SKATE at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason © David Jensen

Autumn/Winter 2018-19 at Somerset House Announced


• Major winter exhibition GOOD GRIEF, CHARLIE BROWN! Celebrating Peanuts and its Cultural Legacy showcases contemporary works inspired by Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang alongside rarely-seen, original drawings from creator Charles M. Schulz
• Annual winter favourite Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason returns complete with Skate Lates and festive pop-ups Fortnum’s Lodge and Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade
• First major solo UK exhibition from internationally renowned South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga challenges perceptions of cultural identity in the post-apartheid era
• British artist and Somerset House Studios resident Hannah Perry explores issues relating to individual and collective welfare in a new solo exhibition
• Somerset House Studios unveils new programme including AGM – a late-night building takeover, and the launch of ASSEMBLY – a contemporary electronic and experimental music festival




Celebrating Peanuts and its Cultural Legacy

25 October 2018 – 3 March 2019

Embankment Galleries, Somerset House, London

£14/£11 concessions

This autumn, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and co. come to Somerset House in a cultural celebration of the world’s most influential comic strip, Peanuts.  This landmark exhibition showcases the rarely-seen, original drawings of the cartoon’s creator Charles M. Schulz, alongside works inspired by Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang, from some of today’s most exciting artists and designers. GOOD GRIEF, CHARLIE BROWN! Celebrating Peanuts and its Cultural Legacy explores the impact of the most successful comic strip of all time on the contemporary cultural landscape, uncovering the social, political and philosophical complexities told through the four-panel comic strip that have spoken to scores of artists and designers in their own work.

In partnership with the Charles M Schulz Museum and Research Center in California, this major exhibition features over 100 comic strips and personal artefacts from the Schulz Museum, and contemporary works from contributors including KAWS, Fiona Banner, Ryan Gander, and Ken Kagami amongst many others.

Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason

14 November 2018 – 13 January 2019

The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court,
Tickets on sale in September

The capital’s ultimate winter destination for stylish skating, contemporary music, festive shopping and gourmet food and drink returns on 14 November, heralding the start of the festive season. Visitors to Somerset House will see the neoclassical courtyard transformed into a wintry haven complete with a stunning 40ft Christmas tree and hidden surprises from major winter exhibition, GOOD GRIEF, CHARLIE BROWN! There will also be special events and activities on offer for all ages across the season, including our ever-popular skating lessons with Skate School and Polar Cub Club, and a brand new series of Skate Lates featuring leading DJs on rink-side decks bringing nightlife like no other. Skate at Somerset House and Fortnum & Mason partner for the fifth year, and off the ice, visitors can view the vibrant spectacle from the comfort of pop-up alpine restaurant Fortnum’s Lodge, or enjoy a spot of festive shopping at Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade which sees the best from the iconic grocer.

Athi-Patra Ruga: Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions
4 October 2018 - 7 January 2019

Part of the Charles Russell Speechlys Terrace Room Series, Terrace Rooms, Free

This October, Somerset House and 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair are proud to present new and rarely seen works from internationally renowned South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga. In his first major solo UK exhibition, Ruga brings three recent series of work together for the first time to unveil a surreal, mythical utopia, filled with a collection of extraordinary characters. Showcasing his diverse practice, from drawings and sculpture to film and photography, plus beautiful hand-crafted petit point tapestry, the exhibition immerses visitors in Ruga’s vibrant world – an allegory of post-apartheid political, cultural and social systems, and a shimmering vision of a more humanist future.

 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair

4 – 7 October 2018

Somerset House site-wide,
Tickets £20/£15 concessions

Founded in 2013, 1-54 is the leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. This autumn marks 1-54’s sixth consecutive edition at Somerset House, London, having returned from its fourth New York edition this May. Striving to promote diverse perspectives, 1-54 features leading international galleries specialising in contemporary African art, accompanied by a FORUM talks curated by Ekow Eshun and Special Projects programme. Having launched a successful first edition on the African continent in Marrakech in February 2018, 1-54 Marrakech will return to La Mamounia in 2019. Further information available at

London Design Biennale

4 – 23 September 2018

Somerset House site-wide, Tickets from £16.50

Returning for its second edition, London Design Biennale will see some of the world’s most exciting and ambitious designers, innovators and cultural bodies, from over 40 countries, cities and territories, take over the entirety of Somerset House in response to the theme of Emotional States.

The prestigious global exhibition will provide visitors with a unique opportunity to interact with new commissioned work by world-leading architects, designers, scientists, writers and artists, from AI, robotics and virtual reality to immersive digital installations, performances and renderings of the future. Sustainability, migration and conflict, civic responsibility, pollution, water, social equality, and innovative solutions for issues in 21st-century life are just some of the big issues of our time which will be explored.

The V&A will curate the UK entry, and have collaborated with Turner Prize shortlisted Forensic Architecture, who through the support and training of members of the Yazidi people – who have faced destruction at the hands of the Islamic State – will present an exhibition exploring how innovative methods of digital design and image capture can enable on-the-ground DIY cultural heritage preservation.

Hannah Perry

4 October – 4 November 2018

River Rooms, New Wing, Free

British artist and Somerset House Studios resident, Hannah Perry, presents a major body of new work in her first solo exhibition in the UK since 2015.

