One of London's most spectacular and well-loved spaces, Somerset House is a new kind of arts centre, designed for today’s audiences, artists and creatives.
From its 18th-century origins, Somerset House has played a central role in our society as a place where our culture and collective understanding of the world is shaped and defined. In 2000, it began its reinvention as a cultural powerhouse and home for arts and culture today, creating unique and stimulating experiences for the public, bringing them into direct contact with ideas from the greatest artists, makers and thinkers of our time.
The distinctive and dynamic year-round programme spans the contemporary arts in all forms, from cutting-edge exhibitions and installations to annual festivals, seasonal events in the courtyard, including Film4 Summer Screen, Summer Series and Skate, with an extensive learning and engagement programme.
In 2016 Somerset House Studios was launched – a new experimental workspace connecting artists, makers and thinkers with audiences. Currently housing over 80 artists and Makerversity (a community of over 250 emergent makers), the Studios are a platform for the development of new creative projects and collaboration, promoting work that pushes bold ideas, engages with urgent issues and pioneers new technologies.