Young creatives

Young Curators

Archive photo of the Barbican during construction

A free eight month programme to help you develop your skills in archiving and curation. 

Our Young Curators group presents an exciting opportunity to learn about archives and curation in the context of the Barbican Art Centre and the Guildhall School of Music. The Young Curators group will work from November 2018 to June 2019 alongside the Barbican’s Laying the Foundations Heritage Lottery Funded project which will unpack and explore the potential of our archive. 

The Young Curators group will work with archivists, curators and mentors from across Barbican and the Guildhall School to explore the archive, and then work together to create and commission new work that responds to the archive. This is an exciting opportunity to gain experience in working with archives and collections, while also feeding into the share of our future archive.

The Young Curators group will work together over the course of 10 sessions between November 2018 and June 2019. Sessions will take place on weekday evenings (7-9pm) and occasional Saturdays (11-3). 

Applications are now closed. To hear about more opportunities to develop your creativity, join Young Barbican now. Young Barbican is free and for anyone aged 14–25

Join Young Barbican

Be there when it happens with discounted access to unmissable art and entertainment as well as events and creative opportunities for 14-25 year olds


Illustration of the Barbican

Watch: Barbican, 1969 - from London Metropolitan Archives

This film from the London Met Archives, documents the development scheme for a residential area in the City following the destruction of the area after World War II and the start of building works in the Barbican. 

From the Archive: Barbican Guides

As we start to build a Barbican Archive, we uncovered every edition of the Barbican Guide. Documenting the range of events we've hosted since we first opened in March 1982, browse the first year of our monthly guide.

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