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Young Barbican Night: Rebel Rebel

Artist Soheila is standing at her workstation in a blue apron and a paintbrush in her hand. On the wall behind are shelves with paint bottles.

Enjoy after-hours access to our latest exhibition Rebel Rebel, performances from Young Poets and an special tempera painting workshop led by Soheila Sokhanvari

Enjoy an evening celebrating and exploring the work of Iranian-British artist Soheila Sokhanvari, who has transformed the Curve into a devotional space, accompanied by a soundtrack composed by Marios Aristopoulos featuring songs by iconic Iranian singers from the period.

On the evening take a tour through the Curve to see exquisite miniature portraits of glamorous cultural figures from Iran alongside large sculptures and dancing holograms. Enjoy performances inside the Curve from Young Poets who have been inspired by the themes of the exhibition. In the Level G Studio, get involved in pattern and painting workshops using traditional egg tempera techniques taught by Soheila Sokhanvari.

Programme and performers

Inside the Curve Gallery

19:00 - Guided Tour by Tobi Alexandra Falade
19:30 - Poetry performance by Poppy Medenis
19:40 - Poetry performance by Corey P.
19:50 - Poetry performance by Christy Ku
20:00 - Poetry performance by Rachel Cleverly

20:00 - Guided Tour by Tobi Alexandra Falade
20:20 - Poetry performance by Poppy Medenis
20:30 - Poetry performance by Corey P.
20:40 - Poetry performance by Christy Ku
20:50 - Poetry performance by Rachel Cleverly


Inside the Level G Studio

19:15 - 20:00 - Tempera Painting workshop led by Soheila Sokhanvari
20:15 - 21:00 - Tempera Painting workshop led by Soheila Sokhanvari

Please note spaces are limited for the workshops and are given on a first come first served.

Artists Bios

Soheila Sokhanvari is a British-Iranian artist, whose multimedia practice explores contemporary political landscapes with a focus on pre-revolutionary Iran.

Tobi Alexandra Falade is a curatorial trainee at Barbican and iniva where she supports the curatorial department on exhibitions including Shilpa Gupta: Sun at NightSoheila Sokhanvari: Rebel Rebel and Alice Neel: Hot Off The Griddle. She is also co-founder of Platform Black, a community highlighting the work of black creatives, and is a visual artist.

Young Poets Bios

image of poet Christy who is standing outside with the sun glaring into the camera. Christy has long black hair and is wearing a black jacket with white tshirt.

Christy Ku

Christy Ku is a poet, performer and workshop facilitator. She has worked with organisations including the BBC, Sky Arts, Museum of London, Apples & Snakes and the Barbican on projects such as poetry films, spoken word tracks and theatre shows. 

She was recently featured on BAFTA award winning show ‘Life and Rhymes’. Christy  is an alumna of the Barbican Young Poets, National Youth Theatre and New Earth Actors Academy, and is a BBC 1Xtra’s Words First 2019 winner. Christy has been published in numerous anthologies with publishers including PanMacmillan, Own It! Publishing, and Magma Poetry. Christy founded BESEA Poets, a platform for British based East and South-East Asian poets. She is also the co-host and editor of the TeaTotal podcast. 

Christy is currently working on her debut poetry pamphlet. She was once rejected from having a poem baked onto 200 loaves of bread.

Corey is standing in front of a poster board

Corey P.

Corey.P. is a poet, actor and facilitator. Corey’s poetry has been commissioned and/or published by the likes of The BBC, The National Theatre, National Youth Theatre, Lyrix Organix and Barbican Centre.

As an actor, his most recent roles have been Anthony, one of the principal roles in Alexander Zeldin’s Faith, Hope and Charity at The National Theatre, and Philford in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe.

He’s the reigning champion of the National Youth Theatre Spoken Word Competition, he was the only poet selected for the ‘Stars Over The Forest’ event at the 2018 Hightide Festival and he’s the voice of ‘Flip’ on BBC Radio 4.  He’s also an alumni of Barbican Young Poets, BBC Words First and The Roundhouse Poetry Collective. 

He's on track to releasing his debut poetry pamphlet very soon. Watch this space. 

Poet Poppy: Female with blonde hair playing guitar and speaking into a mic

Poppy Medenis

Poppy Medenis, the centre of her interest is how to make art more accessible, she is currently exploring whether a poem needs to be written down - can it exist in the spoken word, conversation, or song? Poppy is most inspired by the poets that haven’t been named as so, and her purpose is to encourage people to celebrate and tap into their voice, using the arts to bring people together in community of loving kindness.  

Instagram: @rayofpoppy

Rachel is standing in a conservatory in front of a microphone

Rachel Cleverly

Rachel Cleverly is a poet and producer. She is a Barbican Young Poet, an Old Vic Theatre Maker and an alumnus of Apples and Snake's 'The Writing Room' and BBC Words First.

Rachel has an MA in Creative Writing from UEA, and has been published by The North, Poetry Wales, SPAM, The Feminist Library, Ink, Sweat & Tears and flipped eye press among others, and has been shortlisted for the UEA New Forms Award and Winchester Poetry Prize. Rachel works as an Education Officer at The Poetry Society, where she manages the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award.

Instagram and Twitter: @rachel_cleverly