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Thursday, 24 July 2014
Behind the Screen
7 – 20 August 2014
Go Behind the Screen with a diverse and entertaining programme of talks, workshops and family activities to celebrate 10 years of Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House. Including an 'in conversation' with the directors of the visionary Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, Tessa Ross of Film4 Productions talking about her film inspirations plus an evening of strange tales and special guests with The Secret Life of the Teen Movie.
Time: Tattoo Art Today
Until 5 October 2014
Embankment Galleries, South Wing
Time and all it infers (such as life and death) is a classic, common motif in tattoo art, expressed through a vast variety of iconographic combinations. Your chance to buy an original piece by artists such as Ed Hardy and Horiyoshi III who have created completely new work on the theme of time, working with any medium and on any canvas apart from their usual surface of skin.
Summer Screen Prints: Film Poster Exhibition
31 July – 25 August 2014
West Wing Galleries, West Wing
Your chance to buy limited-edition prints inspired by each film shown at Film4 Summer Screen. The exhibition returns for a second year with Dalston based studios, Print Club London, who has hand-picked an assortment of styles and artists, including Rose Blake, Hattie Stewart, Kate Moross, Steve Wilson, Kate Gibb and HelloVon. Open during the day and into the evening during the film screenings.
Return of the Rudeboy
Until 25 August 2014
Terrace Rooms, South Wing
Final weeks to immerse yourself in the style and attitude of the modern-day Rudeboy with a series of portraits, installations and set pieces, curated by photographer Dean Chalkley and creative director Harris Elliott. Many of the photographs are on sale in the form of posters and postcards, as well as a selection of Rudeboy inspired books, limited edition prints, t-shirts and more.
Form through Colour: Josef Albers, Anni Albers and Gary Hume
Until 31 August 2014
East Wing Galleries, East Wing
Original works by each of the artists sit alongside textile adaptations by designer Christopher Farr. For example see the first door painting Gary Hume completed before it was shown at Damien Hirst’s Freeze exhibition in 1988 as part of a series, with hand knotted rugs inspired by the series by Farr.
Learning and Events
The acclaimed Return of the Rudeboy continues with typical flair throughout August – make sure you drop in to one of our free Wednesday or Friday lunchtime tours. Or for those musically inclined, delve into the sound behind the style with a talk on the history of the MC with Mark Professor, or a rare screening about ska legend Duke Vin.
Bohemian Paris Late
Thursday 14 August 2014, 18.00-21.00
The Courtauld Gallery, North Wing
Get ready for a night of curiosity and spectacle as The Courtauld brings to life the excitement of Bohemian Paris in the 1890s. Enjoy works by Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, and Manet, as well as contortion, Parisienne burlesque, live music from the era, absinthe talks and tastings, and much more.
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Art & Life: The Paintings of Beryl Bainbridge
Until 19 October 2014Cultural Institute at King's, Inigo Rooms, East WingArt & Life explores the creative life and oeuvre of Beryl Bainbridge, who was best known as a writer, but was also a highly accomplished visual artist. Bainbridge’s paintings, etchings and drawings are contextualised by material from her novels.
From our friends at Wellcome Collection
An Idiosyncratic A to Z of the Human Condition
Until 12 October 2014
Wellcome Collection is taking submissions of tattoo photos via Instagram as part of An Idioscyncratic A to Z of the Human Condition and compiling a photo album in the gallery. Send a photo of your #HumanSkin now!