From 27 Jun 2018

East Wing Edit

27 Jun - 22 Aug 2018
East Wing
Somerset House

Our East Wing Edit presents a summer of free activity for all ages, offering a unique insight into our core events and exhibitions including Print! Tearing it Up, Somerset House Summer Series, Film4 Summer Screen, Circus Sampler and Process! You'll find displays, workshops, talks, performances and pop-ups that engage in wider discussions about the creative processes and industry.

Our programme for 2018 celebrates creative pioneers that have shaped or are shaping culture by investigating the world we live in. The East Wing Edit will delve deeper into the stories showcased in our summer season, offering visitors the chance to meet artists, collectives and organisations who are working collaboratively, testing new material and making work which challenges boundaries.

East Wing Live

Friday afternoons | 13.00 - 14.00

The Influence Project exhibition will host free, live music sets each Friday afternoon. Co-programmed by two Somerset House Residents, MOBO and Music For Youth, expect to see up-and-coming musical talent playing stripped back sets, surrounded by Alexis Chabala's photographic portraits of key R&B, Soul and Hip Hop pioneers.

As part of the East Wing Edit, Music for Youth is excited to showcase young talent that has emerged through both their Frequencies and New Music Stage projects.

MOBO will be showcasing talent from their MOBO UnSung programme. MOBO UnSung is one of the country’s strongest talent competitions for unsigned artists producing original work.

TUESDAY TALKS | 13.00 - 14.00

Every Tuesday from 03 Jul to 21 Aug

Inspiring talks from industry insiders curated by our weekly Takeovers.

SATURDAY DROP-INS | 11.00 - 14.00

Every Saturday from 30 Jun to 18 Aug

Interactive sessions where you can discover more about the creative industry and processes.


Over the eight weeks, selected organisations, collectives and artists will inhabit the East Wing to showcase their work, opening up their processes and inspirations to visitors through a series of free talks and workshops.

Week 1 | 27 Jun – 03 Jul 2018

A collective of socially conscious artists, co-founded by Lalah Hathaway, spearheading the movement for musical integrity and activism. The space will display several video installations of iconic jazz musicians exploring the intersection of art and activism, with listening stations and key reading materials to explore. Ambassadors include Robert Glasper, Christian Scott and Shabaka Hutchings. You can expect pop-up performances from Hathaway and other guests, with indepth discussions around the power of music for social change.

Week 2 & 3 | 04 – 17 Jul 2018
Rye Wax Records

Founded in 2014, Rye Wax is an independent record shop, restaurant, bar and event space situated in Copeland Park, Peckham. At the core of the Rye Wax ethos is a desire to shine a light on music that they feel is underrepresented or marginalised within the wider music industry, providing a space for countercultural movements to flourish.

Rye Wax will be transplanting its small but fully-fledged vinyl record shop into the East Wing for the week. The focus will be on discovery and different ways of interacting with music through the shop, from turntable listening stations to live performances. As well as a varied selection of essential vinyl, they'll be selling a broad range of high-quality independent print representing photography, writing and illustration that touches on art, activism, gender, culture, sexuality and music.

Week 5 | 25 – 31 Jul 2018
Stack Magazines celebrate Stack Awards

Makerversity resident and contributors to Print! Tearing it UpStack is the subscription service for independent magazines, delivering a different magazine to thousands of subscribers around the world every month. Subscribers never know what they’re going to receive next, but they do know it will be a beautiful, intelligent print surprise that they probably wouldn’t otherwise have come across. 

To mark the launch of the Stack Awards 2018, Stack will showcase the winners and commended titles from last year’s competition, giving visitors a one-off chance to see the magazines themselves, the judges’ comments and the highly coveted Stack Awards trophies.

Week 6 | 01 – 07 Aug 2018
Delayed Gratification

Delayed Gratification is the world’s first Slow Journalism magazine. It’s a beautiful printed quarterly publication, launched in 2011, which revisits the events of the previous three months to see what happened after the dust settled and the news agenda moved on. It is proud to be ‘Last to Breaking News’, giving an antidote to kneejerk, Twitter-driven coverage. The magazine is proudly published from Makerversity at Somerset House.

In the magazine's week-long East Wing Edit you can expect to enjoy a gallery of the best infographics from the first seven years of Delayed Gratification, covering everything from gun violence to the career of Alan Partridge to the definitive guide to how to win an Oscar. We'll be hosting special classes on magazine craft, with opportunities to join in an editorial brainstorming session, as well as putting on talks from some of our best journalists and editors. It'll be a great opportunity to see under the lid of an independent magazine that's made a name for its in-depth, non-partisan journalism and gorgeous design.

Week 7 | 08 – 14 Aug 2018 will open its vaults to screen a ‘tutti-frutti” selection of some of the best award-winning short film from around the world. There will be an opportunity to watch anything from documentaries, drama and comedy to animation, horror and experimental - all under ten minutes long. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to vote for the Somerset House Screening award - which will go to the most popular film voted for by the event audience. will also be hosting a series of informal lunch time discussion with emerging and experienced filmmakers where questions are definitely encouraged. 

Details of their app, and their upcoming film festival together with information on how to enter and how to become eligible for The Craghoppes Film Prize (which awards £34,000 annually) will be all available, along with handouts with practical advice for short filmmakers by award winning Directors. Come and 

Week 8 | 15 – 22 Aug 2018
Little White Lies

For our final week of Film4 Summer Screen, we've invited bi-monthly film magazine Little White Lies to host the East Wing, championing great movies and the people who make them. Combining cutting-edge design, illustration and journalism, they’ve been described as being “at the vanguard of the independent publishing movement”. Their reviews feature a unique tripartite ranking system the captures the different aspects of the movie-going experience. They also host an essential weekly podcast, Truth & Movies presented by James Richardson.


27 Jun – 22 Aug 2018
The Influence Project

An exhibition featuring never-seen-before photographic portraits of pioneers of R&B, Funk, Soul, Afrobeat and Hip Hop. The Influence Project investigates the connections between legendary and emerging pioneers, reaching across time to shape the sound that we hear today. The exhibition features The Roots and Jorja Smith both of whom are performing as part of Somerset House Summer Series this year.


25 Jul – 07 Aug 2018
Circus Sampler

Complementing the two free weekends of original contemporary circus presented in partnership with Crying Out Loud in the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, the East Wing Edit will host talks and an exhibition titled Circus Originals, including a compelling new installation from artist Rose English. Learn about the history of circus, watch short films and uncover a selection of the pioneers and new thinkers who have transformed contemporary circus.

Eat and Drink

HEJ Eco Pop-up
Daily, 27 Jun – 22 Aug 2018

Open daily across the summer, HEJ will create a pop-up bar and café selling eco-friendly products to enjoy while you explore the East Wing, plus there's a curated selection of independent magazines and literature.