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UTOPIA 2016
25 January 2016 - 31 December 2016
Somerset House
UTOPIA 2016 is a year of imagination and possibility celebrating the 500th anniversary of Thomas More's inspirational text, Utopia. Artists, designers, provocateurs and thinkers will be experimenting with ways we might live, make, work and play. With: Jeremy Deller and Fraser Muggeridge studio; The Utopian Treasury; Venturing Beyond with Horfee, Revok, Filippo Minelli, Shepard Fairey and Swoon; Out There: Post-War Public Art; International Fashion Showcase; Now Play This at London Games Week; Connected Communities at the Utopia Fair; Counterculture Now; Night School on Anarres with Onkar Kular and Noam Toran; We Account the Whale Immortal with Philip Hoare and Jessica Sarah Rinland; Utopia at The British Library; The London Design Biennale; Utopia: Constructed, and much, much more
Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings
16 June 2016 - 11 September 2016
The Courtauld Gallery
Georgiana Houghton (1814-1884) was a Spiritualist medium who, in the 1860s and 70s, produced an astonishing series of largely abstract watercolours. Detailed explanations on the back of the works declare that her hand was guided by various spirits, including several Renaissance artists, as well as higher angelic beings. In 1871 Houghton rented a gallery in Bond Street and presented 155 of these works to an astonished London audience.
Regarding Trees
18 June 2016 - 25 September 2016
The Courtauld Gallery
For as long as artists have created landscapes, the tree has been an essential element of them. But, intriguingly, almost from the beginning, individual trees have been the subject of close study in their own right. In many cases they serve as a means for artists to develop their powers of observation and manual dexterity as well as a tool for constructing larger landscapes. This display of drawings, ranging from the early sixteenth to the mid nineteenth centuries, explores artists’ enduring fascination with the tree.
Paths to Utopia
01 July 2016 - 02 October 2016
East Wing
Celebrating the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s inspirational book Utopia, Paths to Utopia is a collection of new art works resulting from collaborations between artists, performers, architects, technologists and King’s College London academics. In this unique cultural hub, audiences will have the chance to encounter whales, ascend to a community on the clouds and witness the ubiquitous, transcendental pursuit of creativity.
Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick
in partnership with Canon
06 July 2016 - 24 August 2016
West Wing
An exhibition exploring the impact of one of the most innovative and influential film makers of all time, Stanley Kubrick, through some of today’s most talented creatives, from the established to the emerging. Contributors include Sarah Lucas, Gavin Turk, Joseph Kosuth, Doug Aitken, Mat Collishaw, Mick Jones, Peter Kennard, Philip Castle and Doug Foster, all of whom will provide a new or existing work which has been inspired by Stanley Kubrick.
Utopian Voices Here and Now
06 July 2016 - 29 August 2016
Somerset House
contemporary artists to form a series of displays, installations and performances taking place across the site. Exploring prevalent issues in today’s society, this dynamic range of works will showcase the utopian visions of young UK-based artists, giving voice to the issues most affecting them today including the body, gender, sexuality and race.
Project O
Native Instincts: Psychic Labours
21 July 2016 - 23 July 2016
New Wing
Project O is a collaboration between performers Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamila Johnson-Small that arose out of a shared desire to address issues around culturally ingrained racism and sexism in the UK. The duo aim to comment on their experience of being black, mixed race and female in a society still not completely free from its colonial past. With intimate and urgent choreography that make visible positions of otherness, the artists imagine ways of no longer seeming ‘other’. Within an intimate setting at Somerset House they will perform Native Instincts: Psychic Labours, featuring sound by Verity Susman.
Free Guided Tour: Historical Highlights
23 July 2016
Somerset House
Discover evidence of Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, of scientific curiosity, naval power and extravagant entertainments.
