and join in with the school ensembles for our en-masse performances at summer festivals.

Drum Club meets at the Barbican on Tuesday evenings, 6.30–8.15pm, and is open to anyone over 18 regardless of musical experience.

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