This autumn Somerset House presents a major exhibition celebrating our greatest cultural provocateurs and visionaries, examining how ideas rooted in horror have informed the last 50 years of creative rebellion in Britain.
Tues-Sun 10.00-18.00 (Thurs/Fri until 21.00)
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in London, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair returns to Somerset House with its flagship edition over the course of four days from 13 – 16 October 2022.
VIP preview 11:00 – 18:00 Thursday 13 October Public opening hours 10:00 – 19:00 Friday 14 October 10:00 – 19:00 Saturday 15 October 10:00 – 19:00 Sunday 16 October
The final gallery list for Photo London includes 100 exhibitors from around the world, making the 2022 edition one of our most exciting fairs to date.
Thursday 12:00 - 21:00 Friday 12:00 - 19:00 Saturday 12:00–19:00 Sunday 12:00 – 18:30
Somerset House welcomes back visitors with a thrilling new open-air experience in its spectacular courtyard. Featuring dodgems with a difference, bold installations from acclaimed artists and a delicious selection of food and drinks
Mon-Fri, 10.00-18.00 - Sat & Sun
A rather too brief exhibition, well hidden away in the bowels of Somerset House and not mentioned in the official handout listing what is currently on view in the main gallery spaces there, raises many questions that aren’t being asked in our rather smug London contemporary art world. Entitled The Artist + AI, it is a compact solo show for an American artist called Scott Eaton.
25 June 2019
Exhibition curated by Courtauld students on the MA Curating the Art Museum programme exploring how intimate relationships and collective histories affect an individual’s sense of self.
Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun 10.00-18.00, Wed-Fri 11.00-20.00
Good Grief, Charlie Brown! brings together Charles M. Schulz original Peanuts cartoons with work from a wide range of acclaimed contemporary artists and designers who have been inspired by this highly influential and much-loved cartoon.
Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun 10.00 - 18.00, Wed - Fri 11.00 - 20.00
New and rarely seen works from the internationally renowned South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga.
Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun 10.00 - 18.00, Wed - Fri 11.00 - 20.00
Hannah Perry presents a captivating and poignant exhibition featuring large-scale dynamic sculpture, sound and film, in a candid and personal exploration of mental and emotional health in our contemporary, hyper-networked society.
Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun 10.00-18.00, Wed – Fri 11.00-20.00 Except Fri 05 Oct - closes to the public for the day at 17.00
The fair will welcome 43 leading galleries from countries across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America, presenting over 130 artists from Africa and its diaspora.
Wednesday 3 October by invitation only Thursday 4 Oct, 11:00 – 19:00 Friday 5 Oct, 11:00 – 19:00 Saturday 6 Oct, 11:00 – 19:00 Sunday 7 Oct, 11:00 – 18:00
There are some thought-provoking and informative photography exhibitions on show in London at the moment. Ranging from the Barbican’s Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins which explores subjects on the edge of society to the four artists shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018 at the Photographers’ gallery. Also just opened is the Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography which shows together Oscar Rejlander (1813–75), Lewis Carroll (1832–98), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79) and Lady Clementina Hawarden (1822-65). Here is a selection of what’s on offer.
28 February 2018
Tracing its way from the ruins of Britain and Germany to the suburbs of contemporary Holland, an exhibition that takes you on a Sebaldian journey from the ruins of 1945 to the present day.
Tuesday – Saturday: 11.30 - 17.30 (until 19.30 Wednesdays), Sunday: 14.30 - 17.30
Go back in time to the dawn of photography with Thresholds, a new virtual reality artwork by Mat Collishaw.
During Photo London: 18 May 12.00-20.30, 19 & 20 May 12.00-19.30, 21 May 12.00-18.30 Then: (22 May – 11 Jun) Sat – Tue 10.00-18.00 & Wed – Fri 11.00-20.00
Now in its third edition, Photo London has established itself as a world-class photography fair and as a catalyst for London’s dynamic photography community.
Thurs 12-8.30pm Fri/Sat 12-7.30pm Sun 12-6.30pm
A complete celebration of the medium of photography.
The Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr – 2017 Exhibition features rich and fascinating photographic stories from key figures and emerging talent of the photography scene today.
Mon-Fri 10.00-21.00 (except Mon 01 May 10.00-20.00), Sat & Sun 10.00-20.00
The Syngenta Photography Award is a celebration of artistic skill and outstanding photography which aims to draw attention to, and stimulate dialogue around, key global challenges. This year’s award invited professional and amateur photographers from all over the world to submit applications responding to the theme of ‘Grow-Conserve’.
Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun 10.00-18.00 (until 17.00 on wed 22 March)
Somerset House Studios is a new experimental workspace within Somerset House connecting around 300 artists, makers, and thinkers with audiences.
26 October 2016
The Ben Uri Gallery and Museum started life as an Art Society founded by Jewish émigrés in London’s Whitechapel 1915 and is the oldest Jewish cultural organisation in the UK. To mark its centenary, the gallery is staging a celebratory exhibition in Somerset House (2 July-13 December 2015).
17 July 2015
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8 November 2014