The Charles Russell Speechlys Terrace Rooms Series

The Charles Russell Speechlys Terrace Room Series is a new series of free exhibitions, which will profile the work of living artists in one of the most accessible spaces at Somerset House, bringing the public into contact with a diverse and engaging range of creative thinkers.

The series provides a platform for artists to develop and amplify the messages within their practice and engage openly with Somerset House’s visitors. Every exhibition in the Charles Russell Speechlys Terrace Room series is free and contributes to our on-going commitment to public access and engagement with arts and culture.

The series began with Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane, a homecoming exhibition of the British-Moroccan artist, showcasing his vibrant fusion of contemporary cultures through new and celebrated works. The exhibition was the first UK solo show of his work in six years, celebrating his playful but political works which fuse traditional North African culture with familiar Western imagery and iconography.  

The second exhibition in the series was Eloise Hawser: By the deep, by the mark. Taking Somerset House’s close relationship with the River Thames and Victoria Embankment as its starting point, By the deep, by the mark took you on a journey through a three dimensional mind-map of sculptures, audiovisual displays, medical hardware and archival materials, suggesting playful parallels between extraordinary feats of civil engineering and the intricate inner workings of the human body.

The third exhibition in the series Print! Tearing It Up explored the history and impact of the British independent magazine scene today. The exhibition charted the evolution of polemic and progressive print publications and celebrated the current diverse industry of innovative independent magazines. 

The fourth exhibition in the series, Athi-Patra Ruga: Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions, featured new and rarely seen works from the internationally renowned South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga.

The fifth exhibition Hanna Moon & Joyce Ng: English as a Second Language celebrated the work of two of the most exciting photographers working in fashion today, Hanna Moon and Joyce Ng. In a rapidly changing British landscape, the exhibition will celebrate the vitality of international perspectives within our multi-cultural society.

Somerset House and leading law firm Charles Russell Speechlys have come together to make this series possible. Charles Russell Speechlys has a long history in law and have carefully and deliberately designed a firm with equal strength in commercial and personal law, taking their client’s considerations into account. Charles Russell Speechlys works with a variety of organisations of different sizes, including supporting growth enterprises throughout their business life cycle. Somerset House and Charles Russell Speechlys share a commitment to collaborative working practices and through this series are committed to sharing skills, knowledge and experience as part of a mutually-beneficial partnership.