Elegant Events Not To Miss at Somerset House

mr niggles1. Free Exhibition : Beard

You might have seen one or more of the portraits from this exhibition already, as the one of charity campaigner Jimmy Niggles above went viral last year. The photographer Mr Elbank started The #Project60 after meeting Jimmy in Sydney, who was campaigning to raise awareness for skin cancer, after losing a close friend. Through the project, 1200 people contacted the photographer to join forces and share beards, as a result many of the images have been widely shared on social media and have encouraged viewers to go for skin checks which can prove life-saving.

Now it’s your chance to get in with the hairy crowd, and take a look at the rest of the collection of images from photographer Mr Elbank in which all of his subjects share a common grooming theme. The show celebrates the beard in all forms. His subjects include actors, artists, tattooists and women. 

The exhibition will encompass Mr Elbank’s original collection of works, #Project60, plus new and unseen photographs shot specially for the Somerset House show, bringing them all together for the first time.

5 – 29 March 2015 : Daily 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.15) : Terrace Rooms, South Wing

guy bourdin

2. A Free Tour : Guy Bourdin Image Maker Exhibition : 13.30 Wednesdays and Fridays (with exhibition ticket)

Join a member of the gallery team for a spotlight tour of the Guy Bourdin: Image Maker exhibition. Each tour delves into these iconic, groundbreaking images and stories behind the style. Tours are free with an admission ticket, and last approximately 20 minutes. Limited spaces are available on a sign-up basis in the exhibition 30 minutes before the tour.

The exhibition itself features over 100 works and previously unseen material from the photographer’s estate, (from 1955 to 1987). This major show charts Bourdin’s distinguished 40-year career from Man Ray’s protégé to photography revolutionary in his own right and explore his pursuit of perfection. The exhibited works exemplify the craftsmanship behind his images, from production to publication, and their enduring quality as a consequence.

The exhibition runs until 15 March 2015 : Open Daily 10.00-18.00 (Last admission 17.15) : Until 21.00 Thursdays (Last admission 20.15) Embankment Galleries, South Wing Tickets : £9.00, £7.00 concessions


3. Free Family Drop-in Workshop: Mapping Through Making with Maggie Li : Saturday 7 February 12.00-15.00

Join Maggie Li, illustrator and author of Big City Explorer to fill the room with marvellous 3D map making! Explore some of the most vibrant cities in the world in response to our exhibition Mapping The City and Maggie’s most recent publication. Free for families with accompanied children aged 6-12 years.