Exhibition

Venturing Beyond: Graffiti and the Everyday Utopias of the Street

31 Mar 2016 – 2 May 2016

Event times

Daily 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.15)

Cost of entry

Free admission

Somerset House

London, United Kingdom

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Travel Information

  • 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 77a, 91 and 176, while the River Bus Service can be taken to Embankment and Savoy Piers.
  • Temple, Covent Garden, Charing Cross and Embankment.
  • Charing Cross, Waterloo and Blackfriars.

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Exploring unsanctioned public art – or graffiti – as an intrinsically utopian practice, the exhibition showcases the specially-commissioned work of seventeen street artists from around the globe.

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As part of UTOPIA 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility, the exhibition explores unsanctioned public art – or graffiti – as an intrinsically utopian practice, and showcases the specially-commissioned work of seventeen street artists from around the globe, from stars of the scene such as Shepard Fairey and REVOK, to critically acclaimed artists such as Eltono and Filippo Minelli.

From 13 – 20 April, artists Horfée and Russell Maurice will take up residency, providing visitors with an insight into the processes of the practice. Working in situ, they will produce a new body of work based on the utopian themes of the exhibition. This project space will then remain open for viewing alongside the main exhibition until 2 May.

Graffiti and street art acts as an alternative voice, whether it is loud and brazen or more subtle and difficult to decipher, which strives to challenge the well-worn systems of society. All of the artists will uniquely interpret their ideas on these utopian foundations of graffiti.

The exhibition is in collaboration with arts organisation A(by)P.

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