Hello. I’m Siddharth. I’m a cultural programmer + producer.
In January 2022, I’ll be joining King’s as the Director of Science Gallery 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.
I used to be responsible for a public programme of experimental projects + events at the Barbican arts centre in London. Before that, I co-led the Barbican Incubator for five years. 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.
And before the Barbican, I worked 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!
Here are a few links to things I’ve written, said or worked on:
📢 An online programme of events about the power of power in September 2021, co-curated by Suzanne Alleyne, Banff and the Barbican’s public programming team
🏡 A project exploring who our buildings and spaces are designed for, curated by Jon Astbury and Jos Boys, designed by EDIT Collective and part of the public progamme at the Barbican from May-December 2021
📢 A talk I gave in April 2021 about how unlikely communities of people from different disciplines shape the public programme 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 public foyer spaces
⚙️ An experimental year-long venue at the Barbican, hosting a programme of 90+ events throughout 2019 exploring what it means to be human in the face of technological change
⚙️ A cross-disciplinary exploration of what it means to grow old in Britain today, led by Liminal Space and part of the public programme at the Barbican from Feb-May 2019
📢 A talk I gave in September 2018 about the impacts of digital culture on cultural programming
🎧 A temporary ‘cinema for listening’ in the Barbican’s public foyers from Sep-Oct 2018
⛰ A multi-disciplinary residency and expedition in 2017 (Peak District, UK) and 2019 (Mumbai and Goa, India), focusing on alternative infrastructures for cultural production
📹 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
🐦 Very occasional tweets
If you’d like to get in touch, please email: sidk86 [at] gmail [dot] com