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.

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,

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,

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James Barnor – "Photography is in every branch of life."In this film, the 92-year-old British-Ghanaian photographer refl...
23/09/2021
James Barnor – 'Photography is in every branch of life'

James Barnor – "Photography is in every branch of life."

In this film, the 92-year-old British-Ghanaian photographer reflects on his 60-year career. From his time as an apprentice and photo-journalist in Accra documenting life in Ghana before and after Independence to shooting some of the first African cover girls for Drum magazine in London.

Visit 'James Barnor: Accra/London – A Retrospective' until 24 October.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AahRg_Ilsis

British-Ghanaian photographer James Barnor's career spans six decades, two continents and numerous photographic genres through his work with studio portraitu...

👂 Ain Bailey is a sound artist and DJ. Using sonic memories and collective listening, her work explores the role of soun...
23/09/2021

👂 Ain Bailey is a sound artist and DJ. Using sonic memories and collective listening, her work explores the role of sound in identity formation.

Bailey’s latest work is part of ‘Listening to the City’ - a series of sound commissions for the Serpentine Pavilion 2021 designed by Counterspace. ‘Atlantic Railton’ reflects on past sites of community organising in Brixton through intimate conversations that sonically reflect on the memories, actions and relationships held in these sites of community care and resistance.

Visit Ain Bailey's 'Atlantic Railton' sound commission in the Serpentine Pavilion before it ends 25 September: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/ain-bailey-atlantic-railton/

Photo: Christian Nyampeta

👂 Ain Bailey is a sound artist and DJ. Using sonic memories and collective listening, her work explores the role of sound in identity formation.

Bailey’s latest work is part of ‘Listening to the City’ - a series of sound commissions for the Serpentine Pavilion 2021 designed by Counterspace. ‘Atlantic Railton’ reflects on past sites of community organising in Brixton through intimate conversations that sonically reflect on the memories, actions and relationships held in these sites of community care and resistance.

Visit Ain Bailey's 'Atlantic Railton' sound commission in the Serpentine Pavilion before it ends 25 September: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/ain-bailey-atlantic-railton/

Photo: Christian Nyampeta

22/09/2021

James Barnor – "Photography is in every branch of life."

In this film, the 92-year-old British-Ghanaian photographer reflects on his 60-year career. From his time as an apprentice and photo-journalist in Accra documenting life in Ghana before and after Independence to shooting some of the first African cover girls for Drum magazine in London.

Visit 'James Barnor: Accra/London – A Retrospective' until 24 October.

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

21/09/2021
Larry Achiampong and David Blandy

How can artists tell stories within an increasingly virtual world?

Join artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy alongside Serpentine’s Head of Arts Technologies Kay Watson, as they discuss creative practice across art, film, poetry, performance and music, and how both artists have been merging storytelling within game worlds whilst still maintaining a critical art practice.

27 Sept, 6pm BST. Register free: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/future-art-ecosystems-2-live-david-blandy-and-larry-achiampong-x-kay-watson/

Our first gathering with the Support Structures for Support Structures artists over the weekend ✨This new fellowship pro...
20/09/2021

Our first gathering with the Support Structures for Support Structures artists over the weekend ✨

This new fellowship programme supports artists working at the intersection of art, spatial politics and community practice, awarding each artist or collective with an unrestricted grant and the opportunity to join an interdisciplinary network for support, development workshops and mentoring.

We'll be sharing profiles of the artists on our website in the coming months, so keep your eyes peeled for more soon.

https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/support-structures-for-support-structures/

Our first gathering with the Support Structures for Support Structures artists over the weekend ✨

This new fellowship programme supports artists working at the intersection of art, spatial politics and community practice, awarding each artist or collective with an unrestricted grant and the opportunity to join an interdisciplinary network for support, development workshops and mentoring.

We'll be sharing profiles of the artists on our website in the coming months, so keep your eyes peeled for more soon.

https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/support-structures-for-support-structures/

18/09/2021
Sumayya Vally

South Africa’s largest city is a huge source of inspiration for this year’s Serpentine Pavilion architect Sumayya Vally, director of Counterspace.

