26 October 2016

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Fancy Your Own Studio In Somerset House? Applications Open To Artists

Somerset House Studios is a new experimental workspace within Somerset House connecting around 300 artists, makers, and thinkers with audiences.

17 July 2015

Ben Uri Gallery Explores 100 Years Of Emigre Artists At Somerset House

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).  The original Art Society was founded in […]

9 June 2015

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Ben Uri Gallery To Celebrate Centenary With Somerset House Exhibition

The centenary year of the Ben Uri Gallery and Museum will be celebrated with a major exhibition at Somerset House. ‘Out Of Chaos; Ben Uri: 100 Years in London’ will run from 2 July – 13 December 2015. In this exhibition, a group of rarely seen masterworks by mainly Jewish émigré artists will go on show from the Ben Uri collection, including works […]

20 May 2015

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Photo London Opens At Somerset House To Technicolour And Greyscale

Photo London, which opens today at Somerset House, is a major international photography event that will take place at Somerset House, from 21-24 May 2015. This will be an unique photography event, featuring a major international photography fair for up to 70 of the world’s leading photography galleries together with an innovative public programme supported by the […]

15 May 2015

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70 Galleries To Participate In Photo London At Somerset House

Following an outstanding response from galleries around the world after the announcement of the inaugural Photo London fair, 69 galleries to date have been carefully selected to participate: 60 in the main gallery section and 9 in the Discovery section for emerging galleries. The director of Photo London Michael Benson stated, “We have been overwhelmed […]

18 March 2015

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Gavin Turk’s New Work Opens At Somerset House

A new work by the artist Gavin Turk has opened at Somerset House in London. This cold cathode artwork, displays the median population of the world at the time of its initial illumination. The sign is intended by the artist as ‘a symbolic threshold: inviting visitors and observers to transcend through a fixed point in […]

9 March 2015

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Beauty and the Beard

Beards. Like ‘em, love ‘em or hate ‘em, Somerset house is bringing them to us in every shape, size and colour. Only open for the month, BEARD is an exhibition showing a series of photographs taken by award winning photographer Mr Elbank. Elbank’s concept originated as a collaboration with his friend Jimmy Niggles, who is […]

13 November 2014

Chris Stein Negative – Me Blondie And The Advent Of Punk – Louche 70s Cool At Somerset House

Somerset House presents an exhibition of previously unpublished photographs by Chris Stein, co-founder of Blondie, providing a behind the scenes look on life in the band, from their underground early days to global success chart domination. The images include Debbie Harry and other icons of the 70s and 80s new wave world, from Andy Warhol, […]

8 November 2014

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Iconic Blondie Punk Photos On View At Somerset House

The Punk/New Wave band Blondie’s celebrates their 40th anniversary by showcasing a series of iconic and previously unpublished photographs by Chris Stein, Guitarist/co-founder of of the band at Somerset House.  The exhibition provides a behind the scenes look on life in the trailblazing band, from their underground early days to global sell-out shows and chart […]

15 March 2014

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Rwanda: Twenty Years Marked in New London Photography Exhibition

After the genocide in Rwanda, twenty years ago, that led to the deaths of up to a million people, Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now brings work by Rwandan photographers to international audiences for the first time. Intimate images of everyday life in the Great Lakes communicate the complexities of survival after mass violence. […]

17 November 2013

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Isabella Blow: Iconic Wardrobe Exhibition Will Be A Fashion Extravaganza

The Isabella Blow Foundation and Central Saint Martins is mounting a new exhibition titled Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! This will be a major fashion extravaganza celebrating the extraordinary life and wardrobe of the late, great British patron of fashion and art. It opens at Somerset House on the 20th November and run until 2nd March […]

16 November 2013

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Stanley Spencer WW1 Masterpiece Exhibited At Somerset House

Leading up to the 100th commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War, Stanley Spencer’s poignant memories of war are leaving their permanent home at the National Trust’s Sandham Memorial Chapel to be exhibited at Somerset House. This exhibition marks the National Trusts first major art exhibition in London for 18 years. the exhibition […]

14 July 2013

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Isabella Blow Celebrated With A Retrospective Exhibition At Somerset House

Somerset House has announced a partnership with the Isabella Blow Foundation and Central Saint Martins, to mount a new exhibition celebrating the life and style of this fashion icon.  Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!, will focus on the extraordinary life and wardrobe of the late, great British patron of fashion and art. Daphne Guinness said: “This […]

3 July 2013

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Miles Aldridge And Brancolini Grimaldi Exhibitions Feature At Somerset House

Somerset House is exhibiting ‘I Only Want You to Love Me’ – a major retrospective of photographer Miles Aldridge’s work. This is the largest exhibition of his work to date and will include large-scale photographic prints from throughout his career including previously unpublished material as well as hand-drawn story-boards, drawings, polaroids and magazines, offering an […]

19 November 2012

Cartier-Bresson’s Decisive Moment Explored At Somerset House – Review

An interesting premise here, as curator William E. Ewing challenges the legacy of Henri Cartier Bresson’s ‘decisive moment’ through a survey of post-war, pre-conceptual colour photography, as well as some more recent examples. Cartier-Bresson hated colour, as did many, for black and white was considered the higher status approach until the sixties and seventies, but […]

25 July 2012

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Cartier Bresson A Question of Colour Positive View Foundation

Positive View Foundation has announced its inaugural exhibition Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour, to be held at Somerset House, 8 November 2012 – 27 January 2013. Curated by William A. Ewing, the exhibition will feature 10 Henri Cartier-Bresson photographs never before exhibited in the UK alongside over 75 works by 15 international contemporary photographers. The […]

8 April 2012

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GUARDI MASTERPIECE GOES ON DISPLAY AT THE COURTAULD

A magnificent view of Venice’s Rialto Bridge, a masterpiece by the great Venetian painter Francesco Guardi (1712-1793), has gone on display at The Courtauld Gallery. Privately owned, The Rialto Bridge from the North with the Palazzo Camerlenghi was painted around 1768. Monumental in scale, the painting encapsulates the lively scene around this busy stretch of […]

24 March 2012

Ultimate Guide To Pick Me Up Graphic Art Fair

Alice Lubbock provides the lowdown on this year’s smorgasbord of screenprints and oddball characters Somerset House is the unlikely host of an even unlikelier sort of fair – one exclusively selling graphic and illustrative print work. Visitors normally expecting to see a Monet painting or a Van Gogh portrait over in the Courthauld Institute, can […]

17 March 2011

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Ai Weiwei Sculpture for Somerset House

A large scale public sculpture by China’s most controversial artists, Ai Weiwei’s is to go on display in the courtyard of London’s Somerset House. He is best know in London for his massive Tate/ Unilever commission in the Turbine Hall last autumn. Weiwei filled the vast space with over 100 million porcelain sunflower seeds. Which […]