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Real Quick is the Barbican’s new platform for rapid responses to the state of the world, encouraging artists and audiences to explore ideas and issues at moments when it feels urgent to do so.  This platform aims to become an outlet for the energy which so often stems from moments of political, social and cultural change.  Find out about upcoming events in the series via this page or on twitter by following @BarbicanCentre or #RealQuick.

Artistic Director Rob Drummer:

“We’re really excited to be spending a year working with the Barbican on Real Quick alongside Gal Dem and Verso books. Having the opportunity to test new ways to open up public buildings to new and young adult audiences is vital to ensure that culture is a relevant and representative part of teenagers lives. We’ll be experimenting a lot and putting co-creating with artists and young people at the heart of all activity”

Illustration: Sophie Brampton @sophierosebrampton

Self image, self love, selfie

Boundless Theatre and ArtsSisterhood are throwing a collaborative and DIY art therapy workshop for women. This workshop-meets-feminist forum will explore personal experiences of the male gaze in 2019

Put paintbrush to paper and get creative with others to explore and reject the male gaze, in this Draw & Discuss workshop. You will contribute to a communal work exploring questions such as, how would you want to be seen if you were a painting in a gallery? And how do you want to be seen by the world?

Art galleries, films and music videos are full of female bodies and nudes. So why is it that often when a woman takes a selfie, it’s seemingly much easier to be judged, edited or censored? When simply expressing yourself in a public or online space can be considered grounds for objectification, how do you push to define yourself on your own terms?

Part of Real Quick, the Barbican’s new platform for rapid responses to the state of the world. A series of talks, performance, and creative experiments tackling current affairs and recent events.

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We Watch Youth Culture

A conversation about youth culture on our stages, pages and screens by a panel of young adult critics.

Three cultural commentators, Maya McFarlaneShay Awoyemi and Cleo Thompson, spent a week seeing, watching and reading art and culture from around London.

They then met at the Barbican to discuss what they’d seen with a live audience; what’s exciting, what’s missing  and what youth culture in the UK means now.

Chaired by Rob Drummer, Artistic Director of Boundless Theatre

This event is part of Real Quick, the Barbican’s new platform for rapid responses to the state of the world.

 

Ideas

Real Quick – Maya Watches Youth Culture
31 October 2018

As part of our We Watch Youth Culture event at the Barbican we asked our panelists to write up what they saw and what the experience of spending a week…

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Real Quick – Shay Watches Youth Culture
2 November 2018

As part of our We Watch Youth Culture event at the Barbican we asked our panelists to write up what they saw and what the experience of spending a week…

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Real Quick – Meet the Panelists
17 October 2018

As part of #RealQuick our year long partnership with the Barbican three young cultural commentators, Maya McFarlane (17), Shay Awoyemi (18) and Cleo Thompson (18), have spent seven days watching,…

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