Somerset House Book Club:
The No 9 Bus to Utopia
25 July 2016
Great Arch Hall
David Bramwell, author of No 9 Bus to Utopia will be our special guest at the next Somerset House Book Club, taking place at the Utopia Treasury, Great Arch Hall. David will be talking about his adventures living in various alternative communities around the world whilst on a quest to seek out an ideal Utopian way of life, based on his travels detailed in his book The No 9 Bus to Utopia. It is a fantastic read and this promises to be a very entertaining talk!
Somerset House: The Old Palaces Tour
26 July 2016
Somerset House
Somerset House, now an exciting venue for arts and culture was once the home of three Catholic queens; Anne of Denmark, Henrietta Maria and Catherine of Braganza and played a vital part in the crisis of the Stuart dynasty. Join us for a new guided tour, exploring the history of the site before this current building existed. A special highlight of the tour includes access to Strand Lane Baths.
Yesterday's Tomorrow:
The Lost Worlds of 2001
27 July 2016
The Screening Room
Kubrick expert and author Piers Bizony talks about the legacy of one of the legendary Director’s most influential films. It’s hard to believe that Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is approaching its 50th anniversary. What is it that makes this film so influential after all these years? Piers Bizony has worked with the Kubrick family, bringing to light the concept designs that informed this most intensely detailed vision of the future.
Behind the Screen
How To Make Magazines And Influence People with Little White Lies
28 July 2016
East Wing
Bi-monthly print magazine, Little White Lies will host an evening in the Summer Screen Prints exhibition to discuss their creative process, and the art of making print media engaging, relevant and successful in the digital age. Ticket includes a complimentary drink and a copy of Little White Lies.
Free Guided Tour: Historical Highlights
28 July 2016
Somerset House
Discover evidence of Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, of scientific curiosity, naval power and extravagant entertainments.
Summer Screen Prints
Film Poster Exhibition
28 July 2016 - 17 August 2016
East Wing Galleries
Print Club London invites talented artists and illustrators to create alternative, screen-printed posters for the films shown at Film4 Summer Screen. Each exhibiting artist reimagines a poster for one of the films, taking particular scenes, quotes, characters or other elements as inspiration.
Daydreaming Images: Young People’s Studio Day with Canon
28 July 2016
Embankment Galleries
In partnership with Canon, Somerset House Learning are offering Young People’s Workshops to complement Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick: An exhibition of art inspired by the master film maker. Taking inspiration from the new exhibition young photographers and filmmakers are invited to spend the day creating images that explore the idea of daydreaming; a key part of the creative process. After visiting the exhibition take the opportunity to try out Canon’s range of imaging technology and learn from Canon Gurus Jonathan Nicholson and filmmaker and lens based media lecturer Sebastian Muravchik .
BeAnotherLab presents
The Machine To Be Another
30 July 2016 - 07 August 2016
New Wing
BeAnotherLab presents a series of Embodied Narratives that allow audience members to virtually inhabit the body of another person and experience their perspective of camp life. Hear the stories and step into the shoes of workers, volunteers and refugees around the world to understand more about day to day life in a refugee camp.
Good Chance Theatre presents ENCAMPMENT AT SOMERSET HOUSE
30 July 2016 - 07 August 2016
New Wing
Having set up a theatre of hope in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp, Good Chance are coming to Somerset House as part of our Utopia season with two projects that seek to reinvigorate the dialogue on displacement and asylum and to offer a space to listen, learn and take action towards a better future together.
Behind the Screen
Young Creatives: An Introduction to Screen-Printing with Print Club London
30 July 2016
East Wing
This workshop will introduce participants to the practise and art of screen-printing. Print Club London will guide members through what’s involved in screen-printing, and how artists begin to imagine their work in this form. The workshop will culminate with the creation of your own print, ready to take home.
Behind the Screen
An Introduction to Screen-Printing with Print Club London
30 July 2016
East Wing
This workshop will introduce participants to the practise and art of screen-printing. Print Club London will guide members through what’s involved in screen-printing, and how artists begin to imagine their work in this form. The workshop will culminate with the creation of your own print, ready to take home.
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