As a child, Vally would often walk from her grandfather’s store in inner city Johannesburg to the public library. The architect describes these trips as a formative part of her childhood when she would drink in the textures of the streets, buildings and communities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WC3aWHFGUwE

How do cities rebuild themselves after conflict and segregation? What does it mean to exist in a state of "belonging in ...
17/09/2021

How do cities rebuild themselves after conflict and segregation? What does it mean to exist in a state of "belonging in unbelonging" as an insider and an outsider? How can architecture exist as a method of decolonization?

Read a conversation between 2021 Serpentine Pavilion architect Sumayya Vally and architect, urban designer and researcher Adrian Lahoud around the potential for architecture to live within a space of hybridity.

https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/art-and-ideas/in-conversation-adrian-lahoud-sumayya-vally/

15/09/2021
Sam Rolfes

Artist Sam Rolfes specialises in "digital performance", creating otherwordly environments using VR controllers, live capture and digital puppetry.

Watch the artist in conversation with Serpentine Arts Technologies Producer Alex Boyes speaking about his beginnings in digital art, working in the music industry, Half Life 2 and creating choreography in VR.

https://youtu.be/w4gR5GJOPIo

One of the voices featured in Ain Bailey's sound commission is Claudette Parry Laws, daughter of the founders of the Bri...
14/09/2021

One of the voices featured in Ain Bailey's sound commission is Claudette Parry Laws, daughter of the founders of the Brixton Neighborhood Community Association, Courtney (pictured here) and Ruby Laws. She recalls her memories of the space through sites and sounds and the impact it had on Black people in Brixton.

"The entire focus of the organisation was to uplift the Black community and fill a gap where the community was not being serviced. Their dedication lasted over 40 years. It's a missing story from Brixton's history, but it's a story that impacted thousands of people and made a difference to many, many lives. As a child I was a witness.”

Visit the Serpentine Pavilion to hear 'Atlantic Railton' daily at 11am and 5pm until 24 September. https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/ain-bailey-atlantic-railton/
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Courtney Laws OD OBE outside the Brixton Neighbourhood Community Association Advice and Counselling Centre courtesy of Claudette Parry Laws

One of the voices featured in Ain Bailey's sound commission is Claudette Parry Laws, daughter of the founders of the Brixton Neighborhood Community Association, Courtney (pictured here) and Ruby Laws. She recalls her memories of the space through sites and sounds and the impact it had on Black people in Brixton.

"The entire focus of the organisation was to uplift the Black community and fill a gap where the community was not being serviced. Their dedication lasted over 40 years. It's a missing story from Brixton's history, but it's a story that impacted thousands of people and made a difference to many, many lives. As a child I was a witness.”

Visit the Serpentine Pavilion to hear 'Atlantic Railton' daily at 11am and 5pm until 24 September. https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/ain-bailey-atlantic-railton/
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Courtney Laws OD OBE outside the Brixton Neighbourhood Community Association Advice and Counselling Centre courtesy of Claudette Parry Laws

13/09/2021
Amelia Winger-Bearskin

“The seeds of our civilization are stories. Our framework for lasting peace, a just democracy and our sustainable technological inventions are all kept inside of our stories. Our stories are our generational guidance systems, it is where we record the best of us. Stories will change formats in every generation, and our stories have changed formats with the technologies of our time.“

Tonight, artist Amelia Bearskin-Winger is joined by Arts Technologies Producer and Curator Tamar Clarke-Brown @licklemore_ for a conversation on antecedent and indigenous technologies, ethical frameworks for technological design, co-creation and storytelling in the metaverse.

6pm BST. Live on Twitch. RSVP: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/future-art-ecosystems-2-live-amelia-winger-bearskin-x-tamar-clarke-brown/

For ‘Park Nights 2021’, artist, writer and poet Rhea Dillon will present ‘Catgut - The Opera’.The performance will be ac...
10/09/2021

For ‘Park Nights 2021’, artist, writer and poet Rhea Dillon will present ‘Catgut - The Opera’.

The performance will be accompanied by sound direction by James William Blades, which will include an original composition by TWEAKS, and costumes designed by Jawara Alleyne.

