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London Design BiennaleProduced by the team behind the London Design Festival, the three-week long London Design Biennale brings an international element to the design festival. Held for the first time in 2016, the biennale returns in 2018 bringing design installations and exhibitions from 40 countries, cities and territories to the heart of the capital. Exhibitors respond to this year's theme 'Emotional States' through contemporary design, their immersive presentations occupying the former royal palace at Somerset House, including the famous Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court and River Terrace.

 

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Somerset House, once the site of a spectacular Tudor palace, now includes a magnificent 18th century art gallery housing celebrated collections belonging to the Courtauld Institute Gallery, as well as the Embankment Galleries (which replaced the Hermitage Rooms and The Gilbert Collection - the latter re-opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum in June 2009). More about Somerset House

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London Design Biennale  Argentina, The Impenetrable Forest, TRImarchi Collective, photo: Ed Reeve  

   
London Design Biennale - Argentina, The Impenetrable Forest, TRImarchi Collective, photo: Ed Reeve

London Design Biennale Argentina, The Impenetrable Forest, TRImarchi Collective, photo: Ed Reeve 


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London Design BiennaleLondon Design BiennaleLondon Design BiennaleProduced by the team behind the London Design Festival, the three-week long London Design Biennale brings an international element to the design festival. Held for the first time in 2016, the biennale returns in 2018 bringing design installations and exhibitions from 40 countries, cities and territories to the heart of the capital. Exhibitors respo2018-09-20T11:00:00+01002018-09-23T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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event > Exhibitions > Art Exhibitions - Architecture
PRICING  £19.50, concs £16.50, under 12s Free
DATES  4th to 23rd September 2018
VENUE  Somerset House 
Produced by the team behind the London Design Festival, the three-week long London Design Biennale brings an international element to the design festival. Held for the first time in 2016, the biennale returns in 2018 bringing design installations and exhibitions from 40 countries, cities and territories to the heart of the capital. Exhibitors respo... More about this event
 
East Wing LiveEast Wing LiveCo-programmed by two Somerset House Residents, MOBO and Music For Youth, expect to see up-and-coming musical talent playing stripped back sets.2018-09-21T13:00:00+01002018-09-21T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
East Wing Live
East Wing LiveEast Wing LiveCo-programmed by two Somerset House Residents, MOBO and Music For Youth, expect to see up-and-coming musical talent playing stripped back sets.2018-09-28T13:00:00+01002018-09-28T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
East Wing Live
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Hannah Perry: GushHannah Perry: GushHannah Perry: GushThis October, Somerset House hosts a major UK solo exhibition by British artist Hannah Perry. Titled Gush, the new exhibition explores mental and emotional health, showcasing a diverse body of new work. Visitors will see everything from large-scale dynamic sculptures to immersive sound and film pieces. Central to the exhibition is an immersive film2018-10-03T00:00:00+01002018-11-04T00:00:00+0000 Where:
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event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions | PRICING  Free  
DATES  3rd October to 4th November 2018
VENUE  Somerset House 
This October, Somerset House hosts a major UK solo exhibition by British artist Hannah Perry. Titled Gush, the new exhibition explores mental and emotional health, showcasing a diverse body of new work. Visitors will see everything from large-scale dynamic sculptures to immersive sound and film pieces. Central to the exhibition is an immersive film... More about this event
 
1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair1-54 Contemporary African Art FairFounded in 2013, 1-54 is the leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora.2018-10-04T11:00:00+01002018-10-07T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair
Athi-Patra Ruga: Of Gods, Rainbows And OmissionsAthi-Patra Ruga: Of Gods, Rainbows And OmissionsThe South African artist presents his first major solo UK exhibition, revealing a mythical world which challenges perceptions of cultural identity and parodies the construction of the South African nation state in the post-apartheid era.2018-10-04T11:00:00+01002019-01-06T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Athi-Patra Ruga: Of Gods, Rainbows And Omissions
East Wing LiveEast Wing LiveCo-programmed by two Somerset House Residents, MOBO and Music For Youth, expect to see up-and-coming musical talent playing stripped back sets.2018-10-05T13:00:00+01002018-10-05T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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AGMAGMOffering visitors rare access to the underground studios at Somerset House, AGM offers late-night access to Hannah Perry's new solo exhibition GUSH plus performances and installations from NTS Radio DJ and producer Beatrice Dillon, artist Marija Bozinovska Jones (MBJ Wetware), music producer Recsund (Quantum Natives), filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Ja2018-10-05T19:00:00+01002018-10-05T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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East Wing LiveEast Wing LiveCo-programmed by two Somerset House Residents, MOBO and Music For Youth, expect to see up-and-coming musical talent playing stripped back sets.2018-10-12T13:00:00+01002018-10-12T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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