Serpentine Galleries

Serpentine Galleries Modern and contemporary art and architecture. Free admission. Please note the Galleries are closed for installation between exhibitions. The Serpentine Galleries are one of London’s best-loved galleries for modern and contemporary art.
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They attract up to 800,000 visitors in any one year and admission is free. In the grounds of the Galleries is a permanent work by artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, dedicated to the Serpentine’s former Patron Diana, Princess of Wales. The work comprises eight benches, a tree-plaque, and a carved stone circle at the Gallery’s entrance. In September 2013, Serpentine Galleries opened its new space, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. This innovative arts venue for the 21st century is housed in the Grade II-listed building formerly known as The Magazine, situated in Kensington Gardens. In 2016 the Serpentine Pavilion programme expanded to include four Summer Houses in a group show of architecture in the built form. For the second year running the Serpentine, in association with Bloomberg Philanthropies, has opened the Build Your Own Pavilion Challenge, a competition for 8-14 year olds to design and enter their Pavilion models. For more information http://buildyourownpavilion.serpentinegalleries.org/

Getting here

Serpentine Gallery
Nearest tube stations: Lancaster Gate, Knightsbridge or South Kensington Main bus routes: 9, 10, 52, 94, 148

Serpentine Sackler Gallery
Nearest tube stations: Lancaster Gate or Marble Arch Main bus routes: 148, 274, 390 94

Group visits
The Serpentine welcomes school, university and community groups to the Galleries on Tuesday through Sunday for self-led visits. All groups must book in advance with the visitor services team. For further information regarding planning a group visit, please visit our group visits page. Parking for vehicles and bicycles
There is metered car parking in Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. There is dedicated cycle parking within the grounds of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. There are Santander Cycles hire stations on West Carriage Drive near the Serpentine Sackler Gallery and on The Ring near the Serpentine Gallery. Dogs
Dogs are not permitted inside the Serpentine Galleries or The Magazine restaurant. There are several dog rings outside the Serpentine Galleries for short visits. Guide dogs are permitted. Accessibility
We have full disability access and facilities. Facilities – toilets/baby changing room
The Serpentine Galleries have full disability access and facilities. There is a baby changing room located at each Gallery. Refreshments
Kofler & Kompanie run a cafe at the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion has a selection of teas, coffees, sandwiches and cakes available daily 10am-6pm until 9 October 2016. The Magazine bar at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery offers visitors a selection of snack items, teas, coffees, cocktails and wine. Opening times vary on a daily basis. Call the bar on 020 7298 7552 for more information.

Operating as usual

Today, Ferdinando Verderi, the Creative Director behind part one of James Barnor’s #PastPresentFuture retrospective at P...
08/04/2021

Today, Ferdinando Verderi, the Creative Director behind part one of James Barnor’s #PastPresentFuture retrospective at Piccadilly Circus is taking over our Instagram account.

Follow along: https://www.instagram.com/serpentineuk/

If you enjoyed last week's #PortraitsForTheFuture event, (and want our programs to remain free to all) we would hugely a...
06/04/2021

If you enjoyed last week's #PortraitsForTheFuture event, (and want our programs to remain free to all) we would hugely appreciate a donation via our Kickstarter campaign which includes special posters, limited editions, tours and more.

Your contributions will go towards a free public programme of special events around James Barnor’s Serpentine exhibition this summer.

Explore the Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1439294921/portraits-for-the-future-a-celebration-of-james-barnor

*Spring is dangerous, like love. And love survives the lovers.* ⛰️ 🌕Himali Singh Soin, together with curator Kostas Stas...
03/04/2021

*Spring is dangerous, like love. And love survives the lovers.* ⛰️ 🌕

Himali Singh Soin, together with curator Kostas Stasinopoulos, asked friends to share messages, traces and transmissions of love. Inspired by a letter that a nuclear-powered spy device addresses to the patron mountain of the Indian Himalayas, Nanda Devi, this valley of notes makes transcontinental, cosmic trajectories in search of love. What it finds: loss.

https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/art-and-ideas/spring-is-dangerous-like-love-and-love-survives-the-lovers/

**words by Etel Adnan

01/04/2021
Past, Present, Future

We’re excited to launch ‘Past, Present, Future’, a new film series with CIRCA celebrating James Barnor on the Piccadilly Lights screen throughout April!

