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Explore Somerset House’s exhibitions and displays through our busy and diverse programme of workshops, tours, talks, seminars and film screenings.

 

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Family Drop-in Workshop: Saloon Bar Selfies
Saturday 9 August 11.00-16.00
Studio

Create your own ‘Wanted’ poster for the biggest outlaws, cattle rustlers, card sharks or bandits amongst your friends and family, or have your mugshot at the Sherriff’s gaol. Recommended for families with children aged 6-12. Part of the Behind the Screen programme.

 

TALKS & TOURS

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Return of the Rudeboy: Spotlight on Style Tours

Join a member of the gallery team for a spotlight tour of the Return of the Rudeboy exhibition. Each tour will delve into the long and rich history of rudeboy culture, and the stories behind the style.

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Talk: The History of The MC
Wednesday 6 August 2014, 19.00-21.00
Screening Room, £16

Musician Mark Professor discusses the long and rich history of the MC in this talk held alongside the Return of the Rudeboy exhibition. Tracing its roots in West African storytelling, Jamaican mento music and the jive-talking American radio jocks of the Fifties up to the present day, he will discuss the evolution of the MC and the subsequent influence on genres such as hip-hop, UK garage, and drum ‘n’ bass. Key to soundsystem culture, Mark will also demonstrate what it is to MC in his own distinctive style.
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Exhibitions on Film:
Duke Vin and the Birth of Ska
Thursday 21 August 18.30-20.30
Screening Room £12

When Duke Vin and Count Suckle arrived in Britain in 1954, they brought with them a sound that was taking their native Jamaica by storm. The screening of this documentary will be followed by a panel discussion with Return of the Rudeboy exhibition curators Dean Chalkley and Harris Elliot, and Mykaell Riley, programme director of the Black Music Research Unit, University of Westminster.
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