17 September, 8pm BST: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/park-nights-2021/s

You can also tune in via the livestream on Boiler Room.
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Browning, VO Curations, homeplace. Photo courtesy of Rhea Dillon and V.O Curations

Rhea Dillon, Janus, B 01, Photo courtesy of Rhea Dillon and Soft Opening

#RheaDillon #ParkNights2021

Photo courtesy of Rhea Dillon and Almine

For ‘Park Nights 2021’, artist, writer and poet Rhea Dillon will present ‘Catgut - The Opera’.

The performance will be accompanied by sound direction by James William Blades, which will include an original composition by TWEAKS, and costumes designed by Jawara Alleyne.

17 September, 8pm BST: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/park-nights-2021/s

You can also tune in via the livestream on Boiler Room.
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Browning, VO Curations, homeplace. Photo courtesy of Rhea Dillon and V.O Curations

Rhea Dillon, Janus, B 01, Photo courtesy of Rhea Dillon and Soft Opening

#RheaDillon #ParkNights2021

Photo courtesy of Rhea Dillon and Almine

This weekend, we close out the summer in style with a celebration inspired by James Barnor's joyous photography and love...
09/09/2021
Lucky Jim's Concert Party - Serpentine Galleries

This weekend, we close out the summer in style with a celebration inspired by James Barnor's joyous photography and love of music 🥁

‘Lucky Jim’s Concert Party’ will feature Flipped Eye poets, an acoustic tribute to the Ghanaian band and cultural troupe Fɛɛ Hii, which Barnor managed for over twenty years performed by UK-based West African drummers. and a display of images from our #SerpentineFamilyFOTO open call this summer.

11 September. Find out more: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/lucky-jims-concert-party/

Join us for an afternoon of music and activities that celebrate the 92-year-old British-Ghanaian photographer James Barnor.

This weekend, we close out the summer in style with a celebration inspired by James Barnor's joyous photography and love...
09/09/2021

This weekend, we close out the summer in style with a celebration inspired by James Barnor's joyous photography and love of music 🥁

‘Lucky Jim’s Concert Party’ will feature Flipped Eye poets, an acoustic tribute to the Ghanaian band and cultural troupe Fɛɛ Hii, which Barnor managed for over twenty years performed by UK-based west African drummers. and a display of images from our #SerpentineFamilyFOTO open call this summer.

11 September. https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/lucky-jims-concert-party/

This weekend, we close out the summer in style with a celebration inspired by James Barnor's joyous photography and love of music 🥁

‘Lucky Jim’s Concert Party’ will feature Flipped Eye poets, an acoustic tribute to the Ghanaian band and cultural troupe Fɛɛ Hii, which Barnor managed for over twenty years performed by UK-based west African drummers. and a display of images from our #SerpentineFamilyFOTO open call this summer.

11 September. https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/lucky-jims-concert-party/

Are you creating virtual environments and ready to start building the characters who inhabit them?In our next Future Art...
08/09/2021

Are you creating virtual environments and ready to start building the characters who inhabit them?

In our next Future Art Ecosystems workshop, Keiken will be sharing their approach to production using freely available animation software. Demonstrating CGI and virtual workflows and frameworks for gaming, films and CGI, artist collective Participants will be guided through how to create a high fidelity and fully rigged digital avatar.

Sign up: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/skills-for-future-art-ecosystems/

In collaboration with Arebyte

Are you creating virtual environments and ready to start building the characters who inhabit them?

In our next Future Art Ecosystems workshop, Keiken will be sharing their approach to production using freely available animation software. Demonstrating CGI and virtual workflows and frameworks for gaming, films and CGI, artist collective Participants will be guided through how to create a high fidelity and fully rigged digital avatar.

Sign up: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/skills-for-future-art-ecosystems/

In collaboration with Arebyte

08/09/2021
Serpentine Pavilion 2021

Sumayya Vally – ‘This Pavilion is very much about embedding itself in London. ’

Sumayya Vally is the director of Counterspace and the architect behind this year's Serpentine Pavilion. In this, film she explains how she drew inspiration from stories of place and migration in London in designing the Pavilion in Kensington Gardens and its fragments located across the city.

