The original contemporary late night event. Friday Late celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing audiences face-to-face with leading and emerging artists and designers through live performance, film, installation, debate, DJs and late-night exhibition openings.
More than the hobbyists’ pursuit, maker communities are disrupting manufacturing. Shared spaces offer a new amalgam of craft, industry and technology, where both tools and knowledge are pooled. Join London’s maker spaces to resist mass production and uncover how hacked machines and open source design are changing the way we make and live. Explore production process and question whether this a sustainable movement?
Explore the free exhibitions out of hours. Play eye-opening games in the Reading Room, handle intriguing objects and take a tour of the exhibition, or just have a glass of wine and catch up with friends to make your Friday night a little bit different. 🍸 👫 👭
Prefer visiting exhibitions when it’s a bit more relaxed?
Too busy at the weekends to visit?
Looking for somewhere special to start your weekend?
First Fridays are for you!
Grab a bite to eat with the special evening menu upstairs in Wellcome Kitchen, catch up over a cocktail and enjoy an alternative Friday night away from the standing-room-only pubs.
Plan your night….
– Ambient soundscapes with live DJ set from Antique Beat
– ‘A museum of modern nature’ open all night long (well, until 22.00)
– Cocktails, dinner and small dishes in our cafe and restaurant
– Conversation starters in ‘Medicine Man’ and ‘Medicine Now’
– Activities and ideas in our ‘Reading Room’
A group of performers from acclaimed theatre company Cardboard Citizens is squatting in The Bunker to present a playful exploration of housing from the slums of Victorian London to the madness of London today.
An immersive multi-story speculation on need, greed and good intentions, Home Truths is revealed through the world premieres of nine short plays by some of the UK’s most exciting playwrights: Sonali Bhattacharyya, Lin Coghlan, EV Crowe, Anders Lustgarten, Nessah Muthy, Chris O’Connell, Stef Smith, David Watson and Heathcote Williams with Sarah Woods.
Home Truths will look back at the history of UK housing, from the Victorian housing crisis through to squatting in the 1970s, the ravages of Rachmanism in the 1950s and white flight in the 21st century. The nine plays will be split into three Cycles. Each Cycle can be seen as a stand-alone production, or alternatively audiences can take part in a theatrical sit in and watch all nine plays over the course of a day in one of two special Tri-Cycle performances.
Slummers by Sonali Bhattacharyya
The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency by Heathcote Williams with Sarah Woods
Back to Back to Back by Stef Smith
The Table by Lin Coghlan
Put The Schwarzes Into De-Stat by Nessah Muthy
The House With the Yellow Front Door by Anders Lustgarten
Henrietta by David Watson
Nostalgia by EV Crowe
Grip by Chris O’Connell
Cycle 1 (red)
17th April preview 19:30
20th April 19:00
24th and 27th April 3rd, 6th, and 10th May 19:30
Cycle 2 (blue)
18th April preview 19:30
21st April 19:00
25th and 28th April, 4th, 8th, and 11th May 19:30
Cycle 3 (yellow)
19th April preview 19:30
22nd April 19:00
26th April 2nd, 5th, 9th, and 12th May 19:30
Saturday 29th April 12:00
Saturday 13th May 12:00
The three-day event returns, coinciding with the city-wide games initiative, London Games Festival. Filled with a host of hands-on opportunities for visitors to get involved.
Showcasing the wider possibilities of games, the peculiar, the beautiful, the deeply experimental. It’s a place for games that get us playing in new and wonderful ways – whether that’s in groups, on our own, outside, inside, on or underneath tables. Games that send us running across courtyards, games situated on nearby screens, games that take place entirely in our heads.
There will be over 40 game varieties available across the weekend, with highlights including:
A nine hole mini-golf course on Somerset House’s River Terrace, played through a landscape of environmental destruction
The Awkward Arcade, a real life experimental video arcade by James Medd, showcasing games that are designed to make participants think and move in ways uncommon to mainstream games culture
The Art of Ping Pong – an interactive ping pong table that generates a unique digital artwork with each game that is played
A recreation of street artist Aïda Gómez’s Joy Is Here, a massive communal word search covering the walls of an entire room
A new interactive game from London-based theatre group, Block Stop – Of Plagues, Deceptions and Other Things – where players have to explore Somerset House and solve puzzles to stop an outbreak of the bubonic plague
A voyage of discovery of one of the all-time great symphonies, Beethoven’s era-defining Eroica. Forged as a powerful expression of the human and spiritual ideals he held close to his heart, Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony tells the story of the hero and his journey towards fulfillment.
Enter the transformed world of a heroically inspired Oval Space where you’ll greeted by the friendly team. Unwind from the stresses of your week; catch up with friends, enjoy a drink from the bar (including a delicious Eroica-inspired cocktail) and a bite to eat on the terrace; explore the space before getting comfortable for the concert, with drink in hand.
In an intimate and beautiful setting, on a comfy sofa if you feel like treating yourself and a friend, this is a wonderful opportunity to get close to the full sound of Beethoven’s orchestra and experience the struggle, anguish, and triumph of his epic portrayal of heroism through music. Nicholas, the conductor, will set the scene with his friendly introductions, sharing some of the stories and ideas behind the music.
After the final resounding chord of the symphony has died away, the bar reopens and the evening becomes social – a little party you are warmly invited to… To help set the mood, there will be some suitably cool live jazz, which we will be announcing nearer the time. Enjoy the atmosphere, relax with friends and meet the young, talented musicians who play in the orchestra, as well as Nicholas and the team.
7pm – Arrive and explore
8pm – Last admission to venue
8:30pm – The Concert: Eroica
9:45pm – Mix and mingle
12:00am – Carriages…
Rachel Maclean is a Glasgow-based multi-media artist who creates artificial visions using green-screen technology. Within her fantastical settings Maclean parodies fairy tales, children’s television programmes, beauty product advertising, internet videos, and pop culture playing all the extravagantly costumed characters herself. At once seductive and nightmarish, glossy and grotesque, her films destabilise power dynamics and consumer desires.
Curated by Elsa Coustou, Assistant Curator, Contemporary British Art. Maclean’s new film work, It’s What’s Inside That Counts (2016), has been commissioned by HOME, Manchester. The film has been created in partnership with HOME, Manchester, the University of Salford Art Collection, Artpace San Antonio, Zabludowicz Collection, Tate, Frieze Film and Channel 4 Random Acts. The exhibition has been created in partnership with HOME, Manchester.