The Horror Show, photo collage of Margret Thatcher and Jordan
Coming soon

The Horror Show!

A Twisted Tale of Modern Britain

27 Oct 2022 – 19 Feb 2023
£16.50/£12.00 conc

Opening Times

Tue 10.00 - 18.00 (last entry 17.00)
Wed 10.00 - 18.00 (last entry 17.00)
Thu 10.00 - 21.00 (last entry 20.00)
Fri 10.00 - 21.00 (last entry 20.00)
Sat 10.00 - 18.00 (last entry 17.00)
Sun 10.00 - 18.00 (last entry 17.00)

Seasonal Opening Times, as above except

Sat 24 Dec 10.00 - 16.00 (last entry 15.00)
Sun 25 Dec CLOSED
Mon 26 Dec CLOSED
27 - 30 Dec Open as normal
Sat 31 Dec 10.00 - 16.00 (last entry 15.00)
Sun 01 Jan CLOSED
Mon 02 Jan CLOSED
Embankment Galleries
South Wing

An exhibition from the dark side, celebrating our greatest cultural provocateurs and visionaries. 

This autumn, Somerset House invites visitors to journey into the underbelly of Britain’s cultural psyche. Through some of our country’s most provocative artists, landmark exhibition The Horror Show! presents an alternative perspective on modern Britain. Told in three acts – Monster, Ghost and Witch – it takes you on a heady ride through the past 50 years of counter-cultural movements, from the disruptive stance of 1970s punk to the enchanted otherness of modern witchcraft today, showing how through turbulent times, the subversive makes sense of the world around us. 

Celebrating the mavericks who draw inspiration from the monstrous, the mystic and the magical, The Horror Show! sets the stage for a spellbinding spectacle of art, music and film with over 150 works and cultural objects from artists including: Gazelle Twin, Tai Shani, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Juno Calypso, Jenkin Van Zyl, Laura Grace Ford, Linder, Cornelia Parker, David Shrigley, Jamie ReidDerek Jarman, Helen Chadwick, Marc Almond, Derek Ridgers, Noel Fielding, Pam Hogg, Rachel Whiteread, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, and Tyreis Holder.  

The Horror Show! is co-curated by Claire Catterall, Somerset House’s Senior Curator, with Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, artists and filmmakers, resident at Somerset House Studios.

Content guidance: This exhibition contains some graphic and disturbing artworks and therefore may not be suitable for children under 12 or under. Parental guidance advised.