Young people enjoying workshops and talks, presented in a collage style.
Talks & Exhibition

BLACK VENUS Upgrade Yourself Takeover

Fri 11 Aug
For 18-30 year olds
Seamen's Hall
South Wing

Upgrade Yourself is taking over our summer exhibition BLACK VENUS for one night only. This free event supports emerging and aspiring creatives aged 18-30 the chance to make meaningful connections with likeminded individuals and network with industry professionals.  

Upgrade Yourself, Somerset House's creative skills programme aimed at deepening and widening engagement, looks to remove barriers and increase representation in the cultural sector, with a focus on young aspiring and emerging creative talent. 

Your free ticket gives you access to:

  • After-hours entry to BLACK VENUS, an exhibition bringing together the work of 18 Black women and non-binary artists to explore the othering, fetishisation and reclamation of narratives around Black femininity. 
  • The chance to book an add-on workshop that explores identity and your creative practice (limited capacity).
  • A talk with exhibition curator Aindrea Emelife, who shares her career journey and insights into her creative process
  • The Upgrade Yourself Social – with a medley of perfectly curated tunes from Black female-identifying musicians, DJ CAFFY will be providing the soundtrack for the Upgrade Yourself Social. Grab a free drink at the bar, meet likeminded creatives as part of our networking activations and chat to industry experts, exhibition contributors and Somerset House residents to find out more about working in the creative sector. The social also features a projection-based activation led by artist Joke Amusan, which will evolve throughout the evening, based on contributions from guests. 


18.00-19.00 Reclaiming Identity workshop
Developed and delivered by Deji Tiwo, the session will explore navigating and nurturing identity through conversation and a unique craft activity (for workshop ticket holders only)

19.00-22.00 Upgrade Yourself Social and late night opening of BLACK VENUS

19.30-20.00 CuratorTalk
Aindrea Emelife
will talk about BLACK VENUS, her creative practice and incredible journey to becoming a curator