Somerset House London UK

The graceful courtyard at Somerset House, with fountains in summer and an ice-rink in winter (image © iStock)

Somerset House

This neo-classical, 18th-century building on the Thames houses the Embankment Galleries, cafés and restaurants, all surrounding a large courtyard. Check for opening times. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. 

To 15 Sep: Get Up, Stand Up Now. Artist Zak Ové curates this ambitious celebration of the creativity of Britain’s black communities.

To 8 Sep: Kaleidoscope: Immigration and Modern Britain. Photography by 10 practitioners native to or living in Britain, questioning the immigrant experience in the country today.

From 6 Sep to 31 Dec: Bonds. Taking place in new exhibition space Gallery 31, each of these works was created by an artist in residence at Somerset House, all exploring the ties that bind humans together.

From 24 Sep to 20 Oct: Water Life by Aida Muluneh. The Afrofuturist photographer presents 12 large images shot in Ethiopia that highlight the ecological emergency.

From 3 Oct to 5 Jan 2020: Mary Sibande: I Came Apart at the Seams. A vibrant series of sculptures of figures that explore the creative powers of anger and imagination. 

3-6 Oct: 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Browse more than 150 pieces and don't miss the accompanying installation in The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court.

United Kingdom

Map of Somerset House