Free exhibitions in London
See a multicoloured galaxy created using rubies and emeralds. Void is brought to life through photographs of the semi-precious stones that are magnified and projected over the walls. Step into the Void on Sunday to see the space vibrate with a performance from female electronic drone choir NYX (£5).
Noses at the ready! This immersive exhibition tells the story of Barking’s industrial past through the power of smell. Sewage, fish and the scent of a fizzy pop factory will all be on display for you to take a whiff at, so you can discover what the streets of the east London suburb smelt like 200 years ago. It's certainly not to be sniffed at. The smelly exhibition can be found at Valence House Museum, Dagenham. A further exhibition (which doesn’t include the smell feature) can be found outside the National Theatre until Oct 5.
Ever wondered how a science lab manages to breed, feed and store a million fruit flies for experiments? Well, prepared to be amazed. The Crick Institute is offering up a behind-the-scenes look at the methods and people driving the latest scientific advances. And it's not just flies either, with the lid lifted on laser guides, cell growers and tech fixers too.
T-shirt platform Everpress has launched its annual 50/50 campaign – 50 limited-edition tees designed by 50 artists, all raising money for Justice4Grenfell. Check out the designs at this pop-up exhibition – including ones from gal-dem, Vicky Grout, BBZ and HANGER Inc – and pick one up for yourself.
Promising a pop-up party for all the senses, this free, drop-in interactive installation allows you to watch or participate in edible experiments that play with your sense of taste, touch, smell, and sight. It’s all in aid of gaining an insight into the complex relationship between stomach microbiome and brain, with scientists and researchers on hand to answer questions and facilitate debate about eating habits and the future of food.
The Belgravia spot will be hosting a light installation by the artist collective Squidsoup this Christmas, which will see 500 individually orbs suspended in the space for visitors to immerse themselves in. Eagle-eyed readers will recognise the group's work from their collaboration with DJ and producer Four Tet at his recent live shows, and you can expect more of the same from their free festive show at the west London hub.
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