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Say Something/Do Something

Creatives respond to Agadir at Barbican OpenFest

Young people look at art

Drawing inspiration from Yto Barrada’s Agadir we’ve curated two days of talks, drop in workshops and activities that explore the concept of reinvention and the future of the arts

Agadir is a dramatic installation currently in the Curve till 20 May that encompasses a mural, film commission, sculptures, and a series of live and recorded performances. Barrada’s work considers how a city and its people might address the process of reinvention, taking inspiration from the starting point of a surreal text by Mohammed Khaïr-EddineAgadir  (1967) which reflects on the devastating earthquake of 1960 that destroyed much of the modernist Moroccan city. 

Through two events our Barbican young creatives, as well as creative industry leaders, will respond to this exhibition and theme, in the context of building a future for the arts, over two days at Barbican OpenFest with Say Something/Do Something.

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Say Something

Say Something : Future Arts Triage 
Saturday 17 March – 5–8pm

Are we headed for utopia or disaster? Join us for a Creative Careers taster session exploring the future of the arts. Enter our arts triage centre for the chance to speak to mentors and creative industries insiders for one-to-one advice and inspirational chats. Join a conversation about the future of art and contribute to a woven installation that reflects your vision of the arts today.

Come along to this open-doors advice centre featuring: founder and director of Bechdel Test Fest Corrina Antrobus, journalist and editor Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, fashion and policy expert Sarah Ditty, development exec Kate O’Hara, actress, director, producer & theatre maker Chetna Pandya, creative director Torri Stewart, artist John Walter (Shonky, Alien Sex Club). Our mentors are here to provide advice and have frank conversations about the future of the arts. 

Do Something

Do Something:  The Future is Now
Sunday 18 March– 12–6pm

Drawing inspiration from Agadir and our Say Something session, take part in a series of arts workshops and activities that explore reinvention and the idea of a future arts utopia. This series of drop in workshops and activities will be programmed by Barbican young creatives but are suitable for visitors of all ages.   

Activities include zine making, surreal writing workshops, weaving, storytelling and other hands on workshops. Featuring work from Pietro Bardini, Cosima Cobley Carr, Georgia Cottington & Naomi Howell-Sivosh, Maisie Linford, Phoebe Nightingale and Ellen O’Donoghue Oddy.

Workshops and sessions at Do Something

In the Members Lounge

Zines 101
Join writer, artist and illustrator Phoebe Nightingale for a workshop that explore the history of zine making, before designing, making, and distributing your own zine.

12.30pm & 3pm

Surreal Cities: writing workshop   
Join Ellen O’Donoghue Oddy for a creative writing workshop that brings Manifesto of Surrealism (1924) by André Breton into the digital world. Using Google Maps and Breton's methods, participants will write a surrealist story of the city. The workshop is open to anyone at any stage of writing and is not restricted to a specific form of writing (fiction, poetry etc.).

2pm & 4pm


On Level 1

Future Weaving
Georgia Cottington and Naomi Howell-Sivosh ask, 'What do you want for the future of the arts?' Have your say, and contribute to a growing woven installation that doubles as a self-generating infographic. Discover a joint vision for what art and design should be.

Drop in

Storytelling by the fireplace           
Join Pietro Bardini for an engrossing storytelling session that explores the tumultuous history of the Italian aircraft manufacturer Officine Meccaniche Reggiane. Inspired by Agadir, this fireplace storytelling will blend history, fiction and performance.

1pm, 3pm & 5pm

Map for the Future
Join artist/curator Maisie Linford in a workshop that uses Agadir as a springboard for examining past, place and future. In drop in processes Maisie will facilitate a series of creative activities and provocations, the results of which will be captured in a collaboratively produced digital publication

Drop in

Rebuild: From Wreckage to Home Again
Take part in a workshop of discussion and making that explores how new worlds are constructed out of societal or personal crises. Join Cosima Cobley Carr in a creative exploration of future worlds, using a mix of text, found objects and unusual materials. Create a work to take home or contribute to an ever-changing showcase of work. 

1pm, 2.30pm, 3pm & 4.30pm


Members Lounge, Level 1