The series considers Barnor’s archive in 3 parts:

1-10 April: A new Vogue Italia shoot directed by Ferdinando Verderi with James Barnor revisits the past

11-20 April: A photographic archive remixed for today by Olu Michael Odukoya

21-30 April: A future showcase of creative talent on the rise from Africa and the diaspora curated by Culture Art Society

Visit Piccadilly at 20:21pm every evening to see James Barnor light up the town! #PastPresentFuture

https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/james-barnor-past-present-future/

31/03/2021
Kickstarter Campaign

That's a wrap! 🎉 Thanks to everyone who tuned into #PortraitsForTheFuture.

If you enjoyed tonight's free event we welcome donations via our Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1439294921/portraits-for-the-future-a-celebration-of-james-barnor

Your generosity will help realise a programme of events around Barnor's Serpentine exhibition this summer.

If you missed the live broadcast, you can watch the recording on YouTube.

With thanks to Marandi Foundation, Pictet Group and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

31/03/2021
Ebo Taylor

Going live in 5... #PortraitsForTheFuture! 💃

Tune in ➡️ futureportraits.serpentinegalleries.org

This event is free but we welcome donations via our Kickstarter campaign.
Your contributions will go towards building a programme of free community events around Barnor’s Serpentine exhibition this summer.

With thanks to Marandi Foundation, Pictet Group and Bloomberg Philanthropies

31/03/2021
Portraits for the Future

The countdown begins! Join us this evening for #PortraitsForTheFuture 📸

We are so excited to share with you an incredible selection of conversations, short films, music and poetry – all in honour of the British-Ghanaian photographer James Barnor.

Tonight! 31 March. 7pm BST.

futureportraits.serpentinegalleries.org

Renowned architect and Serpentine trustee Sir David Adjaye OBE is behind some of the most elegant and visionary architec...
27/03/2021

Renowned architect and Serpentine trustee Sir David Adjaye OBE is behind some of the most elegant and visionary architecture of recent years.

Last year David Adjaye spoke to Hans Ulrich Obrist about Édouard Glissant, designing public institutions and returning to Ghana to build a cathedral.

Watch their conversation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DU7b-2cEP8

What makes a great image? 📸As part of #PortraitsForTheFuture, pioneering artists and image-makers Ming Smith, Dayanita S...
27/03/2021

What makes a great image? 📸

As part of #PortraitsForTheFuture, pioneering artists and image-makers Ming Smith, Dayanita Singh, Tourmaline, Samuel Fosso and Zohra Opoku share special instructions for creating powerful photographs.

31 March. 7pm BST. Register today: https://bit.ly/2Qzfuz1

Your contributions will help us to build a programme of free community events around Barnor’s Serpentine exhibition this summer.

With thanks to Marandi Foundation, Pictet Group and Bloomberg

"When one considers that James Barnor's collection is made over 6 decades, one begins to notice how time unfolds - in sp...
26/03/2021

"When one considers that James Barnor's collection is made over 6 decades, one begins to notice how time unfolds - in specific places, in people, politically or even in colour and in film stock."

In a new video essay, Eric Gyamfi shares a poetic meditation on the relationship between James Barnor's images and time.

31 March. 7pm BST. Register for the event and nab a special reward from our Kickstarter campaign while you're there: https://bit.ly/2Qzfuz1

Your donations will help us to build a programme of free community events around Barnor’s Serpentine exhibition this summer.

With thanks to Marandi Foundation, @pictetgroup and @bloomergdotorg

Eric Gyamfi, From the series Just Like Us 2016- 2021, Inkjet print, courtesy the artist

Like James Barnor, the London-based photographer Liz Johnson Artur is known for her striking images of the African Diasp...
25/03/2021

Like James Barnor, the London-based photographer Liz Johnson Artur is known for her striking images of the African Diaspora spanning three decades.

Catch a glimpse of Barnor's archive in Liz Johnson Artur's short artist film premiering next week in #PortraitsForTheFuture and listen to James reflect on his journey to becoming a photographer.

31 March. 7pm GMT. Register today: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/portraits-for-the-future-a-celebration-of-james-barnor/

This event is free but we welcome contributions via our Kickstarter campaign - bag yourself some prints, limited editions, tickets to exclusive events and more. Your donations will help us to build a programme of free community events around Barnor’s Serpentine exhibition this summer.

