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Creative Careers

Workshops, opportunities and resources

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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 Careers 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.

Creative Careers: Researcher Open Call

Creative Careers: Researcher Open Call

Open Call

Are you between 14-25 years old and interested in helping us shape how we support young creatives or those looking to get into the creative field? 

As we reflect on what has been a really challenging 18 months for many artists and creatives, we’re now thinking about what comes next. How can arts institutions better support budding creatives and help set them up for the future?  We're looking for Young Barbican members to help us develop the 2022 Creative Careers programme.

Deadline Mon 22 Nov.

Find out more and apply now. 

Creative Careers Online

Session 1: How've You Really Been?

With Stephanie McLaren-Neckles, Swarzy Macaly, Hayel Watenburg and DJ Amadness

With our doors temporarily closed, we're bringing Creative Careers online, to help keep you feeling creative and engaged. In this first session, we explore how creatives have been adapting to challenges faced due to Covid-19, shout about fellow creatives whose work has impressed them recently, and look forward to what the future might hold. 

Featuring Stephanie McLaren-Neckles, director of community engagement agency, twenty%extra and co-founder of Let’s Be Brief; presenter Swarzy Macaly; Hayel Watenburg, co-founder of Word on the Curb, and musician, DJ Amadness.


Session 2: Being Real Online

Curated by Karimah Hassan and James Kite

We invited two artists from the Young Barbican network, Karimah Hassan and James Kite, to curate and facilitate a project with fellow Young Barbican collaborators, selected by them. They explored the theme of ‘being real online’, with each artist creating an artistic response to one of six topics, sharing their process and learnings along the way. 

Through creating remotely and online, the importance of kindness and care in collaboration is clear to see; something for us all to take forward into the future.


Session 3: Proper Leaders

In our third Creative Careers project, Proper Leaders, we’ve once again collaborated with some powerful voices from across the cultural landscape, this time asking three game-changing young leaders - Shannie Mears, Keturah Cummings and Ellie Pennick - to share some reflections on their pasts, their presents and their futures.


Session 4: 2021 Energy

For this Creative Careers session, we wanted to do things a little differently and make space on our platform to amplify the voices of Justice for Black Lives, an organisation we think are making a difference in the fight against racism and inequality. We hope that, through sharing the perspectives of some of the members of Justice for Black Lives, we are able to spark genuine debate and reflection amongst young people who wish to develop a career in the creative industry.


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 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.   


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

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.