Showing 14 events
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
By me William Shakespeare: A Life in Writing
03 February 2016 - 29 May 2016
East Wing
Discover the stories behind key moments in Shakespeare’s life, from the birth of the Globe theatre in London to his last days in Stratford-upon-Avon 400 years ago.
Botticelli and Treasures from the Hamilton Collection
18 February 2016 - 15 May 2016
The Courtauld Gallery
This major exhibition features no less than thirty of Botticelli’s exquisite drawings for Dante’s Divine Comedy alongside a selection of outstanding Renaissance illuminated manuscripts. These works were all sensationally sold to Berlin in 1882 by the 12th Duke of Hamilton. Dated to around 1480-95 and drawn on vellum, Botticelli’s Dante drawings are very rarely exhibited. This is an exceptional opportunity to see a representative collection of the great Renaissance master’s interpretation of one of the canonical texts of world literature. Ten drawings will be included from each of the three parts of the Divine Comedy, charting Dante’s imaginary journey through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise.
Venturing Beyond: Graffiti and the Everyday Utopias of the Street
03 March 2016 - 02 May 2016
Terrace Rooms
Arguing against the traditionally-held belief of graffiti as a dystopian movement or ‘glorified vandalism’, Venturing Beyond: Graffiti and the Everyday Utopias of the Street will showcase the specially-commissioned work of eighteen street artists from around the globe, from stars of the scene such as Shepard Fairey, Swoon and REVOK, to critically acclaimed artists such as Brad Downey, Eltono and Filippo Minelli, each of whom will produce pieces responding to this theme. A number of artists, including Horfee, Nano4814, Petro and Russell Maurice, will create their works on site at Somerset House over the course of the exhibition, providing visitors with an insight into the processes of the practice.
Pick Me Up: Graphic Arts Festival 2016
21 April 2016 - 02 May 2016
Embankment Galleries
Pick Me Up returns to Somerset House for its seventh year, featuring a fresh line-up of artists and designers bringing the best of new illustration, graphic design and related disciplines to inspire and delight. Vibrant, engaging and packed full of exciting things to see, do and buy, Pick Me Up 2016 will once again feature a whole host of different working processes and techniques ranging from traditional screen-printing to animation, risograph printing to paper craft.
Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress at Pick Me Up
21 April 2016 - 02 May 2016
Embankment Galleries
New for 2016, Pick Me Up will host a retrospective exhibition of work by one of the world’s foremost typographers and printmakers, Alan Kitching. With free entry included in the ticket to Pick Me Up, Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress will feature over 100 prints, charting his career from apprentice to world-renowned designer. Alan will also bring part of his studio to the festival, offering the visitors the chance to see his letterpress in action.
2016 Sony World Photography Awards
22 April 2016 - 08 May 2016
Somerset House
Bringing vibrancy and colour to the spring's arts calendar, the exhibition will showcase over 500 of the best contemporary photographs from around the world from the past year, each taken by the winning and shortlisted photographers of the world’s largest photography competition.
Coalstore by Something & Son
27 April 2016 - 22 May 2016
New Wing
COALSTORE retells this epic story and celebrates the beauty of Coal. COALSTORE makes jewellery which embeds coal into art and in the process traps carbon and the power of the material into the rings, bracelets, necklaces and objects.
Katie Paterson
Totality: A new commission by the Arts Council Collection
28 April 2016 - 22 May 2016
New Wing
The Arts Council Collection, the UK’s most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art, is pleased to announce plans for marking its 70th anniversary during 2016. The celebrations will include 8 new commissions that will go on display across the UK. Katie Paterson’s commission on display at Somerset house will be a mirror ball comprising images of nearly every solar eclipse that’s been documented by humankind; through drawings and since photography began, including the oldest solar eclipse drawings from hundreds of years ago, and the earliest 19th century photographs, to images from the most technological advanced telescopes now.
Somerset House: The Old Palaces Tour
03 May 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.
Free Guided Tour: Historical Highlights
05 May 2016
Somerset House
Discover evidence of Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, of scientific curiosity, naval power and extravagant entertainments.
Free Guided Tour: Historical Highlights
07 May 2016
Somerset House
Discover evidence of Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, of scientific curiosity, naval power and extravagant entertainments.
Free Drop-In Family Workshop: Capture the Sun
07 May 2016
New Wing
Capture the sun in an afternoon of installation fun, inspired by Katie Paterson’s exhibit ‘Totality’. Artist Gareth Owen Lloyd shows us how to build, shape, and manipulate solar silhouettes to create a wall of wondrous works. Free for families with accompanied children aged 6-12 years.
Photo London 2016
19 May 2016 - 22 May 2016
Somerset House
Photo London brings together 80 of the world’s leading galleries in a major international photography Fair. Running over four days at Somerset House, Photo London was created to give London an international photography event befitting the city’s status as global cultural capital.
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