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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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Soundscapes: Listening to Paintings

Critics' choice

Forget the art slides and flying machines at the Hayward. The most controversial show of the summer, the one that’s sending some critics into a Victor Meldrew-ish tailspin of invective, involves six paintings and a few loudspeakers.

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National Gallery, Trafalgar Square Until Sunday September 6 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, Knightsbridge Tuesday September 1 2015 - Saturday October 17 2015

Mike Tsang: South Bank Stories

Mike Tsang presents his portrait of the South Bank through photographic portraits and written interview with 10 local workers along with archival imagery.

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Unicorn Theatre, London Bridge Monday August 31 2015 - Saturday September 26 2015

Out of Chaos

Critics' choice

The Ben Uri Gallery is one of the best London museums you’ve probably never heard of. Founded in 1915 to support Yiddish-speaking, émigré artists and craftsmen, the gallery has evolved over the years to incorporate all sorts of British Jewish artists, both foreign and native-born.

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Cultural Institute at King's, Temple Until Sunday December 13 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, Lambeth Until Saturday October 31 2015

Facing History: Contemporary Portraiture

How artists see themselves and us has captivated the public for centuries. Here the V&A brings together the works of 20 artists including Julian Opie, Grayson Perry, Thomas Ruff, Maud Sulter and Gavin Turk to form an overview of contemporary portraiture.

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V&A, Brompton Until Sunday April 24 2016

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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Sunday August 30 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, Leicester Square Until Sunday October 18 2015

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World

Critics' choice

The exhibition is quick to place Hepworth in the company of her peers – literally, in the case of work by Henry Moore and her second husband Ben Nicholson, as well as through contextualising timelines. But the work itself is so tactile that you’ll want to go out and hug a tree at the very least. 

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Tate Britain, Westminster Until Sunday October 25 2015

Shaped in Mexico

This contemporary exhibition brings the best of Mexico's cultural tradition and identity to the South Bank. Expect everything from painting and photography to immersive large-scale installations.

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Bargehouse, South Bank Friday September 4 2015 - Saturday September 12 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/