Tuesday 26 June 2012

Somerset House What's On- July 2012

Summer Series at Somerset House with American Express®
7-19 July 2012
Our much loved annual open-air gigs series starts next week including DJ Abrantee’s live music night with stars of the exploding Afrobeats scene (a film about Abrantee will be on The Africa Channel in July, watch it here), Charlotte Gainsbourg 'Stage Whisper' with Connan Mockasin and Dubstep sensation Katy B with Ms Dynamite and Devlin. Tune into Twitter tomorrow when The Enemy will be hijacking our Twitter feed ahead of their gig. Follow us here.
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The Rolling Stones: 50 
13 July - 27 August 2012 
East Wing Galleries, East Wing
Free admission
To celebrate 50 years of The Rolling Stones, a free photographic exhibition will open in July. View unseen and rare material including reportage photography, live concert and studio session images and outtakes from every period of the band’s history. Limited edition prints, copies of the book and other items will be available to buy.
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What Next 2012 Artist Showcase
Tuesday 3 July 2012
Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch
What Next is a project for emerging musicians at Somerset House. Come and see the 2012 singer/songwriters and MCs at their first London show, and meet likeminded musicians and songwriters. Featuring Chloe Belle, Rhea Dean, Deezy, Jo.ey, Neekz, Tom Prior and Kimmy Reader.
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Last chance - Kokoro: The Art of Horiyoshi III
Until 1 July 2012
Courtyard Rooms, South Wing
Free admission
Don’t miss your last chance to see this display of Japanese silk paintings by Irezumi master Horiyoshi III. Kokoro prints, books, photographs, rice paper calligraphy and glicee prints are available in the Rizzoli Bookshop.
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From the Margin to the Edge: Brazilian art and design in the 21st century

21 July – 8 September 2012Embankment Galleries, South Wing
Free admission
A group exhibition featuring works created over the last decade by a selection of Brazilian artists and designers. Bringing together over thirty practitioners – some internationally established; others relatively unknown – the exhibition aims to provide a cross-section of contemporary visual culture in Brazil at its most daring and sophisticated.
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Portrait of the Artist As… 
26 June - 22 July 2012 
The Courtauld Gallery, North Wing
This exhibition looks at the ways in which artists have portrayed themselves from the 18th century to the present day. It includes the pairing of two masterpieces, Vincent van Gogh's Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, and Francis Bacon's Study for a Portrait of Van Gogh VI.
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Mini Make Believe and Free Family Workshops 
Learning Centre, South Wing 
Free admission
Join us for regular Free Family Workshops every Saturday; on 7 July we take a trip to The Courtauld Gallery to discover priceless drawings then experiment with different techniques and materials in the workshop. For under 5s, join the Space Race on Sunday 1 July, an intergalactic Sports Day with sci-fi games, songs and crafts.
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From our friends at Southbank Centre 
The Ultimate Afrobeats Utopia
Saturday 21 July 2012, £10
The very best in Afrobeats comes to Southbank Centre for one night only. Featuring BBC Radio 1/1Xtra's DJ Edu, award-winning DJ Neptizzle and Afro House specialist Sef Kombo playing the hottest Naija Pop, Azonto Rythmns, Kuduro, Kizomba and the funkiest beats from around the continent.
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From our friends at The Photographers' Gallery
Last chance to see Burtynsky: OIL & Raqs Media Collective
Open 7 days, free admission
The Photographers’ Gallery opened in its landmark new building in Central London this May. Catch the opening exhibitions Burtynsky: OIL and Raqs Media Collective before 1 July, given Critics’ Choice by Time Out and 4 stars by The Telegraph.
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From our friends at Back2Black Festival
29 June - 1 July 2012
Old Billingsgate Market, London EC3
Three days of live music across three stages hosted by and featuring Gilberto Gil, plus Macy Gray, Roots Manuva, Amadou & Mariam, Jorge Ben Jor and over 30 African, Brazilian and international artists. Plus talks, debates, workshops, food & craft market.
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