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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.

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Online Exhibition


Young Visual Arts Group 2020/21

An online and free exhibition featuring works by 14 emerging artists, all members of our Young Visual Arts Group.

Working virtually together since November 2020, the group have made works that make sense of the world today and how we got here, bringing us together as we look forward to the future. The works presented include film, photography and textile alongside participatory community projects. Regenerate also includes writings from the artists and a public programme of events to further explore the ideas behind the exhibition.

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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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Watch: Celebrating 10 Years of Creative Learning

When we create, we add something new that didn't exist in the world before that moment. 

Learn more about the work and impact of Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning as we celebrate our 10 year anniversary in 2019. 

With thanks

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