Got a free hour to spare? Soak up some culture at one of London's many exhibitions. Whether you want to see paintings, photography, fossils or washing powder packaging through the ages, there's an exhibition to suit your mood.
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Public London: Ten Years of Transforming Spaces
Hattie Stewart: Adversary
What is Luxury?
Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation
New exhibitions in London
Designs of the Year
Awesome architecture, futuristic fashion, fun furniture, groovy graphics: all these and more are celebrated in the Design Museum’s annual Designs of the Year awards and accompanying exhibition. As the museum likes to boast, someday this stuff is going to be on display in other museums. We never miss this show. Every iteration turns up products that are life-saving, lovely to look at or just so clever you really, really wish they’d been your idea.
This contemporary craft show explores the effects of a new location on site-specific installations. Do the works take on a new meaning, or lose some of their original significance? The works featured were originally made for the ‘Unravelled’ series of exhibitions which were hosted by three National Trust properties, but now have a more austere backdrop in this beautiful white cube space.
Homes of the Homeless: Seeking Shelter in Victorian London
Victorian London wasn't all top hats, horsedrawn carriages and comfortable, dolls-house style homes. A huge number of Londoners struggled to keep a roof over their heads. Using paintings, photographs, objects and stories collected from personal accounts and diaries, this exhibition tells the story of less lucky Victorian London.
Strange Creatures: The Art of Unknown Animals
When intrepid explorers set out on international adventures and discovered animal species which were completely alien to their society, the only way of explaining them to the wider world was through art and description. This exhibition brings together a range of animal representations including Europe's first image of an Australian animal, medieval accounts of exotic creatures and cutting-edge reconstructions of dinosaurs.
Free exhibtions in London
Spitting: Photographs by Andrew Bruce & Anna Fox
'Spitting Image' returns in photo format
All of This Belongs to You
An election-inspired exhibition
Surgeons at Work: The Art of the Operation
The emotions and atmosphere of the theatre