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 Engine Room International Sound Art Exhibition

An international sound art competition sourced the 22 installations for this exhibition, which features soundscapes, audio visual works, sound sculptures and everything in between. Listen to bird cantatas in a forest of radios, hear the weeping of a wounded violin or discover how speakers, microphones and turntables flirt with each other as your perception of sound is challenged and transformed.

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Morley College Until Friday June 12 2015 Free

Public London: Ten Years of Transforming Spaces

When New London Architecture was founded a decade ago one of its first exhibitions was about projects proposed as part of Ken Livingstone’s hundred public spaces programme. This show looks at the projects that have been completed since then, transforming the spaces between buildings and making the parts of the city we all share more pleasant places to be.

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New London Architecture Until Friday July 10 2015 Free

The Power of Poison

Intoxicating, secretive and dangerous, tales of poison have fuelled our most sinister stories throughout history. This exhibition, which is adapted from The American Museum of Natural History's New York original, reveals the strange things that happen when toxic substances claim a victim. 

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Old Truman Brewery Until Saturday September 5 2015

Cornelia Parker: Magna Carta (An Embroidery)

As part of the British Library's Magna Carta season, which marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the treaty, British artist Cornelia Parker has created a commission which responds to the document's legacy in the digital era. The embroidery is almost 13 metres long, 1.5 metres wide, and replicates the Magna Carta's Wikipedia article as it appeared on the charter's 799th anniversary.

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British Library Until Friday July 24 2015 Free

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.

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Design Museum Until Sunday August 16 2015

Life on Foot

Marking the 40-year anniversary of Camper, the family-run Spanish footwear brand, the Design Museum will take visitors on a journey from the design studios in Mallorca to mass production facilities in the Far East and on to shop floors across the globe. Taking a look at the brand's humorous approach to advertising, traditional shoemaking skills and contemporary design practice, the exhibition will include archival material including concept drawings and prototype products.

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Design Museum Until Sunday November 1 2015

The Alice Look

Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' turns 150 in 2015, and to mark the anniversary this exhibition will bring together garments, photographs, rare editions and illustrations which show how Alice has both followed and influenced fashion over the decades.

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V&A Museum of Childhood Until Sunday November 1 2015 Free

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.

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Geffrye Museum Until Sunday July 12 2015

Leaving Home

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.

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Contemporary Applied Arts Saturday May 30 2015 Free

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.

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Grant Museum of Zoology Until Saturday June 27 2015 Free
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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!