News from around the Barbican

Untangling the Tracks exhibition to open at London Transport Museum

Opens to the public on Friday 24 May in the heart of Covent Garden, London. London Transport Museum and the Thameslink Programme have teamed up to bring visitors a display which traces the history of the Thameslink route from 1866 through to the recent £7bn modernisation programme which has transformed the route and untangled the tracks. Visitors will be able to see architectural models of the rebuilt London Bridge station and Blackfriars station – which spans the Thames with its array of solar panels across the entire roof, and the Borough Viaduct – an exciting engineering addition 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...]

Barbican-based coming-of-age film

‘Soundtrack to Sixteen’ is a quirky coming-of-age film about growing up in London in the noughties. It is set in the Barbican and at Queen’s College London. It is being featured on the opening night of the London Independent Film Festival Soundtrack to Sixteen was filmed by Anna-Elizabeth and Hillary Shakespeare back in 2013 when Hillary had just graduated from University and Anna-Elizabeth was just about to start. The film was based on their child/teenagehoods so it was really fitting to film it in all the places that were important to them and where they had so many memories. But … [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...]

Real Nappy Cashback Scheme

Eight million disposable nappies are thrown away every day - that's an incredible three billion each year! The Recycling Team is pleased to offer parents who live within the City of London the chance to receive up to £54.15 cash-back towards the cost of purchasing real nappies or using a real nappy laundry service. Why choose real nappies over disposables? Save money…The average baby gets through 5,000 disposable nappies from birth until being potty trained, which costs parents between £700 and £1,000! Research shows parents could save anywhere from £150 to well over £1000 by using real … [Read more...]