With thanks to Marandi Foundation, Pictet Group and Bloomberg Philanthropies
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1. Josephine, Peckham, 1995
2. Black Balloon Archive, 1992–ongoing
3. Country Show, 2016
4. Untitled, 1996–2012
5. Untitled (PDA), 2018
6. Untitled, 1996–2012
7. Black Balloon Archive, 1992–ongoing
8. Black Balloon Archive, 1992–ongoing

"A true visionary, James Barnor's influence can be felt on artists around the world and back" - Naomi Campbell ✨In a spe...
24/03/2021

"A true visionary, James Barnor's influence can be felt on artists around the world and back" - Naomi Campbell ✨

In a special message for #PortraitsForTheFuture, the iconic fashion model Naomi Campbell praises the inter-generational influence of Barnor's work and shares some of her favourite images by the photographer.

31 March. 7pm BST. Register now: https://bit.ly/2Qzfuz1

Our Kickstarter campaign is now live - go check out our exclusive selection of rewards at the link in bio! Your donations will help us to build a programme of free community events around Barnor’s Serpentine exhibition this summer.

With thanks to Marandi Foundation, Pictet Group and Bloomberg Philanthropies

Image credit: Carlos Idun-Tawiah

23/03/2021
Sebastián Calfuqueo

"In the Indigenous archive of gender and s*x, we find traces of other ways of thinking far beyond the prevailing binary introduced by the Western world."

As part of Macarena Gómez-Barris' ongoing research for #BacktoEarth, the scholar speaks with Indigenous Mapuche non-binary artist Sebastián Calfuqueo about issues of transitivity, decolonialism, land and water struggles, and how q***r/trans Indigenous embodiment complicates many of the dualities in Western thought.

https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/art-and-ideas/into-the-fluid-heart-of-wallmapu-territory/

We are saddened to hear of the passing of the wonderful Nawal El Saadawi.The influential feminist writer, activist, phys...
23/03/2021

We are saddened to hear of the passing of the wonderful Nawal El Saadawi.

The influential feminist writer, activist, physician and psychiatrist participated in The Bidoun Library’s programme as part of Serpentine’s Edgware Road in 2011. You can watch her talk here: https://vimeo.com/27695187

Her activism for women’s rights and bodily autonomy was one of the main driving forces behind many reforms in Egypt and she is a pioneering voice on women's identity and gender equality.

RIP Nawal ❤️

How can photographers from different generations inspire and influence each other? Don't miss James Barnor and Tyler Mit...
22/03/2021

How can photographers from different generations inspire and influence each other?

Don't miss James Barnor and Tyler Mitchell in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist for #PortraitsForTheFuture as they discuss the past, present and future of image-making.

31 March. 7pm GMT. Register now: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/portraits-for-the-future-a-celebration-of-james-barnor/

#PortraitsForTheFuture is a virtual event bringing together Clara Amfo, Edward Enninful, Naomi, Liz Johnson Artur, Tourmaline and more to celebrate Barnor’s life and work.

The event is free but your generous contributions to our Kickstarter campaign (launching this Wednesday) will go towards realising a series of community events around Barnor’s work throughout 2021.

With thanks to Marandi Foundation, Pictet Group and Bloomberg

Today marks the Spring Equinox.Experience a new artwork - ‘A Wish is a Form of Travel’ - the second instalment of artist...
20/03/2021

Today marks the Spring Equinox.

Experience a new artwork - ‘A Wish is a Form of Travel’ - the second instalment of artist Sophia Al-Maria’s ongoing project with the Serpentine ‘Taraxos’, which ruminates on the dandelion to explore cycles of history, hierarchies of kinship.

Astrologically, Spring begins today at 9:37am (GMT).
To mark it, we're sharing some 'fractal derives' from artist Leila Dear's Taraxacum series.

Head to tarax.live to experience something magical. Link in bio.

Involucre - Leila Dear - Taraxacum Series

Have you registered for #PortraitsForTheFuture yet? We can’t wait to see you there!Our host for the night Clara Amfo wil...
18/03/2021

Have you registered for #PortraitsForTheFuture yet? We can’t wait to see you there!

Our host for the night Clara Amfo will be joined virtually by an all-star line-up including Edward Enninful, Naomi Campbell, Tyler Mitchell, Liz Johnson Artur, Tourmaline and more to celebrate the far-reaching influence of James Barnor's image-making across Accra and London.

