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International work

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Situated at the heart of an international capital city, the Barbican aims to represent the vitality and diversity of London’s languages, cultures and stories.

International connections are central to the Barbican’s work and outlook; from our programme at the Centre that aims to bring the widest possible range of artists from across the world to London, to our touring exhibitions and productions that reach hundreds of thousands of people each year in cities all over the globe. 

We believe the arts have the power to transcend borders; celebrating what connects us as people and bringing new perspectives and outlooks to our stages, galleries and screens. 

Art Gallery

Partnerships with national and international museums and galleries

Barbican Art Gallery exhibitions showcase the work of outstanding artists, designers, photographers and architects, with exhibitions regularly delivered in partnership with national and international museums and galleries. Our programme of international touring sees Barbican Art Gallery exhibitions visit cities across the globe, while our programme in The Curve provides new commission opportunities for UK and international artists. 

Visual arts programme

Visual arts touring exhibitions

Barbican Art Gallery exhibitions currently touring are:

Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington: 19 November 2021 – 3 April 2022

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography 

FOMU, Antwerp: 22 Oct 2021 – 13 Mar 2022

Barbican International Enterprises

Wide-ranging international touring programme

Our Barbican International Enterprises department curates and develops exhibitions principally focused on contemporary culture, emerging technology and digital creativity. Often immersive and experiential, these major new shows travel internationally as part of a wide-ranging touring programme that spans several continents. 

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BIE Touring Exhibitions

Barbican International Enterprises' current and future tours are:

Virtual Realms: Videogames Transformed
ArtScience Museum, Singapore
12 Jun 2021 – 9 Jan 2022

Western Australia Museum, Perth
19 Mar 2022 – 22 May 2022

Melbourne Museum, Melbourne
22 Oct 2022 – 12 Mar 2023

AI: More than Human
World Museum, Liverpool
18 May 2021 – 31 Oct 2021

Game On
Forum Groningen, Groningen
1 Oct 2021 – 6 Mar 2022                      


International new releases, curated seasons and talks

Barbican Cinema presents the best international new releases, talks with filmmakers, major curated seasons and the presentation of the performing arts on screen. Our team of curators has developed relationships with film festivals, international distributors and arts and cultural institutes to ensure our programme remains at the forefront of global film culture.

Cinema programme


A family of international associates

Our boundary-pushing music programme cuts across all genres, including work by contemporary artists, experimental collaborations and visits from the world’s best orchestras and soloists. 

The Barbican works with a family of Resident and Associate ensembles, including International Orchestral Partner the Los Angeles Philharmonic, International Associate Ensemble Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court the Australian Chamber Orchestra. We also regularly connect world-class artists from our programme with students from our Creative Alliance Partner the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. 

Music programme

Theatre & Dance

International theatre, dance and performance

Our Theatre and Dance programme presents international theatre, dance and performance by auteurs, leading companies and emerging artists who are challenging the idea of what theatre can be. Many of our productions are co-commissioned with our international network of venues, companies and festivals, and we regularly co-produce new work that tours the world.

Theatre programme

Business Destination

A leading destination for business events

As one of the most iconic Brutalist buildings in the world, the Barbican offer a range of spaces that can be hired for conferences, AGMs, photoshoots, product launches, meetings and receptions. We regularly host international conferences and events and work on a global platform to promote the Barbican and London as a leading destination for business events. 

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An international network of supporters

Our growing network of Business Members view the Barbican as a global cultural hub from which they can engage with arts and culture to support their client, staff and stakeholder engagement aims. These Business Members, coupled with our international network of arts patrons, embassies and cultural institutes, generously support all aspects of our arts and learning programme.

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