Talks & Events
Each exhibition and display will be accompanied by an exciting programme of talks, film screenings, activities and late events.
(excluding the Christmas break Dec 16 - Jan 6)
Discover more about iconic image maker Hergé with lunch time talks focusing on aspects of the master's style and narrative flair. A member of the Learning Team discusses the shaping of Hergé’s career at Le Petit Vingtieme, the attention to detail in his research, and the stories behind the Tintin ‘family’. Please note spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis 30 minutes before the talk.
Join us for a free spotlight tour of One and All. Each week a different artist or aspect of the exhibition is highlighted in a short informal talk led by a member of Learning at Somerset House or by one of the One and All team. Please note spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis 30 minutes before the talk.
Join poet, author and playwright Owen Sheers for an insight into his commission for One and All, inspired by his residency on the Gower coast. This summer Owen spent two weeks walking and researching the Gower’s southern coastline between the Upper Paleolithic archaeological site of Paviland Cave and the striking causeway peninsula of Worms Head. Take a tour to glimpse into the landscape, local history, anecdotes and dialect that inspired his new poem On The Sea’s Land (Ar-for-dir). Please note spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis 30 minutes before the talk.
From tide times and shipping forecasts to satellite imagery, our coast is awash with data.
Join One & All artist Tania Kovats', and digital media artist Susan Collins, to discuss the creative use of data in digital artworks inspired by our coast.
Using your smart phone hop on your cycle or set off on foot to see some of the capital’s elm heritage in central London, starting at Somerset House and finishing at “Albertopolis” – Exhibition Road. You’ll be able to uncover London’s elm trees and elm heritage, finding out more at each location and how the elm links to the capital’s wider culture and history. Approximately 2 hours by foot. Get it here: www.bit.ly/londonselms
Thomas Pakenham, the indefatigable champion of trees, will tell the importance the elm and all our trees hold. His new book, The Company of Trees, recounts his forays with trees, often hazardous plant hunting expeditions, and his efforts to preserve magnificent old trees and historic woodlands.
As a quintessential icon of the British landscape, John Constable and many other artists have used the elm to depict and evoke emotions of our countryside. Artist and researcher Dr Anne Anderson, who is a member of the Arborealists and whose exhibition and publication “Under the Greenwood” is a celebration of the British Tree in the work of our major artists, will speak about how the elm has been used in art.
Artist Keith Pettit will be demonstrating engraving in elm wood, highlighting the unique qualities that has lent it to many uses throughout the capital’s history and in art, and in contemporary art such as that by Henry Moore. www.keithpettit.co.uk.
Join Big Bang Data curators Olga Subirós and José Luis de Vicente in conversation about the exhibition and its origins. The talk will be chaired by Big Bang Data artist Usman Haque. The exhibition asks how the “datafication of the world” is transforming our society—from scientific study, government agencies, businesses, and arts and culture.
13.15-13.35 (excluding the Christmas break Dec 16 - Jan 6)
These 20 minute talks led by the Learning team will highlight some of the key themes and concepts behind the exhibition, giving you a unique insight into the world of data, and the artists, designers and projects that have tackled emerging technological information in creative and surprising ways.
Spotlight tours are free with your exhibition ticket. Spaces are limited so will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Discover Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, scientific curiosity and naval power, extravagant entertainments and 'the King's Shilling', as we lead you from the airy lightwells of graceful staircases to the atmospheric Deadhouse.