Tuesday 30 June 2015

Somerset House - Get a taste for summer with live music and The Jam

Summer Series at Somerset House
with American Express®
9-19 July 2015
You're not too late to get tickets to London's intimate festival, Summer Series, with open-air concerts taking place under the stars. Limited tickets are available for up-and-coming London born soul singerKwabs who already has a number one under his belt, alternatively soak up the Caribbean energy as Jamaican reggae superstar Chronixx entertains. The Enhanced Bar will be taken over by Cambridge Audio.

Summer Series at Somerset House with American Express. Image © lukecharles
July What’s On. Image © Marco Beck Peccoz

The Jam: About the Young Idea
Until 31 August 2015
East Wing Galleries, East Wing
The first comprehensive exhibition about the extraordinary band whose music immortalised life for Britain’s disenchanted youth during the late 70s and early 80s. For the very first time, all three members of The Jam – Paul Weller, Rick Buckler and Bruce Foxton – have opened up their archives. Exhibits include hand written lyrics, original stage outfits, personal photographs and film footage, and the band’s instruments.
The Jam: About the Young Idea. Image © Jill Furmanovsky, The Jam, Marquee Club, 1978
Beneath the Surface. Image © Dixon, J K (Reverend), 'The Dog's Head in the Pot' ironmongers, on the corner of Charlotte Street and Blackfriars Road, National Photographic Record and Survey, platinum print, London 1902
Beneath the Surface
Until 24 August 2015
Embankment Galleries, South Wing
An exhibition of photographs from the V&A’s preeminent archive selected from a collection that dates back to 1852 and comprising unseen or rarely-displayed work chosen by Martin Barnes, the museum’s Senior Curator of Photographs. Beneath the Surface reflects the Embankment Galleries’ riverfront location in one of London’s most ancient quarters, and focusses on images of water, the topography of the city and the people within it.
Unplugged Summer Series at Somerset House
with American Express®
14-17 July 2015, 12.30-13.30
The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court
Free admission
Returning for a second year and featuring free lunchtime acoustic sets by emerging new talent ahead of the evening's main event. Including Roo PanesBloom Twins and Jermain Jackman. Enjoy your lunch, relax in our courtyard whilst watching three artists perform daily, and pop into the Enhanced Bar with Cambridge Audio for music competitions including the chance to win portable Bluetooth speakers.
Unplugged Summer Series at Somerset House with American Express. Image © James Bryant

Unseen Waterloo: The Conflict Revisited
Until 31 August 2015
Terrace Rooms, South Wing
Free admission
A photography exhibition exploring how we remember those fallen in war from a time before photography was invented, and marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. A series of events accompanies the exhibition including weekly spotlight tours.

Summer Screen Prints: Film Poster Exhibition
From 30 July 2015
West Wing Galleries, West Wing
Free admission
Your chance to buy limited-edition prints inspired by the films in the forthcoming Film4 Summer Screen season. Back for a third year, screen-printing aficionado’s Print Club London have hand-picked an assortment of artists including Rose Blake, street artist RYCA, Ben Rider and Lucille Clerc.

Unfinished…Works from The Courtauld Gallery
Until 20 September 2015
The Courtauld Gallery, North Wing
This year’s Summer Showcase brings together diverse works from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century that have all been described—rightly or wrongly—as unfinished. They allow us to explore what it means for an artist to consider a work as finished, and what happens when critics disagree.

Learning & Events
July for Learning has free family workshops, talks and spotlight tours focussing onUnseen Waterloo. Young people can flex their hi-tech design muscles with an Arduino workshop, and we explore musical heroes with The Jam: About the Young Idea curator Tory Turk. To round off the month, join us for hot topics discussed with BBC Radio 4 Four Thought.

Pennethorne's Cafe Bar
New Wing
To celebrate The Jam: About the Young Idea, Pennethorne's Cafe Bar are offering the Sweet Jam cocktail until 31 August. A refreshing jam based cocktail, this is a beautifully refreshing drink for a warm summer’s evening.

From our friends at Victoria and Albert Museum
Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860
Until 11 October 2015
This captivating exhibition of the pioneering 19th century British photographer Captain Linnaeus Tripe features over 60 of his most striking views of Indian and Burmese landscape, architecture, archaeological sites and monuments, rarely seen in the West at the time.