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Talks Programme

at Barbican OpenFest

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A place to listen, discuss and reflect in the Talks Lounge on level G all weekend.

Inspired by The Art of Change season, our current foyers installations, and the Barbican OpenFest programme we have a series of talks taking place across the weekend that look at how artists and practitioners shine a spotlight on the issues of today through their work, materials and commerce.

Hear from the artists, entrepreneurs and landscape experts that are sharing their work over the weekend, and making London more ‘green’ and kind in their own ways. From craftivism to bottling local history, produce and community, these talks explore how change is made by those who get their hands dirty.


1–2pm: Handmade here
2.15–3pm: Radical planting

12.30–1.30pm: A new happy hour
1.45–2.30pm: Parks and politics
4.45–5.45: Craft and Change

Tagged with: Free

Part of Barbican OpenFest

Handmade here

When was the last time you made or fixed something yourself? Can local access to space, tools, and communities for ‘making’ help us feel more connected to materials, made things and production processes? How can hands-on making help us to evaluate the everyday objects that make our lives?
With Tallie Maughan, founder of Turning Earth Ceramics, and Liz Corbin, researcher at the Institute of Making and co-founder of Open Workshop Network.

A new happy hour

We have two different east London drinks companies discuss what sets them apart from the crowd. From foraged fizz and community events, to E17 craft beer, these guys are doing things in a different way. Kathrin Böhm of Company Drinks and Jaega Wise of Wild Card Brewery.

Kathrin Böhm of Company Drinks and Jaega Wise of Wild Card Brewery

Parks and politics

Find out more about artist Gayle Chong Kwan’s The People’s Forest project; a two-year investigation into the history, politics, and people of London's ancient woodland, Epping Forest. Her sculptural work The Fairlop Oak is installed in the light well as you enter though Silk St entrance, as part of the Barbican’s foyers programme, and The People's Forest is on at the William Morris Gallery until 22 May. 

Gayle Chong Kwan in conversation with Steven Bode, Director of Film & Video Umbrella.

Craft and Change

What are the benefits of exploring creativity more in our day to day lives? Whether through artistic projects, sewing, making, cooking or otherwise. How can we channel the individual creativity some of us leave behind in childhood? 

And how can making and craft equip your activism, or challenge how you feel about yourself and others? 

With Designer Donna Wilson & activist and founder of Craftivist Collective, Sarah Corbett

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