Jo’s Art History Podcast with Greyscape

‘The Barbican, Living in an Architectural Experiment’

Jo Mclaughlin is an art historian, curator, writer, podcaster and self-confessed ‘arts for all champion’ and a fan of the Barbican, so we were ever so pleased to join her for the last but one podcast in her first season to give an unashamedly personal perspective of living in the Barbican.


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Over to Jo:

‘Gaby and Howard offer a unique inside look into living in an architectural experiment, the changing perception of the Barbican throughout their history of living there and how this amazing building has kicked started GreyScape, their online site which celebrates and discusses all things Brutalist architecture and the amazing ‘concrete community’ this has now formed over the last 4 years! … they talk openly about the ever evolving opinion and interactions about the Barbican and how the city and it’s opinion of the estate has evolved, why Brutalist architecture gets a bad name and suggest why it is so important to look again at these buildings and what they tell us about the time periods in which they were built.’

The evolution of the podcast

Jo shares that her motivation is to ‘bring art history to audiences in a time where funding to the arts is being continuously cut, My aim is to begin breaking down the elitism which surrounds the subject of art history and believe in order to do so, it is important to create a space where everyone from all walks of life have the opportunity to talk about art that is meaningful to them; as let’s face it, if you are passionate about something, you are going to be good at talking about it!’

Find Jo on Instagram @josarthistory

Twitter @josarthistory

Image Barbican Estate | Howard Morris 2021

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