31st March. 7pm GMT. Register now: https://bit.ly/2O26pO8

The event is free, but we will be welcoming donations to our Kickstarter campaign. Your generous contributions will go towards realising a series of community events around Barnor’s work throughout 2021.

With thanks to Marandi Foundation, @pictetgroup and @bloomergdotorg

“Glitch Feminism asks us to break what’s broken with the goal of rebuilding.”Tonight, Legacy Russell, author of ‘Glitch ...
17/03/2021

“Glitch Feminism asks us to break what’s broken with the goal of rebuilding.”

Tonight, Legacy Russell, author of ‘Glitch Feminism’ will be in conversation with Serpentine’s Artistic Director, Hans Ulrich Obrist.

‘Glitch Feminism’ unfurls a new kind of cyberfeminism that centres q***r, trans and nonbinary and in doing so asks: can we free ourselves from our bodies?

Join us this evening on Instagram Live at 7pm GMT. @SerpentineUK

https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/glitch-feminism-legacy-russell-hans-ulrich-obrist-in-conversation/

Tomorrow! Rindon Johnson and his avatar will join us for an experimental multiplayer event on Jakob Kudsk Seensen's virt...
15/03/2021

Tomorrow! Rindon Johnson and his avatar will join us for an experimental multiplayer event on Jakob Kudsk Seensen's virtual island, live on Twitch at 6.30pm GMT.

Much of the artist and writer's recent work engages with virtual reality and the simulation of new worlds and possibilities through technology – topics to be explored during the event.
https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/artist-worlds-primal-tourism/

A message from Tomás Saraceno for #SaveASpiderDay 🕷️  To destroy the cobweb destroys the spider. There are as many ends ...
14/03/2021

A message from Tomás Saraceno for #SaveASpiderDay 🕷️

To destroy the cobweb destroys the spider. There are as many ends as worlds in fragile tension. Pay attention to weaved lives.

Tomás Saraceno’s upcoming AR work ‘Web of Life’ aims to bring greater attention to our webbed, eight-legged friends and the fragility of our interconnected world.

Explore the artwork this May on Acute Art app for Serpentine's ongoing #BacktoEarth project.

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Next week! Don't miss our virtual island trip with artists Jakob Kudsk Steensen and Rindon Johnson, academic Alenda Y. C...
13/03/2021
Artist Worlds: Primal Tourism - Serpentine Galleries

Next week! Don't miss our virtual island trip with artists Jakob Kudsk Steensen and Rindon Johnson, academic Alenda Y. Chang and writer Mikkel Rosengaard.

Live on Twitch. 16 March.
https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/artist-worlds-primal-tourism/

Join artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen and friends in this experimental live multiplayer virtual event focused on the interrelationship between ecology, sustainability and advancing technologies.

If you enjoyed the ‘On Practice’ podcast, you should check out our new reading list 👀Compiled by Serpentine curators, it...
12/03/2021

If you enjoyed the ‘On Practice’ podcast, you should check out our new reading list 👀

Compiled by Serpentine curators, it features a range of radical texts that have informed some of the thinking behind our Civic & Education programmes in recent years, from Judith Butler to bell hooks and Pauline Oliveros.

https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/art-and-ideas/on-practice-reading-list/

We spoke to Alenda Y. Chang, author of ‘Playing Nature: Ecology in Video Games’ about the relationship between videogame...
11/03/2021
Playing Nature: Alenda Chang on Gaming's Role in the Climate Crisis - Serpentine Galleries

We spoke to Alenda Y. Chang, author of ‘Playing Nature: Ecology in Video Games’ about the relationship between videogames and the natural world and the role that play can have in confronting the climate emergency. Chang and her avatar will be joining us for the next ‘Artist Worlds’ event on 16 March.

Read the interview: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/art-and-ideas/playing-nature-alenda-chang/

We speak with Alenda Y. Chang, writer, academic and contributor to Artist Worlds about the relationship between video games and the natural world and the

11/03/2021
Portraits for the Future

We’re thrilled to announce an exciting virtual event to celebrate the visionary photographer, James Barnor.

#PortraitsForTheFuture will bring together world-renowned artists, photographers, musicians and leading cultural figures to reflect on the enduring legacy of Barnor’s timeless photography.

