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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.
A Little History: Nick Cave & Cohorts, 1981 - 2013
03 September 2014 - 28 September 2014
Great Arch Hall
An exhibition of photographs by Bleddyn Butcher, tracking Nick Cave’s creative career from the apoplectic extravagance of The Birthday Party to the calmer disquiet of 2013’s Push The Sky Away via snapshots, spot lit visions and sumptuous, theatrical portraits. It mixes the candid and uncanny, the spontaneous and the patiently staged, and includes eyeball encounters with Cave’s baddest lieutenants, men, who for the most part, have long since burned their own bridges down. A splendid testament to two brilliant careers.
Tattoos for Life and Death: Art Macabre Drawing Salon
04 September 2014
Studio, South Wing
Take part in a life drawing workshop with a difference, as tattooed models pose nude for you to create your own deathly ink artworks. Explore tattoos as memento mori with Art Macabre. Sketch inked life models, including tattoos by Time: Tattoo Art Today exhibition curator Claudia de Sabe, exploring how marks made on flesh memorialise time and the corporeality of the human body. And why not enjoy a cheeky rum cocktail too?
Free Guided Tour: Historical Highlights
04 September 2014
Somerset House
Discover evidence of Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, of scientific curiosity, naval power and extravagant entertainments.
BBC Radio 4 Four Thought
05 September 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 Tiffany Jenkins on the need for more judgement, Clare Richmond on the future of shopping, Daniel Hahn on children’s books, and Professor Sunil Shaunak on making medicines today.
Free Guided Tour: Historical Highlights
06 September 2014
Somerset House
Discover evidence of Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, of scientific curiosity, naval power and extravagant entertainments.
Pick Me Up Presents: Sign Painters
09 September 2014
The Screening Room
Part of our Pick Me Up Presents series, join us for this screening of the documentary film Sign Painters, directed by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon. Before the screening, renowned American sign painter Mike Meyer will run an informal demonstration and afterwards take part in a Q&A session hosted by Sam Roberts, the London-based founder of Ghostsigns and Better Letters. The film features candid interviews with sign writers from across America including Ira Coyne, Bob Dewhurst, Keith Knecht, Norma Jeane Maloney and Stephen Powers. The film covers the 150-year history of the form, and its struggle with changing times and the advancement of technology.
Free Guided Tour: Historical Highlights
11 September 2014
Somerset House
Discover evidence of Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, of scientific curiosity, naval power and extravagant entertainments.
London Fashion Week SS15
12 September 2014 - 16 September 2014
Somerset House
London Fashion Week takes place at Somerset House biannually, featuring established designers as well as world class emerging talent. Renowned for showcasing some of the world’s best designers, the Catwalk Show Space in The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court houses catwalk shows, while the rest of Somerset House hosts further presentations and the designer exhibition.
Free Guided Tour: Historical Highlights
13 September 2014
Somerset House
Discover evidence of Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, of scientific curiosity, naval power and extravagant entertainments.
At the Coalface: Process
17 September 2014
Old Post Room
Somerset House and resident ‘factory-on-Thames’ Makerversity are proud to host At the Coalface, a regular series of discussions centered around their makers’ stories. In the inaugural Process, discussion will involve a diverse set of makers whose practice spans a range of production and manufacturing methods. Chaired by one of the Makerversity co-founders, this talk will offer a glimpse into the stories behind the polished outcomes that often dominate design shows, and further insight into how these practitioners work, their ‘fail tales,’ and how these have played a role in their successes.
London Fashion Weekend
18 September 2014 - 21 September 2014
Somerset House
For four days Somerset House will be transformed into Britain’s most exclusive fashion and designer shopping experience, brimming with catwalk shows, pop-up shops, hair & beauty and educational panels from leading industry experts. Style-savvy fashion lovers can get their autumn/winter wardrobe fix from over 100 of the country's best-loved designer brands including Issa London, French Sole and Linda Farrow.
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.
The First Tattoo Artist: Sutherland MacDonald
23 September 2014
The Screening Room
Art historian Matt Lodder will delve into the birth of English tattooing as an artistic profession in the 1880s, and discuss the life and work of Sutherland MacDonald, whose parlour was based above a Turkish baths on Jermyn Street in London. This illustrated talk, complementing the Time: Tattoo Art Today exhibition in the Embankment Galleries, will feature never-before-seen images of MacDonald's remarkable work.
Free Guided Tour: Historical Highlights
25 September 2014
Somerset House
Discover evidence of Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, of scientific curiosity, naval power and extravagant entertainments.
Free Guided Tour: Historical Highlights
27 September 2014
Somerset House
Discover evidence of Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, of scientific curiosity, naval power and extravagant entertainments.
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