This year, Somerset House and The Courtauld gallery will introduce an exciting new ‘Late’ series, Morgan Stanley Lates at Somerset House with The Courtauld. In three unforgettable evenings in April, June and October, the courtyard of Somerset House will be transformed into a spectacular stage for exclusive events themed around current exhibitions.
The first Lates evening, 13 April 2022, will center around the global theme reflected in the exhibits The Art of Gimokudan by Leeroy New and the Sony World Photography Awards 2022. Leeroy New himself will be one of the special guests opening the first Lates event, hosting a live interactive sculpting event.
Best known for collaborating with the likes of Lady Gaga and for his colorful transformative art using recycled objects, New’s exhibition, The Art of Gimokudan, uses giant ships constructed from recycled materials to comment on the climate crisis’s impact on his home nation of the Philippines. The live experience will offer guests the opportunity to work with recycled materials under the guidance of New to make their very own pieces of art.
In addition to New’s live sculpting event, guests will also be able to view an exclusive contemporary dance piece choreographed by West End’s Julia Cheng in response to The Art of Gimokudan. Accompanied by a sound commission by Nicola Chang, dance artists Rajib Manandhar and Faye Stoeser will perform while wearing some of New’s wearable creation specifically designed for this performance.
With pop-up food stalls and sunset DJ sets, the after hours access will create the perfect setting to interact with the exhibitions on a new level. In honour of New’s work, Bongbong’s Manila Kanteen will bring Filipino-inspired street food, while Somerset’s own WatchHouse will serve an assortment of small plates alongside a curated selection of wine and locally crafted beer.
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