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Art & Life: The Paintings of Beryl Bainbridge
22 May 2014 - 19 October 2014
East Wing
All too often artists with talent in several fields become recognized for just one. This is the starting point for a journey through the creative life and oeuvre of Beryl Bainbridge, who was best known as a writer, but was also a highly accomplished visual artist. This exhibition shows a selection of Bainbridge's paintings, etchings and drawings, contextualised by material from her novels, and offers the rare opportunity to see a range of her first editions and archival material from the British Library.
Time: Tattoo Art Today
03 July 2014 - 05 October 2014
Embankment Galleries
An exhibition presenting original artworks from 70 of the world’s most influential tattoo artists including Ed Hardy, Horiyoshi III, Paul Booth and Mister Cartoon, curated by fellow tattoo artist Claudia De Sabe and publisher Miki Vialetto.
Jasper Johns: Regrets
12 September 2014 - 14 December 2014
The Courtauld Gallery
A display of major new works by Jasper Johns, one of the world’s greatest living artists. Regrets is a haunting series of ten paintings and drawings inspired by an old photograph of Lucian Freud posing in Francis Bacon’s London studio.
National Open Art
18 September 2014 - 25 October 2014
Embankment East
Now in its 18th year, The National Open Art presents the premier Open Art Exhibition in the UK. Its annual competition with £60,000 of prize money aims to nurture creative talent from both emerging and professional artists, providing a truly open and fair platform for artists to exhibit, sell and promote their work. Shortlisted by a distinguished panel, works on display include paintings, drawings, original prints, photography, wall hung installations and computer generated art. All works are for sale.
Free Guided Tour: Historical Highlights
02 October 2014
Somerset House
Discover evidence of Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, of scientific curiosity, naval power and extravagant entertainments.
100 Leading Ladies
A Portrait of Influential Senior Women in Britain by Nancy Honey
02 October 2014 - 26 October 2014
The Courtyard Rooms
The 100 British senior women photographed and interviewed for this timely work helped transform the perception of what is possible for women to achieve in their lives. Award-winning international photographer Nancy Honey invited each of these Leading Ladies to choose a place where she goes for inspiration for her portrait setting. This gives the viewer further insight into the lives, personalities and character of these admirable women.
AOI Illustration Awards 2014
02 October 2014 - 02 November 2014
Terrace Rooms
Returning to Somerset House for a third year, the AOI Illustration Awards Exhibition presents highlights from this year’s shortlist of contemporary illustration, entered by emerging and established talent to the Association of Illustrators’ (AOI) annual competition.
Free Guided Tour: Historical Highlights
04 October 2014
Somerset House
Discover evidence of Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, of scientific curiosity, naval power and extravagant entertainments.
Free Family Workshop: Quick Draw
04 October 2014
Somerset House
Inspired by the images on display in the AOI Illustration Awards 2014 exhibition in the Terrace Rooms, for October’s family workshop work with award-nominated illustrator Katherina Manolessou, the author of children’s book Zoom Zoom Zoom to create your own crafty collage. For families with accompanied children aged 6-12.
Free Guided Tour: Historical Highlights
09 October 2014
Somerset House
Discover evidence of Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, of scientific curiosity, naval power and extravagant entertainments.
BBC Radio 4 Four Thought
10 October 2014
Navy Board Rooms
Join us for our next recording of BBC Radio 4's Four Thought at Somerset House, a series of talks that combine two of the trademark elements of Radio 4 - big ideas and evocative storytelling. Speakers will be invited to take to the stage, ready to air their latest thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect our culture and society. Talks are unscripted, thought-provoking and entertaining, with a personal dimension. This recording's speakers include Robyn Scott on why we need to take more risk, Jon Alexander on the cult of the consumer, and Darren Harris on reclaiming the individual in the age of big data.
MOKITA: Style
10 October 2014
The Screening Room
For some it’s a creative straitjacket, for others the Holy Grail – whether it be mimicry or origination, style in illustration can mean polar opposites, and is the subject of the third MOKITA conference at Somerset House. Planned in spring 2014, the subject has been explored in the current issue of Varoom magazine and discussed at September’s Crowd Talks at Hoxton Gallery. This is an opportunity to further debate and define the term.
Free Guided Tour: Historical Highlights
11 October 2014
Somerset House
Discover evidence of Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, of scientific curiosity, naval power and extravagant entertainments.
In Conversation with Nancy Honey
14 October 2014
The Screening Room
Join us for this informal discussion between award-winning photographer Nancy Honey and journalist Hattie Garlick. The evening will include behind-the-scenes details of the 100 Leading Ladies project, and quotes from the interviews that went alongside each of the portraits in the exhibition.
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
16 October 2014 - 19 October 2014
Somerset House
Taking its name from the 54 countries on the continent, 1:54 returns as a leading platform for artists, galleries, curators, independent art centres and institutions dedicated to promoting African and Africa related art practices and projects.
Young Adults Studio Day: How to Draw Vintage Fashion
18 October 2014
Somerset House
Want to know your vintage from your Versace? Dior’s New Look from New Look? Join us and learn essential retro fashionista drawing skills with the Celia Joicey and Dennis Nothdruft, authors of How to Draw Vintage Fashion. For young adults aged 12+.
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