Morgan Stanley Lates 13 Apr showing audiences gathered in the courtyard at Somerset House
Morgan Stanley Lates

Morgan Stanley Lates at Somerset House with The Courtauld

Wed 10 Apr 2024
18.00 - 22.00

Enjoy after-hours access to our courtyard and acclaimed exhibitions at Somerset House and The Courtauld, with Morgan Stanley Lates. Experience our major courtyard installation from Zheng Bo, live music from Livia Rita, a DJ set from Norsicaa, inflatable workshops with Agnes Cameron, plus delicious food from Chubby Dumpling and drinks from KERB. There's also the chance to catch the Cute and Now Play This exhibitions at Somerset House, Frank Auerbach. The Charcoal Heads, a curator tour and workshops at The Courtauld.

Ticket Types & Prices


General admission to activities in the Courtyard are free to everyone, but advance booking is recommended.

Those aged 25 and under additionally receive free entry into The Courtauld Gallery.

Those aged over 25 can pay an additional entry fee of £10.00 to visit The Courtauld Gallery.

Now Play This

Now Play This will be open throughout the event. These spaces have limited capacity and therefore admission will be managed on a first come first served basis. Those aged 25 and under receive free entry, and those aged over 25 will be able to purchase tickets priced £6.50 in person.


CUTE will be open throughout the event, however, due to the popularity of the exhibition, we strongly advise booking in advance if you wish to see the show as part of Morgan Stanley Lates.

There will be a strictly limited number of free tickets for those aged 25 and under. More information on how to claim your free ticket will be sent to bookers who have selected the General Admission U25 ticket type, prior to the event.



Zheng Bo: Bamboo As Method

A large scale new commission from Hong-Kong based artist Zheng Bo, transforming Somerset House’s courtyard into a bamboo garden.

This site specific and participatory installation creates a place for contemplation and serves as a reminder of the restorative qualities of nature within the urban landscape of Somerset House and central London.

Livia Rita

Weaving spells through tender melodies and earthy beats, the avant-pop artist and Alpine witch Livia Rita performs a special live set.

Joined by dancers and musicians from the Avantgardeners’ Collective, Rita’s tender, sirenesque melodies combine with feral movement and ethereal textures to create a signature sonic experience.



Norsicaa is an Australian-Malaysian DJ and record collector based in London. An acclaimed performer for over a decade, she's contributed essential mixes to The Vinyl Factory, Stamp The Wax and Phonica Records, as well as playing live on Boiler Room. She’s also general manager of the independent record label Soundway Records, which recently celebrated its 21st anniversary.

Agnes Cameron

Agnes Cameron is an artist and engineer. Her practice involves the creation of systems and environments, using a range of digital and analogue technologies. Her work with inflatables follows in the tradition of cybernetic and utopian architectures, questioning how we create living systems.

Agnes will be running a drop-in workshop in the Courtyard to collectively build a new inflatable.

Kaleider's Twist and Shine

Kaleider’s Twist and Shine is a beautiful landscape of interactive light sculptures. They are made out of interconnected prisms that can be twisted into thousands of different shapes.

Every time someone alters the sculpture, they’re inheriting their starting point from the people before them. By transforming the shape, we change the landscape and add to the sculpture’s story. Visitors can work together, or simply witness others playing.




Our major new exhibition explores the irresistible force of cuteness in contemporary culture. 

Due to the popularity of the exhibition, we strongly advise booking in advance if you wish to see the show as part of Morgan Stanley Lates.

There will be a strictly limited number of free tickets for those aged 25 and under. More information on how to claim your free ticket will be sent to bookers who have selected the General Admission U25 ticket type, prior to the event.

Now Play This

Now Play This, the UK’s leading experimental games festival, showcases the very latest in independent and innovative game design from across the globe. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the festival offers engaging interaction and play for all ages to enjoy, fusing art and games with a new themed edition, Liminal: Playing Between Worlds


Food & Drinks


Street food legends are back with a special Lates pop-up bar.

Chubby Dumpling

Chubby Dumpling is brought to you by father-daughter duo Joe and Chantel, who serve delicious, handmade dumplings made to Joe's original recipes from their converted 1992 fire engine.





Drawing Masterclass with London Fine Art Studios
Third floor, 18.00 - 20.00

Spend an evening exploring the work in The Griffin Catalyst Exhibition: Frank Auerbach: The Charcoal Heads with London Fine Art Studios

Classically trained artists from London Fine Art Studios will guide you through the process of drawing an Auerbach inspired portrait, looking at how he created such characterful and moody work, and how you can too.

London Fine Art Studios is a classical art atelier based in Battersea that teaches the fundamentals of drawing and painting from life, inspired by the tradition of the old masters. 

This event is free and open to all with valid entry to The Courtauld. All materials are supplied.

Curator Tour - The Griffin Catalyst Exhibition: Frank Auerbach. The Charcoal Heads
Third Floor, 20.00 - 20.20

An exclusive tour of Auerbach’s extraordinary post-war drawings, made in the 1950s and early 1960s and brought together as a comprehensive group for the first time, alongside a selection of paintings he made of the same sitters. The exhibition is a unique opportunity to see early masterpieces by one of the world’s most celebrated living artists.

"Thrillingly alive" The Guardian


Frank Auerbach, Self-Portrait,1958

Sounds Like Art
Third floor, 20.30 - 22.00

The Courtauld Institute of Art and The Royal Academy of Music invite you to a series of short performances of music and words to draw you closer The Courtauld Gallery's collection. Visit Manet's A Bar at the Folies Bergere to hear from the barmaid herself and experience a new lament on the uneasy scene of Gaugin's Nevermore

This collaboration brings together postgraduate students from both institutions, combining their skills in art history, music performance and contemporary composition. It features music and literature contemporary with the period of The Courtauld’s collection, as well as brand new creative responses. 

This session is led by Dr Charlotte de Mille, author and Associate Lecturer of the Courtauld Institute, and Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, multimedia composer and Lecturer at the Royal Academy of Music.


Food & Drink at The Courtauld

Art Café
Ground Floor

Striking, stylish yet relaxed and welcoming, Art Café will be serving drinks and snacks from 18.00 - 21.00. The warm, vibrant interior has been inspired by the bohemian creativity of the Bloomsbury Group; and a colour palette favoured by the designs and creations of the Omega Workshop


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