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25 January 2016 - 31 December 2016
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.
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
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.
Utopian Voices Here and Now
06 July 2016 - 29 August 2016
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.
AOI World Illustration Awards Exhibition 2016 in partnership with Directory of Illustration
01 August 2016 - 29 August 2016
Returning to Somerset House for a fifth year, the World Illustration Awards Exhibition, in partnership with the Directory of Illustration, presents highlights from this year’s shortlist of contemporary illustration, entered by emerging and established talent to the Association of Illustrators’ (AOI) annual competition.
Somerset House: The Old Palaces Tour
23 August 2016
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.
Protein Pressures: How can arts, design and creative communications engage people in protein choices?
24 August 2016
The Screening Room
Diversifying protein in our diet would have numerous benefits for public health and the planet, yet getting people to embrace the abundance of protein choices out there can be a tough sell. Hubbub invites you to a Utopian themed drinks reception and panel discussion with guests from across the creative industries to discuss how arts, design and creative communications can be used to engage people in protein choices.
Free Guided Tour: Historical Highlights
27 August 2016
Discover evidence of Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, of scientific curiosity, naval power and extravagant entertainments.