A mew way to set
Talks and tours

Night Walk of Night Work

Thu 14 Nov 2019
18.30 - 21.30
£18.00 / £15.00 concessions

18.30 for 19.00 departure, finishing approx. 21.30 at El Vino on Fleet Street.

Meeting point
Bryn Williams bar, South Wing

Artist Eloise Hawser leads a night walk tracing Fleet Street's vanished 24-hour print industry. Hawser will guide you on a journey of architectural, mechanical and electrical exploration of the city.

In conjunction with our 24/7 exhibition, this night walk will trace Fleet Street’s vanished newspaper industry ‘after-hours’. Starting at Somerset House’s Bryn Williams Bar and finishing at El Vino Fleet Street.

Fleet Street was the home of Britain’s newspaper industry right up until the 1980s, this part of London essentially being an all-hours factory for the production and dissemination of the news. The walk will focus on the kinds of labour and material printing processes employed to keep the news cycle churning. Hot-metal printing that was popular before the 1980s, for example, necessitated that production runs through the night to meet the demand for the morning’s dailies. By contrast, in contemporary forms of digital media and ‘immaterial production’, labour works remotely, and stories are disseminated on a more immediate and virtual plane.

About the artist guide

Eloise Hawser is an artist at Somerset House Studios. She has exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally. Her first UK solo institutional exhibition, Lives on Wire, was presented by the ICA in 2015. Recent group shows include History of Nothing, White Cube, Weighted Data, Tate Britain, Surround Audience, Triennial, New Museum, New York, NY and Europe, Europe, Astrup, Fearnley Museum, Oslo.

Whilst in residence at Somerset House, Eloise has been researching defunct, unusual and contested sites from the industrial, military and transport sectors, and exhibited solo show By The Deep By The Mark on site in 2018.

Please note: This event includes entry into our 24/7 exhibition on Thursday 14 November, prior to the start of the walk.