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Barbican 2013 Calendar

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noticed before. Some of these are included in the calendar.

arbican resident and photographer, Chris Parkin has produced a large- size (A3) wall-hanging calendar with thirteen original photographs of the Barbican. The pictures show various aspects of towers, houses, the centre and the gardens. This issue of Barbican Life shows, on the cover, one of Chris’s pictures. The calendar has the image at the top of each page and a grid of dates of the month below with space to write in appointments and reminders. This original, limited edition, calendar is available from Chris for £15.

This project started simply as a way of giving a personal gift for his family and friends. But several Barbican residents bought his calendar last year as gifts for their friends.

This is the third calendar Chris has

produced with pictures of the Barbican included, but the first which is entirely based on our estate. He was inspired by the Bauhaus exhibition in the Centre this year and came away from the show appreciating even more the wonderful place where we live. He thought: Why go beyond the Barbican ? There are more than enough wonderful sights and scenes here! He noticed how the staircase in the Centre allows an almost abstract view of our dearly beloved concrete pillars….. and the wonderful shapes of the water garden in front of Andrewes House...and how the shadows of the trees in Thomas More gardens play on the pathways... Earlier this year, a friend and fellow resident, Robert Barker, called Chris and invited him on a personal tour of special sights which Robert had spotted and enjoyed. So Chris now thanks Robert for drawing his attention to certain scenes, and particularly viewpoints, which he had not

Chris welcomes suggestions from Barbican people of scenes and sightings which would make good pictures. Maybe for a 2014 calendar which we all create! To purchase the calendar, please contact Chris on 020 7628 6170, or at 604 Willoughby House or by email –


Calling for new Friends of Guildhall Art Gallery

any of you may indeed be Friends of the Guildhall Art Gallery (FoGAG) already, but we have a large new community who, like so many of us when we moved to the Barbican, are unaware of this gem on our doorstep. Sitting quietly but majestically in Guildhall Yard, the Art Gallery is no more than about 10 minutes’ walk from any front door.


would like to invite you all to make that journey, take a good look around and sign up as a Friend on your return.

Like many art galleries entrance is free to all, but as a Friend of the Guildhall Art Gallery, you and your guest would gain entrance to the special exhibitions free of charge too.

The Guildhall Art Gallery was established in 1886 as ‘a Collection of Art Treasures worthy of the capital city’ and its collection more than lives up to the promise. Focusing on paintings of London, the Gallery holds a renowned collection of 19th-century works. And, don’t forget to venture below ground to walk amongst the ruins of London's Roman Amphitheatre. Lost for centuries, the original circular walls were rediscovered by archaeologists working on the site of the new Guildhall Art Gallery building in 1988. Who needs Rome when you've got this on your doorstep? Back in the 21st Century, the Gallery’s new curator Sonia Solicari, has really made her mark by introducing exciting new exhibitions and quarterly late night events offering pop up bars, music and artisans displaying their wares, as well as free access to the gallery and special exhibitions. These late openings have been very popular and visitors often dress the part, as they did for our 1920s exhibition night, joining forces for a quick lesson in the Charleston and Black Bottom!

The Guildhall Art Gallery is a real local treasure and one which I would like more of my neighbours in the Barbican to support and be part of. As current Chairman of the Friends, I would love to build our membership and in doing so strengthen our ability to further this aim. In addition

however, for an annual subscription of £25 (£20 concessions) from January 2013, we’re delighted to include free entrance to Tower Bridge and Keats House in Hampstead, (currently charging £8 & £5 respectively). If you would like more information just email us at, or simply pop into the Gallery to see for yourself what a wonderful place it is. I have no doubt you will then wish to join the Friends. If so, let us know and we’ll forward an Application Form ASAP. Vivienne Littlechild

Hamilton Brooks Christmas Card winners


s readers of the last issue of Barbican Lifemay recall, Barbican specialist Estate Agents, Hamilton Brooks, set up a competition for local children to design the company’s Christmas card this year and attracted a good number of entries. The competition judges, Designer, Sue Small and Primary School teacher Charlotte Fallows, selected winners from the three different age categories, with the overall winner chosen being Joseph Kouyoumjian aged 5, with the runners up in the different age categories being, Charlotte Free aged 9 and Geena Kaeda aged 15. All live in the Barbican. Joseph is pictured here receiving a cheque to the value of the top prize, an iPad 3 – and the designs for all three winning entries are also pictured.

T City Livery Club

o live in the City is to be part of a community and residents have a major part to play. We all belong to various groups where we can enjoy differing pursuits and interests - so let me introduce you to the City Livery Club where I am a past President. This is a Club that is founded on the Livery Company spirit of fellowship, charity and the City and at the same time promotes enjoyment, service and civic pride.

Founded in 1914, the Club’s objectives have always been to uphold and strengthen the traditions of the City Civic and the Livery, to promote active participation in the City’s governance, and above all to foster good fellowship among its members. A big attraction of the Club is its

Geena’s design

Thumbnails of the pictures used in the calendar and one example of a full page


Glen Cook of Hamilton Brooks handing over first prize in the Christmas Card design competition to Joseph Kouyoumjian

Joseph’s design

Charlotte’s design

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