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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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The Fallen Woman

This exhibition brings together paintings, drawings and newspaper illustrations depicting the Victorian women who campaigned for the Foundling Hospital to take their illegitimate babies into care. Works by popular nineteenth-century artists including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Richard Redgrave and George Frederic Watts are included.

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Foundling Museum , Bloomsbury Until Sunday January 3 2016

The Art of Nuisance

Two weeks of art interventions, workshops and gatherings celebrating feminist activism. Organised by The Sisters of Perpetual Resistance, the fortnight opens with a show by five emerging artists featuring sonic and anarchist art.

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HQ , Southwark Monday October 12 2015 - Friday October 23 2015

Animal Tales

This exhibition looks at the history of animals in storytelling, from ancient cave paintings to cat memes. A family trail and children's reading area will keep younger visitors busy.

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British Library , Euston Until Sunday November 1 2015

Glass Delusions

In this exhibition of prints, drawings, videos and objects, artist-in-residence Eleanor Morgan explores the boundary between living and non-living materials and looks at the way minerals become living things. 

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Grant Museum of Zoology , Fitzrovia Until Saturday December 19 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

The World Goes Pop

Critics' choice

This show isn’t about the pop art you know, it’s about the pop art that escaped the history books. And it certainly packs a punch. It’s fun, engaging, colourful, revelatory, opinionated, racy and stunning. 

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Tate Modern , South Bank Until Sunday January 24 2016

Ai Weiwei

Critics' choice

Some artists become famous. A few become more famous than their art. Ai Weiwei is a megastar, whose fame as an activist, dissident, and general pain the backside of the Chinese government eclipses anything he has ever made. Which makes this exhibition of his work from past two decades less of a retrospective and more of a belated introduction.

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Royal Academy of Arts , Mayfair Until Sunday December 13 2015

ZSL Animal Photography Exhibition

The Zoological Society of London's Animal Photography Prize fills the zoo with spectacular images, with photographers of all experience levels competing for a chunk of the £10,000 prize fund.

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London Zoo , Regent's Park Until Sunday February 28 2016

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 , Camden Town Sunday October 11 2015 - Wednesday October 14 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/