Always open, always free
Everyone's journey starts on Level G. Experience free installations, commissions and events in our public spaces, whatever time you visit.
Following recent government guidance, we’ll be closing our doors until they say it’s safe to do so. We hope to welcome you back very soon.
Our building is currently closed.
Free events & performances
Ling Tan: Playing Democracy
Playing Democracy is a giant two player game of Pong, exploring the principles of democracy.
INSULAE [Of the Island]
A video installation by Nye Thompson contemplating the impact of island geography on national identity in the age of Brexit.
How We Live Now
An installation exploring two important social questions: who are our buildings and shared spaces for and how do they affect us?
Tangerine Dream: Zeitraffer
The exhibition is currently suspended due to COVID-19 - we hope to reopen the exhibition at a later date and will update this page with more information when available.
Yto Barrada: Agadir
For her first major London commission, artist Yto Barrada weaves together personal narratives and political ideals to create a complex portrait of a city and its people in a state of transition.
The Hull of a Large Ship
Five contemporary architects respond to the original Barbican plans.
A panel discussion with authors Teresa Thornhill & Daniel Trilling. Programmed in partnership with Verso.
The Price of Admission
A panel discussion with the English Cricket Board's Head of Strategy, Vikram Banerjee, and the Barbican's Head of Music, Huw Humphreys.
Alternate Realities: Terminal 3
Experience contemporary Muslim identities in the USA through the lens of an airport interrogation.
Alternate Realities: Members' Preview
Join us on the opening night of Alternate Realities and hear Asad J. Malik, creator of documentary Terminal 3, in conversation with Senior Producer Sidd Khajuria.
A Cinema for Listening
Drop into our 'cinema for listening' and get lost in a curated collection of audio works
Soundhouse: The Listening Body - Conversation No. 7
Enter into conversation with the radio in a collective listening session