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Young Barbican Nights: Masculinities

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Young Barbican Nights

Join us for our first online Young Barbican Nights event as we explore masculinity and what it means to be a man with an evening of performance, workshops and discussion.

Take part in online workshops asking the question, ‘what makes a man?’, watch performances from our young creatives and listen in to discussions from Voicebox Theatre and a panel of pioneering guest speakers, whose work in gender politics is making strides in the movement towards equality. This panel discussion is hosted by Ben Hurst with special guests, Char Ellesse, Jamie Windust and Fredi Beard. They'll be challenging and digesting views on gender representation in fashion and exploring how the industry is changing.

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography is open in our Art Gallery until Sunday 23 August. Booking is essential. 

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Artwork by Rebecca Lynes

How to watch?

Visit this page on Wednesday 19 August at 7pm, and click the 'Play' button on the image above. You'll be able to watch the Young Barbican Nights stream 'as live' on YouTube.

The stream will be available to watch on YouTube until Wednesday 26 August. 


7pm: Rethinking Masculinity by Voicebox

7.17pm: NOWNESS x Barbican - 'What makes a man'?

7.22pm: Illustration masterclass with Annie Lee

7.29pm: Understanding the impact with Voicebox

7.43pm: Masculinities Curator Tour - Reclaiming the Black Body

7.48pm: Introducing to the stage... Beau Jangles by Araba Aduah

7.55pm: The Masculinities Interior Audio Guide with Cosima Cobley Carr

8.03pm: Writing the Image with Annie Hayter

8.10pm: What's Next? By voicebox

8.20pm: Masculinities Curator Tour - Women on Men

8.25pm - Oh boy! Fashion and Gender - Panel Talk hosted by Ben Hurst with special guests, Char Ellesse, Jamie Windust and Fredi Beard

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

The Artists

The Panel

Young Creative

Applications for our young creative programmes will be opening soon.  Apply for Young Creatives and learn more about the programmes on offer.


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Watch: Curator Tour of Masculinities: Liberation through Photography

Take a walk around our exhibition with Barbican curator, Alona Pardo. In this full-length tour, you'll learn more about masculinity in its many forms through a range of photographs as we ask: what does it mean to be a man today?

Photo of three men sitting down answering people's questioning at a Q&A

Watch - Mandem Don't Cry: Epilogue

Watch media platform and collective, Mandem, answer young people’s questions on modern masculinity and how it relates to marginalised communities. 

image of a naked black man holding his knees to his chest

Listen: Masculinities playlist

We take a look at how musicians have dealt with the subject of masculinity to celebrate our upcoming exhibition Masculinities: Liberation through Photography.