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Creative Careers

Workshops and opportunities

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Creative Careers are sessions aimed at those aspiring to work in the arts, creative industries or as creative entrepreneurs

If you're someone who works or wants to work in a creative industry, join us at our sessions that give you the chance to meet leading creatives and artists to discuss the state of the industry and how you can fit into it, shape it and make it work for you.

Creative Carerers is presented jointly by the Barbican Centre and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Sessions are announced regularly, so check back here or sign up to Young Barbican to keep updated. 

Creative Careers is open to all Young Barbican members and students at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Young Enterprise Lab

Young Enterprise Lab is a creative lab and community for emerging artists and creatives who are interested in developing their enterprise skills. Young Enterprise Lab will begin recruiting in spring 2020, alongside our annual series of Creative Careers open sessions for Young Barbican members. 

Participants in the Young Enterprise Lab will be supported by mentor Joseph Gray and the Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning team to hone and develop their creative ideas. Across the programme there will be opportunities for members of the group to pitch for seed funding for their business ideas, respond to live briefs and explore further pathways for formal training in entrepreneurship.   


Our previous session blogs

Connecting with your audience

This session, held at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Emily Berrington from Guildhall’s Creative Entrepreneurs programme blended drama and business. Through a range of exercises and games, they shared a series of techniques that can help young entrepreneurs make a good first impression.

Read about it

Demystifying The Fashion Shoot

What exactly goes on behind the scenes to create the glossy photograph you see in Grazia, or a brand’s latest Instagram story? Over an evening scattered with Ugly Betty references, three senior practitioners from Warehouse shared their stories and answered questions in order to clarify the process behind a fashion shoot, plus give tips on how to get a place on set.

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Finance for Freelancers

Dealing with your finances can be one of the most stressful parts of the job for creative freelancers. How do you know if you’re charging too much or too little? How do you politely chase an invoice? How do you write an invoice in the first place?

Consultant Remi Harris cleared it all up at a recent Creative Careers session as she gave an introduction to the financial side of being a freelancer.

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Hear from the musicians

Following a career as a musician can take many paths and can involve different outputs – from heartfelt self-expression to commercial methods of making ends meet.

At an intimate winter Creative Careers session, a panel of musicians from the worlds of rap, choir, classical, and song writing came together to give an honest and open take on how to succeed in the music industry.

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Curating an exhibition requires organisation, passion and a balance of commercial and artistic drive. But who has the right to decide what art is worthy of being looked at?

At a packed Creative Careers event, a panel of experts collected some thoughts on the purpose and power of curation.

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October networking

The Creative Careers team gathered theatre and film professionals together for a networking session with a difference. These practitioners all spoke about pieces of work they had in development, and spoke about their work and their experiences. 

This was followed by a casual hour of networking and swapping of lots of Twitter handles. Read about our speakers and their projects here.

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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


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Watch: Young Reviewers on Too Young for What

Is there a bit of Basquiat in all of us? Our Young Reviewers think so as they channelled their inner artists during 'Too Young for What', our day of free activities, art, workshops and performances inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat's creativity.

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Watch: BA Performance & Creative Enterprise at Guildhall

The Performance and Creative Enterprise degree at Guildhall is aimed at artists from a range of music and theatre backgrounds who want to develop their performance, production, collaboration and leadership skills for employment in the arts industry.

With thanks

Creative Careers is made possible through our generous supporters, who include City Bridge Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Barbican Patrons and donors to the Barbican Fund.