Sound Unbound this weekend

The weekend-long classical music festival takes place 18-19 May and, for the first time, will be completely free. The festival features over 100 short performances in a relaxed festival atmosphere where informality is key. The concerts represent a myriad of different musical styles from across the ages and are performed by artists for whom the boundaries between classical music and contemporary, experimental and pop music have been blurred – or never existed in the first place. A Culture Mile event programmed by the Barbican, the festival will this year also explore unexpected spaces across … [Read more...]

Van Gogh & Japan

In cinemas nationwide from 4 June 2019 EXHIBITION ON SCREEN, the award-winning series that explores the biographies of history’s most revered artists, concludes its sixth season with Van Gogh & Japan, in cinemas nationwide from 4 June.  Van Gogh & Japan journeys from the critically acclaimed exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, to the beauty of Provence, and the enigma of Japan itself. Featuring Van Gogh’s personal letters and written accounts by friends and contemporaries this moving film reveals the story of Van Gogh’s deep connection to Japanese art, despite never … [Read more...]

Pretty Muddy pop-up spa

Race for Life has teamed up with The London School of Beauty & Make Up 18-19 Long Lane EC1A 9PL on Thursday May 23rd 12-6pm and Friday May 24th 12-7pm, creating a ‘Pretty Muddy pop-up spa’ to celebrate the season of Pretty Muddy events. No appointment slots will be given, and treatments will be allocated to visitors on a first come, first served basis. Visitors will have a taste of the prettier side of mud in a relaxing spa environment, unlike the usual muddy mayhem of the charity’s Pretty Muddy obstacle courses, which sees participants climb, crawl and slide their way through mud to … [Read more...]

‘Up for Grabs’ at CULT VISION

CULT VISION X Smith.Matthias X Amelia Graham: Interactive Window Display. CULT VISION offers a curated collection of original eyewear and a programme of installations by artists, designers and creatives. To coincide with the upcoming London Craft Week and Clerkenwell Design Week, our in-house creative technologists have designed a retro claw grabber to be be part of an interactive window display: ‘Up for Grabs’! Visitors are invited to test their skill at operating the retro claw grabber between the 1st of May – 1st of July 2019 at the Cult Vision store in Clerkenwell. Prizes to be … [Read more...]

If you love hats…

Unveiled – The Craft of Millinery Wednesday 8 - Friday 10 May London Craft Week returns to the capital for its fifth edition from 8-12 May 2019 and a stroke of luck gifted me an invitation to view an exhibition at The Artworkers Guild in Holborn featuring the diverse skills of some of our best milliners.  The focus is on their designs and skills, to give an insight into the particular workings and craftsmanship of each. Curated by leading milliners and Brothers of the Guild, Rachel Trevor Morgan, Edwina Ibbotson and Noel Stewart, the exhibition draws on their experience and knowledge to … [Read more...]

Garden waste trial – Barbican

The City of London Recycling Team ran a garden waste trial last year which came to an end in October 2018. We would like to thank residents for participating in this trial. At present, there is no garden waste collection. A new waste collection contract started at the beginning of April 2019 and we will use this opportunity to explore options to potentially provide a garden waste collection when practicable to do so. We will update you of the outcome in due course. If you have any garden waste you would like to dispose of, this can be taken to Tower Hamlets Reuse and Recycling Centre, … [Read more...]

Misbehaving bodies

Wellcome Collection presents ‘Jo Spence and Oreet Ashery: Misbehaving Bodies’, a major new exhibition opening in May 2019, which brings together two artists who explore the representation of chronic illness and experiences of care. Through their work, and an accompanying live programme, the exhibition foregrounds health diversity and challenges our understanding of ‘untypical’ bodies, reflecting on how illness can disrupt and shape the way we think about the body, family and identity. Influential photographer Jo Spence’s (1934–92) work documents her diagnosis of breast cancer and … [Read more...]

New Open Gardens evenings at the Charterhouse

The Charterhouse, the seven-acre historic site nestling between Barbican and Farringdon, is delighted to announce, due to overwhelming demand, a new series of Open Gardens evenings from May 2019.  On one evening a month from May to September, you will be able to wonder at your leisure through their beautiful series of private gardens, and enjoy an informal BBQ and bar hosted by the Head Chef of the Charterhouse. Advance booking is recommended as numbers are limited. Dates for the Open Gardens are 24th May, 5th June (coinciding with the National Garden Scheme), 12th July, 15th August, and … [Read more...]

Instagram Heaven

If you enjoyed the front cover image of Shakespeare Tower in our March issue of Barbican Life, then I'd just like to remind you that it was shot on a cellphone as part of the O2 Sessions photography masterclass (online and free) which teaches aspiring photographers the ins and outs of smartphone photography. I met up with Neil Andrews who, inspired by our Barbican Estate, tutored the session which focused on Angles & Perspective. Neil is one of the new and fascinating professional Instagrammers we all hear about these days and we're lucky because his love of the Barbican Estate means we … [Read more...]

Le Cellar Wine Club

Tuesday 26th March is the next Wine club meeting at Le Cellar, 130 St John Street, London EC1V 4JS This time is all about WHITE GRAPES. Try some wine, talk & learn about wine, try more wine. Educational and sociable. 6.30pm or 8.15pm start £35 Limited availability, booking required. Email: Tel: 0207 689 9115 … [Read more...]