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Barbican Centre to expand its education partnerships

Potential partners in the visual arts include the University of the Arts London and the Royal College of Art, and there are plans to link to film and dance as well

Designs for a new cinema at the Barbican Centre, due to open this autumn

The Barbican Centre in London plans to extend its partnerships with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the London Symphony Orchestra, to other fields such as the visual arts, film and dance. Potential partners in the visual arts include the University of the Arts London and the Royal College of Art. Discussions are underway to establish a foundation course that can be studied across a number of institutions and linked to the Barbican.

“By autumn 2013 we hope to establish a partnership with the University of the Arts and to test something in that academic year,” says Sean Gregory, the director of creative learning at the Barbican.

The Barbican’s model of joining forces with nearby cultural and educational institutions was praised in the Henley Review of Cultural Education, published at the end of February. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Barbican is expanding for the first time since 1982, with a new cinema opening this autumn. The expansion forms part of a plan to create a cultural quarter in the City of London.

A feature article examining the history of the Barbican Centre and its plans for the future was published in our March 2012 print edition.

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