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Young Visual Arts Group

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Take advantage of all the art on offer at the Barbican and develop your approach to and understanding of visual art within a group that shares your passion.

The Barbican Young Visual Arts Group is for anyone between 16 and 25 who loves the visual arts. It doesn’t matter if you know your Koons from your Kandinsky or your Modernism from your Materialism, this programme will broaden your artistic horizons in the context of a leading international arts centre.

You will take part in a series of evening and weekend sessions with arts industry mentors who will introduce you to how the Barbican works as an arts centre, and will help you develop your artistic practice alongside gaining valuable experience in exhibition curating, programming, marketing and project management. Working together, the group will draw inspiration from our visual arts programme to curate your own showcase.

Applications for 2020/21 are closed.

You must be a Young Barbican member to apply. Sign up now for free to Young Barbican

It All Comes Down: 2019/2020 Showcase

As part of It All Comes Down, the Young Visual Arts Group 2019/2020 online showcase, the group are sending invitation packages to the first 200 people who complete the form below.

From the Young Visual Artists:

'If the show had taken place at the Barbican we would have given you posters, a publication, a drink... Instead, our mail-out will be a way of recapturing the interactive feel of in-person exhibitions, as well as a gift from us to you; as a thank you for supporting our work. 

If you're too late to receive a mail-out, you will still receive something in the post. Make sure you follow us on instagram (@itallcomesdown_) and enter your handle in the form below. We want to interact with you as much as possible! We'll be doing 50 shout-outs on our Instagram Stories - complete with a personalised arty surprise - so enter your handle below and become part of our conversation.'


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

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‘You can immerse yourself in all the varying forms of art, be part of a really friendly group and develop ideas you wouldn’t have the materials or opportunity to otherwise‘
Past Participant
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With thanks

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Young Visual Arts Group is supported by Arts Council England and City Bridge Trust.