Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court

Commercial event activity underpins our diverse cultural programme

25 Feb 2020

Somerset House, London’s working arts centre and one of the capital’s best loved public spaces, generated over £2 million through its commercial events activity last year. These funds were invested back into supporting the upkeep of our historic site for over 3 million visitors to enjoy annually, as well as our diverse programme exploring contemporary culture.

As an independent self-sustaining charity, Somerset House receives no regular public funding. Commercial events activity therefore plays a significant part in helping us achieve our ambitions, which include:

  • Presenting 33 exhibitions, 26 of which could be enjoyed for free.
  • Supporting over 800 young people through its Creative Careers Programme, including launching the Creative Careers Academy work placement initiative.
  • Supporting 73 artists and their teams of 177 people as part of Somerset House Studios providing subsidised studio space and support to devise and develop new work.
  • Welcoming over 4,000 people for Somerset House tours.

Our event organisers are often asked to find tangible details of what they are giving back to society and the wider world in terms of corporate social responsibility.  Somerset House is home to the UK’s largest and most exciting creative community, offering a unique combination of compelling and accessible public events, enterprise and artistic practice.  Organisers hosting their events here can be confident that their events are directly supporting an organisation offering immense value to an audience that goes far beyond just the attendees at a commercial event.

Further information about hosting your event at Somerset House, as well as the success of our cultural programme are available directly from our team on 020 7845 4618 or via events@somersethouse.org.uk