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 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