Too Young For What? Celebrating the creativity of Basquiat

07th October 2017 12:00
Barbican Centre
Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

Too Young for What? Celebrating the creativity of Jean-Michel Basquiat

SAMO©, but different Stage and ‘Make a Scene’ room.

American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was an explosive talent: an international star who found success while still in his teens. He still inspires new generations to reinvent and redefine creative expression, cross artistic boundaries and defy art-world conventions.

Join us at Too Young for What? A day of free activity at the Barbican celebrating Basquiat’s monumental talent. Poet in the City is curating a series of poetry performances and workshops based on his life and works to inspire the artists of tomorrow.

Our poets will be taking ‘poetic minutes’ of all debates and transforming them into performance pieces as well as creating new poems in response to the event’s themes.


2-6pm SAMO©, but different

Co-curated with Poet in the City, listen to talks, performances and collaborative sessions delving into the interdisciplinary creative scene Basquiat was a part of. Featuring artists and poets including: Paula Varjack, Jacob Sam-La Rose, Antonio Roberts, Rachel Long, Dorothea Smartt, Chiizii, Karim Samuels, Gemma Weekes, Jacob Idehan, Keisha Thompson and Belinda Zhawi.

6.30pm Poetic Minutes

12noon–6pm Make A Scene: 

Zine making and collage art, ‘Behind the Scene’ pop-up collage and photography studio by Slashstroke Magazine and roundtable talks and breakout sessions hosted by speakers from the SAMO© talks programme.

Photo © Daniel Oduntan
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