This autumn Somerset House presents The Horror Show! a landmark exhibition that celebrates our greatest cultural provocateurs and visionaries. We invite you on a journey to the underbelly of Britain’s cultural psyche, looking at ideas rooted in horror that have informed the last 50 years of creative rebellion.
Featuring over 200 artworks and culturally significant artefacts, plus a series of new commissions from some of our country’s most provocative artists, The Horror Show! presents an alternative perspective in three shapeshifting acts – Monster, Ghost and Witch.
The exhibition offers a heady, visceral ride through the disruption of 1970s punk through to the revolutionary potential of modern witchcraft, showing how the anarchic alchemy of horror – its subversion, transgression and the supernatural – can help us make sense of the troubled world around us. Horror not only allows us to come face to face with our deepest, darkest terrors; it allows us the opportunity to stare down our fears and imagine a radically different future.
Exquisitely designed by Barnbrook and edited by Faye Dowling, a 126-page book accompanies the exhibition and can be combined for a 10% discount when purchasing your tickets, or add in an exhibition poster for a 20% discount. It follows the exhibition's narrative acts - Monster, Ghost and Witch - featuring expanded essays by John Doran, Natalie Olah and Patricia MacCormack.
There will also be a special exhibition shop, edited by Faye Dowling’s alternative art store GothShop.co, featuring an exclusive range of limited edition items and inspired gifts, from clothing and accessories, to limited edition prints, books and zines.
Family event: Finger-puppet fossils
Saturday 24 September 2022
10 - 11am: Family Members only, booking essential
11am - 1pm: All family visitors, no booking required
Is it getting nippy outside? Wrap up and come to the Grant Museum of Zoology for a finger-warming puppet-making workshop led by arts educator Oliver Cloke.
Be inspired by the hundreds of animals on display to create your very own finger puppet. We'll look carefully at different animal specimens and fossils from the collection, and then using craft materials create replica animals in puppet form.
If you would like to beat the crowds, the first hour is open exclusively for our Family Members. The Museum will be open to Family Members from 10am, booking essential.
This workshop is suitable for ages 6+ but young children will need adult help. We will have colouring sheets available for younger children.