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Our Time on Earth

We belong to an incredible ecosystem. One species among millions of others, striving to live together in a delicate balance.

It’s a vital connection, and one we can’t afford to lose. It’s time to look at our world – the natural world – in different ways.

Join us on an immersive exploration of radical ideas for the way we live. Where technology brings us closer to nature, and indigenous insight reconnects us to our roots. Enter the story of our future, with perspectives spanning art, science, activism – and more.

Imagine sitting down to eat, next to diners from other species. Commuting through a rewilded city, over a bridge made of roots. Immersing yourself in the magnificent underground world of soil.

Created with guest curators Caroline Till and Kate Franklin, discover dynamic responses to the climate emergency. Engage with our shared habitat like never before.

It’s Our Time on Earth. What are we going to do with it?

An exhibition conceived and curated by Barbican International Enterprises

Co-produced by Musée de la civilisation, Québec City, Canada

 

 

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Unwaged: £13
Students: £13
NHS staff: £13
Over 65s: £13
Over 65s (weekend) £18
Art Fund Members: £9
Under 14s: Free

Discounts are subject to availability. They cannot be combined to make greater savings. Please bring proof of discount status where possible.

Wheelchair spaces, free companion seats may now be booked online. 

Please select the relevant preferences on the access registration page during your booking so we can provide you with the correct information and discounts. 

Booking essential companion tickets: Please select at least two tickets and one of them will be automatically discounted to zero in the basket. 

Visitors with access requirements may be eligible for a concessionary price. Anyone requiring a personal assistant will be entitled to a free ticket for them.

Please contact [email protected] to book tickets, and for help planning your visit.

Find out more about our Access Membership scheme 

*Excludes £1.50 booking fee

Reviews

‘If there’s one word that sums up this exhibition it’s hope, and we could all use some of that right now‘
‘Innovative and mind-bending‘
‘Radical and hopeful‘
‘A rousing exhibition‘
‘Our Time on Earth is informative and inspiring, immersive and awakening. A must-see for all walks of life‘
‘An exhibition that balances the beauty of the earth and the urgency of the environmental crisis‘
‘This exhibition, although urgent, is fun‘

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Families

We recommend this exhibition for families with older children (7+) and teenagers who are curious about the planet. Kids under 14 go free.  Those aged 14 – 25 can join Young Barbican for free and get £5 tickets.

Under 5s can also play in the Squish Space and prams are allowed in the exhibition.

If your family has any additional needs, we are running some relaxed viewings, audio described tours and BSL tours which you can find on our events page.

Lastly, kids under 12 can get a free pizza in the Barbican Kitchen with every adult meal ordered. 

Members enjoy free entry to all exhibitions

Visit as much as you like and enjoy out of hours exhibition Lates. Members Plus can bring a guest every time they visit the Gallery, too.

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Schools

Join us with your school this summer on an interactive journey through ideas from around the world and the curriculum, with our latest exhibition about the climate emergency. The exhibition is free (Key Stages 1-3) and £3 per student (up to 19 years).

Download our free teacher handout to support your visit to Our Time on Earth

Bring Our Time on Earth into the classroom with our series of classroom resources that go further into specific artworks in the exhibition.

We are also offering exclusive school tours of the exhibition, and workshops with theatre-maker Hannah Calascione to tell a new story for planet earth. 

Please email [email protected]  for enquiries.

Sustainability Manifesto

Our Time on Earth gives us an opportunity to pilot new ways of sustainable working at the Barbican. Initiated and led by Guest Curators Caroline Till and Kate Franklin with support from Julie’s Bicycle, we have developed a set of guidelines for sustainable touring exhibitions and asked all our partners and collaborators to sign up to our sustainability commitment to ensure all involved in delivery of the exhibition are working to the highest possible environmental standards. We are developing this practice in collaboration with other departments as part of our five-year sustainability strategy that will be published in early 2022.

You can read the manifesto in full here.

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With thanks to:

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Italian Cultural Institute
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Norwegian embassy
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with special thanks to Professor Henrietta Moore

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