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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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‘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‘


See more art for less

Visit upcoming exhibitions including Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art, Francis Alÿs, again & again, for free


Join us with your school on an interactive journey through ideas from around the world and the curriculum, with our recent exhibition about the climate emergency. 

Download our free teacher handout for 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.

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.

With thanks to:

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Italian Cultural Institute
kingdom of the netherlands
Norwegian embassy
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with special thanks to Professor Henrietta Moore

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