Hello. I’m Siddharth. I’m a cultural programmer + producer.

I’m responsible for a public programme of experimental projects + events at the Barbican arts centre in London. I’m also the co-founder of Grand Plan, a charity which awards three £1,000 grants a month to artists and creative people of colour to realise any kind of cultural project.

Prior to my current role, I co-led the Barbican Incubator between 2015-20. The Incubator was a hybrid strategy and programming team which led the implementation of the arts centre’s strategic plan. This included the transformation of the Barbican’s public foyer spaces and the inception of a new public programme.

Before the Barbican, I was at the BBC. I joined the corporation as a production trainee in 2008, before going on to work in a number of roles across TV, Radio and online, finally as the producer in a small team responsible for creating a new home for the BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals.

I’m also a father, photographer, and other things! I think this website will forever be a work-in-progress; for the moment, here are a handful of links to things I’ve written, said or worked on:

📢 A talk I gave in April 2021 about how unlikely communities of people from different disciplines shape the public programme I manage at the Barbican

✍️ An essay me and my colleague Razia Jordan wrote in August 2019 about our experiences of building a public programme for an arts centre’s foyer spaces

📢 A talk I gave in September 2018 about the impacts of digital culture on cultural programming

⚙️ An experimental year-long venue which hosted a programme of 90+ events exploring what it means to be human in the face of technological change

🎧 A temporary ‘cinema for listening’ in the Barbican’s foyers

📹 A music video featuring beautiful signs and Welsh hills made with Tom Rosenthal

📹 A trippy short film exploring the Crossrail tunnels being built beneath London

📸 Photos on Instagram

🐦 Occasional tweets

If you’d like to get in touch with me please email: sidk86 [at] gmail [dot] com