Visit the Serpentine Pavilion until 17 October. https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/serpentine-pavilion-2021-designed-by-counterspace/

08/09/2021
Serpentine Pavilion 2021 designed by Counterspace

Sumayya Vally – ‘This Pavilion is very much about embedding itself in London. ’

Sumayya Vall is the director of Counterspace and the architect behind this year's Serpentine Pavilion. In this film, she explains how she drew inspiration from stories of place and migration in London in designing the Pavilion in Kensington Gardens and its fragments located across the city.

Visit the Serpentine Pavilion until 17 October: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/serpentine-pavilion-2021-designed-by-counterspace/

“I reject rules because they place me in a pre-established situation, I want things to happen in a disordered way so tha...
06/09/2021

“I reject rules because they place me in a pre-established situation, I want things to happen in a disordered way so that the unforeseeable can occur” - Hervé Télémaque

This Autumn 📣 Hervé Télémaque is coming to Serpentine, the first UK institutional show for Haitian-French artist.

Since the late 1950s, the artist has created an expansive body of work with a distinct and playful visual vocabulary. Through paintings, drawings, collages, objects and assemblages, Télémaque draws connections between the realms of personal and political experience and the complex relationships between image and language.

This exhibition will bring together works made from the late 1950s until the present day, highlighting the enduring themes of the artist’s work through his multifaceted practice.

https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/herve-telemaque/

“I reject rules because they place me in a pre-established situation, I want things to happen in a disordered way so that the unforeseeable can occur” - Hervé Télémaque

This Autumn 📣 Hervé Télémaque is coming to Serpentine, the first UK institutional show for Haitian-French artist.

Since the late 1950s, the artist has created an expansive body of work with a distinct and playful visual vocabulary. Through paintings, drawings, collages, objects and assemblages, Télémaque draws connections between the realms of personal and political experience and the complex relationships between image and language.

This exhibition will bring together works made from the late 1950s until the present day, highlighting the enduring themes of the artist’s work through his multifaceted practice.

https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/herve-telemaque/

What spaces have shaped your community? Ain Bailey's new sound commission 'Atlantic Railton' brings together a constella...
03/09/2021

What spaces have shaped your community?

Ain Bailey's new sound commission 'Atlantic Railton' brings together a constellation of intimate conversations led by the artist’s collaborators Sharon Elliott, Claudette Parry, Ego Ahaiwe Sowinksi and Marc Thompson that sonically reflect on the memories, actions and relationships held in sites of community care and resistance across Brixton including Brixton Neighbourhood Community Association, Big Up and Lambeth Women’s Project.

Join us 10 September in the Serpentine Pavilion for ‘Atlantic Railton: LIVE’ with Bailey and Imani Robinson who will perform a lyrical response to the work. Book your free tickets: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/ain-bailey-imani-robinson-atlantic-railton-live/

Next week, we close out the summer in style with a celebration inspired by James Barnor's joyous photography and love of...
31/08/2021

Next week, we close out the summer in style with a celebration inspired by James Barnor's joyous photography and love of music.

🥁 From 3-5pm: ‘Lucky Jim’s Concert Party’ will feature Flipped Eye poets, live Ghanaian music and images from our #SerpentineFamilyFOTO open call this summer.

📻 From 6-11pm, No Signal, the radio station celebrating Black British culture, will present an evening of African music with ‘After Hours’. Yaaba Funk, a 21st Century Hi-Life Afro Funk band from Brixton will kick things off, followed by DJ sets from DJ Tone (Worldwide FM) and champions of No Signal’s The Sankofa Show, DJ DNA and DJ Scyther.

11 September. Book your tickets: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/no-signal-presents-after-hours/

Next week, we close out the summer in style with a celebration inspired by James Barnor's joyous photography and love of music.

🥁 From 3-5pm: ‘Lucky Jim’s Concert Party’ will feature Flipped Eye poets, live Ghanaian music and images from our #SerpentineFamilyFOTO open call this summer.

📻 From 6-11pm, No Signal, the radio station celebrating Black British culture, will present an evening of African music with ‘After Hours’. Yaaba Funk, a 21st Century Hi-Life Afro Funk band from Brixton will kick things off, followed by DJ sets from DJ Tone (Worldwide FM) and champions of No Signal’s The Sankofa Show, DJ DNA and DJ Scyther.

11 September. Book your tickets: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/no-signal-presents-after-hours/

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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.

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Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm

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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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