Talks and tours
Somerset House Studios

Anabasis to Dora curated by Eloise Hawser #4

Mid-August, date tbc
Somerset House
& surrounding area

'Anabasis to Dora' is a programme of multi-site visits curated by artist Eloise Hawser, based on research into unusual and contested spaces, museums and collections around the UK.

So far Somerset House has served as our meeting point for trips elsewhere; in July, we'll turn our attention inwards to our own building. We will start with a walk through Somerset House's basement vaults, tracing their transformation from being offices of government bureaucracy to now housing small enterprises, start-ups, and artist studios. Next, we'll examine the now-stranded Watergate and see the King's barge ensconced in the edifice of the lower galleries. After, we'll visit one of the other notable seats of power located in close proximity to Somerset House, which include the Royal Courts of Justice, the Inner and Middle Temple Inns of Court, and the many Livery Companies of the City of London. Further details to follow.

The Anabasis Tours website serves as a record of the trips, to which attendees will be invited to add images, text and other contributions. This open-ended process is intended to form a starting point for new modes of exchange.

Anabasis to Dora 1a

how to attend

Preference will be given to those with experience or demonstrable interest in fields of particular relevance to each site visit, and attendees will be invited to document the trip in some way to share with the dedicated site.

If you are interested in joining us on this trip please send an email to by no later than Friday 14 July 2017, telling us in no more than 100 words why you are interested in this particular tour. We will let you know if we're able to confirm your place by Friday 21 July 2017. The trip is limited to a group of 12 people, due to the nature of the sites being visited, so if you would like to attend, get in touch as soon as possible.