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The New Brutal

Image of Barbican Brutalist Architecture by Anton Rodriguez

What influence does Brutalism have on craft?

In this series of workshops, tours and courses, we're looking at the influence of this 'like it or loathe it' architectural movement on a variety of disciplines; from photography and ceramics to writing and print. 


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Meet ceramicist Matt Raw

London-based ceramic artist Matt Raw talks us through his creative process as he leads a month–long course, specially put together for Make! The New Brutal

a beautiful black and white picture of the barbican when it was first being built

Building the Brutal

Photographer Peter Bloomfield was commissioned by the Barbican to document the final stages of building's construction. His beautiful images - which have never been shared with the public - capture the astonishing scale of the construction effort. 

Sculptural Ceramic Course

Brutal Textures

Create your own brutally beautiful ceramic sculpture in this month–long course led by artist Matt Raw.

The course kicks off with an Architecture Tour, where you can find inspiration in the many surfaces and textures of the Barbican Centre and estate. You'll spend the next three weeks developing your ideas across a collection of hand-rolled 'slabs' of clay; drying them, firing them and glazing them.

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About the artist

Course leader Matt Raw

Teaching is an integral part of Matthew Raw's practice, and he tutors at The Royal College of Art and Central St Martins. He exposes the immediate and tactile qualities of clay through ceramic workshops, and recent clients include The Design Museum, V&A East and The New Craftsmen. Matthew is also a former artist in resident at the V&A Museum (2015) and was awarded the Jerwood Makers Award in 2014. He is excited to be working at the Barbican Centre with this focussed, ambitious set of workshops.


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Architecture Tours

See the Barbican from a new perspective

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