Drawing inspiration from her own personal experiences, Perry explores the complexities of our inner worlds, everyday physical and mental endurance, and the necessity of interdependence in our hyper-technological society.

Featuring a large-scale, dynamic audio-visual installation, the exhibition includes a diverse range of disciplines from sound, light and technology to dance, spoken word, and moving image. Informed by a series of collaborations with leading contemporary musicians, dancers and young people, Perry seeks to engage and inspire dialogue around urgent issues relating to our individual and collective welfare.

International Fashion Showcase

11 – 25 February 2019
West Wing, Free

The International Fashion Showcase (IFS) nurtures up-and-coming fashion talent from around the world, and is a partnership between Somerset House, British Council, British Fashion Council and London College of Fashion. 

In August, Somerset House Studios will welcome 15 cutting-edge fashion designers from five continents for a week in residence, ahead of their collections being shown in a compelling series of installations during London Fashion Week in February 2019. Immersed within the creative community at Somerset House, the designers will explore, test and develop a series of creative projects, and the collaborations will form part of their installations and the wider exhibition in February 2019. This is when designers will return to London to show menswear and womenswear designs exploring topical issues and present new ideas that are shaping fashion globally. 

The IFS was established in 2012 as a platform for emerging fashion designers to exhibit their work during London Fashion Week. Bringing cutting edge fashion design to London from around the globe, IFS invites us to explore different cultures and consider current world issues through fashion. To date, IFS has showcased more than 600 designers from 70 countries.  


Friday 5 October 2018

Somerset House Studios, 19.00-00.00
Early bird tickets £7 

This October for the first time, Somerset House Studios opens its doors for the inaugural Annual General Meeting (AGM). For one night, the Studios’ artist community takes over the former Inland Revenue building with live DJ sets, late night installations, performances and more. Offering visitors rare access to the refurbished underground residencies, AGM features Beatrice Dillon, Hannah Perry, Brood Ma & Rescund (Quantum Natives), HMURD, Jacob Samuel, Marija Bozinovska Jones featuring MBJ Wetware, COTCH International, Resis’Dance and more. Explore the unique spaces below stairs, from the repurposed Navy rifle range and the Inland Revenue Snooker Rooms to the vaulted studios built into the very infrastructure of Waterloo Bridge, alongside late access to the Hannah Perry and TBCTV exhibitions.  The full programme will be announced in July.

Wednesday 3 – Sunday 7 October

Lancaster Rooms, New Wing, 11.00-18.00, Free
Theatre performances from 19.30, tickets on-sale July

Taking the form of a TV studio, a new installation opens this October from Studios residents Mel Brimfield, Ewan Jones Morris and Chloe Lamford. TBCTV will house both new live theatre and film screenings, including works by artists Sol Calero & Dafna Maimon, Kalup Linzy, Tamy Ben Tor, Rachel Maclean, Bedwyr Williams, Mary Reid Kelley and more. The diverse screening programme will include character-based monologue, adaptation and found footage collage whilst short plays will be staged by the likes of award-winning Welsh playwright and screenwriter, Tim Price, each performed by a small company of actors. TBCTV is commissioned and supported by the Case Foundation.

Friday 16 – Sunday 18 November 2018

Somerset House Studios, 12.00 onwards,
Full line-up announcement and tickets on-sale July

November sees the launch of ASSEMBLY, a celebration of contemporary electronic and experimental music and the makers behind it, curated by Somerset House Studios. Putting artistic process and community at the forefront, this weekend series will feature newly commissioned performances, installations and discussions, including two Case Foundation commissions, from the Studios’ artists, their communities and the best international talent. Details of the line-up will be announced in July.


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About Somerset House

Inspiring contemporary culture

One of the city’s most spectacular and well-loved spaces, Somerset House is a new kind of arts centre in the heart of London, designed for today’s audiences, artists and creatives – an inspirational community where contemporary culture is imagined, created and experienced.

From its 18th Century origins, Somerset House has played a central role in our society as a place where our culture and collective understanding of the world is shaped and defined. In 2000, it began its reinvention as a cultural powerhouse and home for arts and culture today, creating unique and stimulating experiences for the public, bringing them into direct contact with ideas from the greatest artists, makers and thinkers of our time. Our distinctive and dynamic year-round programme spans the contemporary arts in all its forms, from cutting-edge exhibitions and installations to annual festivals, seasonal events in the courtyard including Film4 Summer Screen, Summer Series and Skate, and an extensive learning and engagement programme.

As well as welcoming over 3million visitors annually, Somerset House houses the largest and most diverse creative communities in the country – from one-person start-ups to successful creative enterprises including MOBO, British Fashion Council, Dance Umbrella, Improbable Theatre, Hofesh Schecter Company, and Dartmouth Films.

In 2016 we launched Somerset House Studios – a new experimental workspace connecting artists, makers and thinkers with audiences. Currently housing over 80 artists and Makerversity (a community of over 250 emergent makers), the Studios are a platform for the development of new creative projects and collaboration, promoting work that pushes bold ideas, engages with urgent issues and pioneers new technologies.