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New exhibitions in London

Get your dose of culture at one of these top shows around the city

Our round-up will help you keep updated with the dizzying array of new and recently opened exhibitions in London. Think there's a great show we've missed? Tell us in the comments below.

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Jerwood Makers Open

The Jerwood Makers Open returns for 2015, and this year the prize celebrates its fifth anniversary. The Jerwood Charitable Foundation has commissioned five emerging makers working within contemporary applied arts who team technical skills with intellectual adventure, to create a brand new body of work each.

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Jerwood Space Until Sunday August 30 2015 Free

Soundscapes: Listening to Paintings

Move over, Secret Cinema: painting's about to get in on the immersive act as Jamie XX and others soundtrack six of the national Gallery's finest canvases.

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National Gallery Until Sunday September 6 2015

Gnome & Away: Secrets of the Collection

The Garden Museum closes in October 2015 for a £6.6 million redevelopment before reopening in early 2017, but before the transformation period begins they're giving the public one last chance to see their brilliant collection of objects and artworks.

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Garden Museum Until Saturday October 31 2015

London’s Dreadful Visitation: The Great Plague

Delve into books and broadsides and archive material to discover more about the devastating plague that ripped through London in 1665, killing almost 100,000 city dwellers as it went. The exhibition is not accessible during afternoon talks and on alternate Saturdays.

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Guildhall Library Until Friday September 11 2015

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

A byword for timeless elegance both on-screen and off, Audrey Hepburn is one of the twentieth century’s most enduring style icons. The National Portrait Gallery’s summer show charts Hepburn’s picture-perfect career, from West End chorus girl to leading lady.

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National Portrait Gallery Until Sunday October 18 2015

Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust

For a man who never really left his home in Queens, New York, Joseph Cornell conjured a sense of adventure and discovery in his brilliantly intricate shadow boxes. Considered a reclusive figure, the self-taught artist was an avid collector.

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Royal Academy of Arts Until Sunday September 27 2015

Tiger, Mog and Pink Rabbit: A Judith Kerr Retrospective

Judith Kerr fled Nazi Germany in 1933 aged nine years old, and began drawing as a refugee in Switzerland and France. Her first picture book, 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea', has been delighting families since it was published in 1968. This exhibition looks at Kerr's experience as a refugee settling in London and how she became an artist and storyteller.

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Jewish Museum Until Wednesday October 14 2015

Serpentine Galleries Pavilion

The task of transforming the lawn outside the Serpentine Gallery with a multi-purpose temporary Pavilion falls to the Spanish architectural duo SelgasCano.

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Serpentine Gallery Until Saturday October 17 2015 Free

Carsten Nicolai: Unicolor

Exploring the psychology of colour perception, the German artist creates an integrated experience of colour and sound in this multi-sensory rainbow installation.

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The Vinyl Factory Space Until Sunday August 2 2015 Free


This collection of artefacts, art and momentos was crowd-sourced by the Jewish Museum, every item representing a journey that an individual has been on. Many of the objects have actually been on the journey – a wind-up singing bird box was rescued from Nazi Germany and still works today.

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Jewish Museum Until Thursday September 3 2015
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Lisa Hassell
Lisa Hassell

Inkygoodness presents Beermat Characters at The Coningsby Gallery, 29th April - 4th May Beermat Characters is the latest project by Inkygoodness, inviting illustrators, artists & character designers to transform a beer mat (coaster) into a character. Showcasing the talents of over 80 artists & illustrators tasked with the challenge to transform a simple beermat into a character, our latest project will launch on Tue 30th April 2013 at the Coningsby Gallery in central London, with music, plenty of drinks on offer and a great atmosphere guaranteed! Expect a diverse selection of artworks from handmade to digital, felt plush, paper-cut outs, inked & painted, 3D sculptures & much much more! http://inkygoodness.com/blog/inkygoodness-beermat-characters/