Hosted by Clara Amfo, the event features James Barnor in conversation with photographer Tyler Mitchell and Hans Ulrich Obrist; music by Ebo Taylor; poetry by Nii Ayikwei Parkes; a look through the archives with Black in the Day, contributions from Sir David Adjaye, Naomi Campbell and British Vogue Editor-In-Chief Edward Enninful; plus instructions, reflections and tips from some of the most exciting photographers working today, including Liz Johnson Artur, Samuel Fosso, Eric Gyamfi, Zohra Opoku, Dayanita Singh, and Juergen Teller, Ming Smith and Tourmaliiine

This event is free but we will be welcoming donations to our Kickstarter campaign on the night. Your contributions will go towards realising a series of community events around Barnor’s work throughout 2021.

Join us for #PortraitsfortheFuture on 31 March, 7pm GMT.

Register today: https://bit.ly/3t4zFTB

🚶 How can walking be used as a tool for resistance and change?This episode of the ‘On Practice’ podcast features artist ...
09/03/2021
On Practice: Walking - Serpentine Galleries

🚶 How can walking be used as a tool for resistance and change?

This episode of the ‘On Practice’ podcast features artist Sam Curtis’s project with children from the Portman Early Childhood Centre, ‘Which Way Now?’ and interviews with anthropologist Tim Ingold, campaign group Voice of Domestic Workers and writer Katouche Goll.

Listen: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/art-and-ideas/on-practice-walking/

How can it be used as a tool for resistance and change?

This #InternationalWomensDay, we celebrate the work of Jennifer Packer whose critically acclaimed exhibition will reopen...
08/03/2021

This #InternationalWomensDay, we celebrate the work of Jennifer Packer whose critically acclaimed exhibition will reopen in May and be extended into the summer.

Known for painting intimate portraits of family and friends, many of the artist’s works centre women as subjects. The artist has said, “When I walk through museum collections, I see all the things that aren't there. If I walk through the American Wing, I see a dearth of black women… that kind of erasure is something I'm interested in contradicting."

Free tickets for Packer’s Serpentine exhibition will be available to book in the coming weeks.

#JenniferPacker #IWD2020

👂 How can listening form a space of political encounter?This episode features artist Ain Bailey’s collaboration with Mic...
07/03/2021
On Practice: Listening

👂 How can listening form a space of political encounter?

This episode features artist Ain Bailey’s collaboration with Micro Rainbow alongside recordings from Pauline Oliveros’ tuning meditations, a sound piece from artist collective Ultra-red and a contribution from academic and sound practitioner Ximena Alarcón.

https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/art-and-ideas/on-practice-listening/

How can listening form a space of political encounter?

06/03/2021

Join artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen and friends in this experimental live multiplayer virtual event focused on the interrelationship between ecology, sustainability and advancing technologies.

Hosted in a unique and newly built VR gaming environment; a virtual island modelled on Bora Bora in French Polynesia, that was initially developed for Jakob’s work Primal Tourism (2016), the artist takes us on an immersive tour of his world.

Along the way we’ll meet some of his close collaborators: academic Alenda Chang, artist Rindon Johnson and writer Mikkel Rosengaard, and experience live readings that speak to our ecological present, discuss creative world-building practices and the ‘reimagination of nature’ through technology.

16 March, 6.30pm GMT. Live on Twitch.

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West Carriage Drive · London, United Kingdom
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Nearest London Underground stations: Knightsbridge, Lancaster Gate or South Kensington; Buses: 9, 10, 52, 94, 148; Metered parking in Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park; Full disability access.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

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Championing the possibilities of new ideas in contemporary art since opening in 1970, the Serpentine has presented pioneering exhibitions for almost half a century, showing a wide range of work from emerging practitioners to the most internationally recognised artists of our time, providing a place for them to experiment and an open platform for them to be seen and heard.

The Serpentine is committed to presenting interdisciplinary and collaborative work across art, architecture, design, fashion and digital.

Across two sites, the Serpentine Gallery and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery present a year-round, open programme of exhibitions, education, live events and technological innovation, in the park and beyond. Proud to maintain free access for all visitors, thanks to its unique location, the Galleries also reach an exceptionally broad audience and connect with the local community.

Architecture is a core aspect of the Serpentine’s programme, with the annual Serpentine Pavilion commission as well as its global extension, with a Beijing Pavilion in 2018. The late Dame Zaha Hadid, Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate Zaha Hadid, designed the Serpentine Sackler Gallery and Chucs Serpentine, a former 1805 Grade II* listed former gunpowder store, returning it to public use for the first time in its 208-year history.


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