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Knyttan: Factory of the Future
13 November 2014 - 29 March 2015
New Wing
Have you ever wanted to design your own scarf, jumper or even tie, but can’t knit? Based in Somerset House’s New Wing, Knyttan’s Factory of the Future allows you to create a design and have it made in front of you in minutes.
T H E U N S E E N Emporium
13 November 2014 - 05 May 2015
New Wing
Material exploration house T H E U N S E E N, a collective of alchemists, cutters, coders and anatomists, open the doors to their magical world which focuses on science fused with design. Within the Emporium visitors are fully immersed in material science and surrounded by iconic British designed products that have been treated with UNSEEN technology. Gifts perfect for a Winter stocking are also available to buy for the curious.
Guy Bourdin: Image Maker
27 November 2014 - 15 March 2015
Embankment Galleries
The UK’s largest ever exhibition of the influential and enigmatic fashion photographer Guy Bourdin, featuring over 100 works and previously unseen material from the photographer’s estate, from 1955 to 1987. This major show will chart Bourdin’s distinguished 40-year career from Man Ray’s protégé to photography revolutionary in his own right and explore his pursuit of perfection. The exhibited works will exemplify the craftsmanship behind his images, from production to publication, and their enduring quality as a consequence.
Invitation Strictly Personal
16 February 2015 - 22 March 2015
Great Arch Hall
A fascinating insight into the ephemera associated with the catwalk show. Objects displayed range from invitations dating from 1961, in the main from the collection of Iain R Webb, to notes and sketches made by Webb from the front row critiquing the garments.
London Fashion Weekend
26 February 2015 - 01 March 2015
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.
Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album
26 February 2015 - 25 May 2015
The Courtauld Gallery
This major exhibition reunites all the surviving drawings from the Witches and Old Women Album for the first time, offering a fascinating and enlightening view of a very private and personal Goya.
Unorthodocs: Concerning Violence
02 March 2015
The Screening Room
Concerning Violence is a Swedish documentary, driven by archive footage that provides an astonishing visual insight into the Third World’s struggle against European colonialism. The 16mm footage dates back to the Cold War era, when filmmakers travelled to Africa to document the anti-imperialist movements first-hand. Amongst scenes they captured are night-time raids in Angola and interviews with guerrillas in Mozambique. Narrated by Lauryn Hill, and featuring excerpts from Frantz Fanon’s seminal text The Wretched of the Earth, this is a raw and vivid portrait of decolonisation. Göran Olsson’s film received critical acclaim at the 2014 Sundance and Berlin film festivals.
Maggi Hambling: War Requiem & Aftermath
04 March 2015 - 31 May 2015
East Wing
The Cultural Institute at King’s College London present War Requiem & Aftermath, a survey of the recent work of British artist Maggi Hambling, encompassing painting, sculpture, installation and film.
Beard
05 March 2015 - 29 March 2015
Terrace Rooms
Presenting a series of portraits by photographer Mr Elbank in which all of the subjects sport a beard. Featuring over 80 images exhibited for the first time and exploring the art of grooming, the show celebrates the enduring beard trend which has exploded across the world.
The Ladies Bridge
Documentary Screening with Panel Discussion and Q&A
09 March 2015
The Screening Room
Anyone taking a riverboat down the Thames will hear their tour guide tell the compelling story of Waterloo Bridge. ‘The Ladies Bridge’ as it was affectionately termed was built by women during the Second World War. Official history has written this story out as historian Dr Chris Wall discovered after years of trawling through archives. In 2013 she was joined by film-maker Karen Livesey to pursue the story through oral history. The Ladies Bridge (28 minutes) explores why these bridge builders and 24,000 other female construction workers have been written out of history.
Somerset House: The Old Palaces Tour
10 March 2015
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.
The Syngenta Photography Award 2015
11 March 2015 - 10 April 2015
East Wing Galleries
The Syngenta Photography Award is a celebration of artistic skill and outstanding photography which aims to draw attention to, and stimulate dialogue around, key global challenges. This year’s award invited professional and amateur photographers from all over the world to submit applications responding to the theme of ‘Scarcity-Waste’.
Syngenta Photography Award 2015 Finalists – In Conversation
11 March 2015
The Portico Rooms
Join this year’s finalists in conversation with Karen Irvine, Curator and Associate Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago.
Free Guided Tour: Historical Highlights
12 March 2015
Somerset House
Discover evidence of Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, of scientific curiosity, naval power and extravagant entertainments.
The Fashion Research Network presents: Surfaces and Boundaries: The Legacy of Guy Bourdin
13 March 2015
The Screening Room
Photographer Guy Bourdin's influence and influences are examined in a series of talks and panel discussions throughout the day curated by the Fashion Research Network, and introduced by curator Alistair O' Neill.
Free Family Drop In Workshop: Build Your Own Beard
14 March 2015
Somerset House
It’s makeshift March! Join artist Gareth Owen-Lloyd for an afternoon of beard building, whether it’s hairy, scary, soft or even holds its own secrets it could be yours. Get inspired by our photography exhibition Beard and walk away with something wonderful. Free for families with accompanied children aged 6-12 years.
Unorthodocs: Big Boys Gone Bananas!*
16 March 2015
The Screening Room
Fredrik Gertten’s 2011 film Bananas!* told the story of the legal action that 12 Nicaraguan banana plantation workers successfully brought against the multinational Dole Food Company. Then, following its selection at the Los Angeles Film Festival, the filmmakers were threatened with a defamation lawsuit by the corporation. Out of the ensuing legal struggle came this follow-up documentary – both a cautionary thriller and a highly personal film about media spin, PR scare tactics, and the fragility of freedom of speech.
Fashion on Film at Somerset House - Framing Fashion: From the Margins to the Centre
23 March 2015
The Screening Room
Gender, sexuality, beauty, age, ethnic identity, what does their re-articulations mean in the context of today’s fashion? A select panel discuss image-makers that challenge the stereotypes and ask what role fashion film plays in within wider visual culture. Whilst reflecting on fashion and media practices, the speakers debate the relevance of fashion film, and ask how it might affect social and cultural change.
Fashion on Film at Somerset House - Kinetic Collaborations
24 March 2015
The Screening Room
Collaboration is fundamental to any designer or design brand that aims to communicate the essence of a collection through non-sartorial means, such as a catwalk show or the fashion image. But is there something distinct about the relationships fashion designers have recently formed with filmmakers? Who ‘owns’ the vision for fashion films? Is the filmmaker a creator or a mere conduit and what exactly are the processes that these collaborations follow? This panel will explore the different motivations and roles of both parties in these particular contexts, delving into questions of interpretation, authorship and creative control.
Beards: Art Macabre Death Drawing Special
25 March 2015
Somerset House
Sketch bearded bare models with Art Macabre at a special themed life drawing salon. Inspired by Mr Elbank's exhibition Beard, draw your own stylish bearded portraits as we celebrate the cultural phenomena of the Beard.
Captain Fawcett’s Grooming Parlour Talk
26 March 2015
The Courtyard Rooms
If you have been inspired by Beard but are a tad unsure on how to keep your own facial foliage in tip top condition, then why not join us along with the much esteemed Captain Fawcett for an informal chinwag that may go some way to answering your questions whilst offering tips on how to maintain a stiff upper lip regardless.
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