Tuesday 25 September 2012

What's On at Somerset House This October
TICKETS ON SALE: Valentino: Master of Couture
From 29 November 2012
Embankment Galleries, South Wing
This must-see autumn exhibition, celebrating the work of couturier Valentino Garavani, gives a rare insight into the world of Italian haute couture. To mark the start of this remarkable exhibition, the Italian designer, along with Giancarlo Giammetti, co-founder of the Valentino company, will be in conversation with Sunday Times Style writer Colin McDowell on 30 November. A limited number of tickets are available at £40.
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Tim Walker: Story Teller supported by Mulberry
From 18 October 2012
East Wing Galleries, East Wing
Free admission
Celebrating the extraordinary world of Tim Walker,Story Teller presents a new body of work by the acclaimed fashion photographer. The selection of images, fairy tale props and quotes brings to life pictures from magazines such as British Vogue & W Magazine. See instantly recognisable faces such as Tilda Swinton, Agyness Deyn and Tim Burton. HearTim Walker in conversation with Gentlewomaneditor-in-chief Penny Martin on 24 October.
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Night Paintings by Paul Benney
From 4 October 2012
Deadhouse, South Wing
Free admission
Celebrated British artist Paul Benney, brings his Night Paintings to the hidden passageways underneath our courtyard for the first exhibition of its kind in this unique space. The exhibition includes more than 35 paintings comprised of past and new works created during his tenure as resident artist at Somerset House, that reveal Benney’s deep interest in the intangible world we see beyond the mirror.
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COMING SOON: Skate at Somerset House
From 16 November 2012
Remember to book early for London’s most glamorous ice rink. Skate to live DJ sets at one of our open-air Club Nights, back with an exciting line-up including Vintage Festival and Joey Negro. Find your feet on the ice with Skate School, whilst children can take their first glide on the ice with Penguin Club. Open all day and into the night, the ice rink is the ultimate winter destination for everyone.
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Vidal Sassoon: How One Man Changed the World with a Pair of Scissors

1 – 28 October 2012
Courtyard Rooms, South Wing
Free admission
A captivating look at the career of social and style revolutionary Vidal Sassoon, the visionary hairstylist who undertook singular and iconic haircuts for tastemakers such as Grace Coddington and Mia Farrow. The display will animate the book of the same name to be published by Rizzoli.
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Images 36: Best of British Illustration
3 – 28 October 2012
Terrace Rooms, South Wing
Free admission
2012 is the year for celebrating all things British and in October it’s the turn of illustration. See the winners from the Association of Illustrators flagship Images competition in an exhibition that will feature over 50 new and established names.
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Learning & Events at Somerset House
Learning is back; new, improved, and with something for everyone. For families, join The Big Thames Drawing Challenge on 6 Oct with author Marion Deuchars and there's a spooky workshop on 27 Oct with Yasmeen Ismail. Adults can descend to the Deadhouse for a Halloween tour or join a range of talks and events with artist Paul Benney, Mokita or AOI illustrators.
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Peter Lely: A Lyrical Vision
From 11 October 2012
The Courtauld Gallery, North Wing
Discover a remarkable but forgotten group of paintings by Sir Peter Lely, depicting a sensuous world of shepherds, nymphs and musicians. This is a chance to see some of the most beautiful and seductive paintings made in 17th-century England.
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From our friends at Barbican
Bicycle Film Festival
5 – 7 October 2012
The coolest film festival in London, this international showcase celebrates everything cultural about two wheels, including Bike Polo, urban cycling and female BMX crews.
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From our friends at BFI Southbank
56th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express
10-21 October 2012
Experience this year’s best new films first. With over 300 films (including 111 shorts) and more venues across London, the Festival is the cinema experience not to miss.
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