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GET UP, STAND UP NOW : GENERATIONS OF BLACK CREATIVE PIONEERS
Jun 12 - Sep 15, 2019
A major new exhibition celebrating the past 50 years of Black creativity in Britain and beyond.
Beginning with the radical Black film maker Horace Ové and his dynamic circle of Windrush generation creative peers and extending to today’s brilliant young Black talent globally, a group of around 100 interdisciplinary artists will showcase work together for the first time, exploring Black experience and influence, from the post-war era to the present day.

24/7 : A WAKE-UP CALL FOR OUR NON-STOP WORLD
Oct 31, 2019 - Feb 23, 2020 FINAL WEEK
A major exhibition exploring the non-stop nature of modern lives. A host of international contemporary artists and designers will hold a mirror up to a world in which we are sleeping less, complex systems are exerting control, and the pull of the screen is disrupting our instincts to daydream and pay attention to the world around us, and each other. The exhibition is inspired by the book of the same title by art critic and essayist Jonathan Crary (Verso, 2013).
 
Contributors include Marcus Coates, Mat Collishaw, Harun Farocki, Pierre Huyghe, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Kelly Richardson, Pilvi Takala, Addie Wagenknecht, and ten artists and designers from Somerset House Studios, including Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard.

Click to enlargeMUSHROOMS : THE ART, DESIGN AND FUTURE OF FUNGI
Jan 30 - Apr 26, 2020
The Charles Russell Speechlys Terrace Rooms
 
Bringing together the work of over 40 leading artists, designers and musicians, Mushrooms looks at fungi’s colourful cultural legacy, as well as the promise it offers to reimagine our relationship with the planet.
 
Highlights in this new exhibition from writer and curator Francesca Gavin include seminal American artist Cy Twombly’s collage portfolio paralleling natural world and human history, watercolours from renowned author Beatrix Potter, composer John Cage’s limited edition Mushroom Book of recipes, observations and illustrations, and inspiring works from emerging contemporary artists.

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