Blame time at Barbican as Nick Kenyon departsNews
The City of London’s Barbican Centre has been thrown into turmoil after it was announced that Sir Nicholas Kenyon, its leader for 14 years, will step down in September.
The immediate cause appears to be an investigation into ‘institutional racism’ on his watch, following a Guardian report which indicated that non-white staff were excluded from permanent jobs.
Kenyon, 70, said he had been planning for some time to step down.
According to the Times: ‘He will undertake new work in music criticism, writing and research. He is understood to be taking a role at the University of Cambridge’s music faculty.’
The Barbican said in a statement: ‘We fully recognise the pain and hurt caused by these experiences. We are committed to pursuing the ongoing programme of action, which we have laid out to advance anti-racism in the organisation, and to achieve necessary change.’
What the sedate Barbican needs is a young leader drawn from outside the Metro bubble. What it will get is another collar and tie.
‘What the sedate Barbican needs is a young leader drawn from outside the Metro bubble. What it will get is another collar and tie.’
No. It needs someone strong, experienced, clever, refined, and conservative. That’s what most organizations need in this time of madness.
No, what it needs is pulling down…
Well, if you must believe The Guardian, what do you expect?
70 years old so time to retire from such a job, and for someone younger and with new energy for the new world of the arts after the demolition of the pandemic.
They like the 70 years plus generation.
Some with health problems.
Until the onset of senility, most people find that they gain understanding as they grow older. We grow to understand how little we understood in our youth and early adulthood.
Maria, you are an ageist – a prejudice just as unsavory as any other.
Why are you obsessed with young leaders and conductors being ‘overlooked’ for roles that naturally require more experienced figures by definition?