The Barbican Shop has announced its first-ever season of events with a series of talks, installations and practical workshops on the theme of making and craftsmanship. Curated by the Barbican’s retail team in partnership with Crafts magazine, the event will run from 17 March to 3 June.
The season will allow visitors to explore traditional crafts with a contemporary twist, to meet the makers behind some of the shop’s favourite products, and to learn new skills in a range of workshops.
Highlights of the programme include bike building demonstrations and a panel discussion by The Bicycle Academy, ring carving workshops with east London collective The Workbench, bookbinding workshops with experts from the London Centre for Book Arts, and a paper lighting workshop with designer Kate Colin.
Additional weaving workshops and an installation from tapestry weaver Christabel Balfour, alongside a craft walking tour with historian Chris Rogers, a series by maker Phil Cuttance on casting vases, and a stitching workshop by the Stitch School will also take place.
Jo Davis, Head of Retail at the Barbican, said: “We are incredibly excited to launch Make! - our first season of events in the Barbican Shop. We have curated a diverse selection of makers, representing a wide range of disciplines from weaving to bike frame making, and are looking forward to showcasing each of their crafts.
"This is an opportunity to watch the ‘making’ process happen, as well as a chance to take part, learn something new and walk away with a beautifully unique handmade product.” For more information, visit barbican.org.uk.