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The Art of Change

At a time of significant national and international uncertainty, our 2018 annual theme explores how the arts respond to, reflect and potentially effect change in the social and political landscape. Discover more with articles, podcasts and our regular video series throughout the year.

The Art of Change: Community – Richard Dixon Wheatley

Filmmaker Richard Dixon Wheatley responds to 'community' in a short film featuring spoken word artist Jolade Olusanya.
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Curator’s picks: three photographs by Vanessa Winship

Assistant curator Thomas Kennedy unpacks the story behind some of Vanessa Winship's photographs
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Subject to Change: ‘Bun Babylon!’ by Anita Barton-Williams

For June’s poem, Anita Barton-Williams shares a personal reflection on her heritage in light of the Windrush scandal
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Curator’s picks: Dorothea Lange’s ‘Migrant Mother’

Assistant curator Jilke Golbach on Dorothea Lange’s ‘Migrant Mother’
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The Art of Change – Climate Change: Sois de Traca

Filmmaker duo Sois de Traca imagine an alternative reality to tackle the theme of climate change
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Subject to Change: ‘Homesick’ by Eleanor Penny

Each month, our Young Poets write & perform a poem in response to the month. In May, we introduce Eleanor Penny
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Spirit of Change: The Transform Pit Party

We talk to Transform's creative director Amy Letman & some of the artists about what the Spirit of Change means to them
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The Art of Change – Finding Your Voice: Bertil Nilsson

Can art help you find your voice? Director Bertil Nilsson discusses the making of his short film on our Young Creatives
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In conversation: Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante and George the Poet

Michael 'Mikey J' Asante and George the Poet share their thoughts on art, creativity and community.
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Changing perceptions of Juliet

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s latest production highlights just how relevant Shakespeare’s writing still is.
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Designing Nevertheless She Persisted

We speak to the illustrator behind our 'Nevertheless She Persisted' cinema campaign to find out more about her work
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Subject to Change: ‘Did You Pack Your Own Bags’ by Kareem Parkins-Brown

Each month, our Young Poets write & perform a poem in response to the month. In April, we introduce Kareem Parkins-Brown
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The Art of Change: Disability – Jenny Jokela

Animator Jenny Jokela shares the story of paraclimber, Anoushé Husain, discussing difference, confidence and resilience.
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Subject to Change: ‘Hunger Strike’ by Laurie Ogden

Each month, our Young Poets write and perform in response to the month. This month, we introduce Laurie Ogden
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Barbican Youth Panel on Boomhouse

Our Youth Panel reflects on their latest work, BoomHouse, created in response to Basquiat: Boom for Real
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The Art of Change – Feminism: Helen Plumb

Filmmaker Helen Plumb explores a woman's decision of whether or not she should embrace her body hair in public
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Subject to Change: ‘I’m Rooting For Everybody Black’ by Jeremiah ‘Sugar J.’ Brown

Each month, our Young Poets write and perform a poem in response to the month. This month, we introduce Jeremiah Brown
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The Art of Change – DIY: Jon Oldmeadow

We're moving to the margins in a documentary short by Jon Oldmeadow with performance collective, Figs in Wigs
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Celebrating Jazz’s ‘Coming Out’ Party

Kevin Le Gendre looks at the wider cultural and political significance of Benny Goodman’s momentous 1938 concert.
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Subject to Change: ‘Honey’ by Katie Hale

Each month, our Young Poets will write and perform a poem in response to the month. First up, Katie Hale with 'Honey'
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Introducing the Barbican Youth Panel

Barbican Youth Panel members Glenys Johnson and Eloise Poulton talk about their time on the panel so far
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The Art of Change – Censorship: Amanda Eliasson

The first in a series of films, animator Amanda Eliasson explores censorship in her short film, 'Square Face'
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Can the arts change the world?

One of the most fundamental questions when thinking about the value of the arts is: do they really make a difference?
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The Art of Change in 2018

How does the role of artists and the arts help bring about change? See highlights from our 2018 season
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