London Visit: trips and tours

6 November, 2019

As part of their 2019 London Visit, National Saturday Club members from across the UK will be visiting some of the capital’s leading cultural institutions.

Special tours and exhibition tickets have been generously arranged by a number of the programme’s cultural partners and we’re hugely grateful for their support. Read on for more about the galleries, exhibitions and workshops the Club members will be taking part in on Saturday 16th November!



The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre in the Barbican Estate of the City of London and the largest of its kind in Europe. On their visit, Club members will be considering how AI has been taught to ‘see’ and ‘perceive’ at artist Trevor Paglen’s exhibition: From ‘Apple’ to ‘Anomaly’. The young people will also visit the landmark exhibition Into the Night: Cabarets and clubs in modern art where they will explore the electrifying history of cabarets, cafés and clubs in modern art across the world.


Somerset House

One of London’s most spectacular and well-loved spaces, Somerset House is a working arts centre, designed for today’s audiences, artists and creatives. On their London Visit, Club members will be hosted by the Somerset House Trust and will visit two exhibitions. Mary Sibande: I came apart at the seams challenges stereotypical depictions of black women in post-apartheid South Africa. Meanwhile, 24/7 explores the non-stop nature of modern life through a multi-sensory journey.


Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe is a world-renowned performing arts venue, cultural attraction and education centre located on the bank of the River Thames in London, UK. The building is a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan playhouse for which William Shakespeare wrote his plays, on the south bank of the River Thames. For the London Visit, Shakespeare’s Globe will welcome Club members to the space for a special tour and a drama workshop.


Fashion and Textiles Museum

The Fashion and Textile Museum is a cutting edge centre for contemporary fashion and textiles in London. The exhibition Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous will give Club members a chance to reflect on the work of this acclaimed designer.


Science Gallery

The first of its kind in the UK, Science Gallery London is a vibrant, creative hub where rigorous scientific research is made accessible to visitors young and old through innovative installations and a diverse programme of exhibitions and events. On a guided visit to the exhibition On Edge: Living in an age of anxiety the young people will consider causes of and responses to anxiety through art, design, psychology and neuroscience.


White Cube

Club members will visit the contemporary art gallery White Cube in Bermondsey to take a look at their collection as well as Anselm Kiefer’s exhibition String Theory. The Norns (Urd, Verdandi, Skuld), Runes and Gordian Knots.


Design Museum

The Design Museum champions creative thinking and inspired problem solving, celebrating the talent of the world’s best designers and architects. At the museum, Club members will be visiting Beazley Designs of the Year 2019. This exhibition is an annual celebration of the most original and exciting products, concepts and designers from across the world.


National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery is home to the largest collection of portraits in the world and celebrates the lives and achievements of those who have influenced British history, culture & identity. Club members will be given a special tour of the museum’s collection and will take part in a self-portraiture workshop.


Tate Modern

Q-Art will be guiding the Clubs through the Tate’s extensive collections, introducing them to new concepts and encouraging new ways of thinking about modern art. Some Club members will also visit Olafur Eliasson’s captivating exhibition In Real Life and the Nam June Paik exhibition.


Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The museum will welcome Club members to two of their current exhibitions. Mary Quant will explore the years between 1955 and 1975, when Quant revolutionised the high street, harnessing the youthful spirit of the 1960s and new mass production techniques to create a new look for women.  Tim Walker – Wonderful Things presents the creative process of one of the world’s most inventive photographers through his pictures, films, photographic sets, and special installations.


Westminster Menswear Archive

Ambika P3 is a space for contemporary art and architecture, developed from the vast former concrete construction hall at the University of Westminster. Drawing exclusively from the Westminster Menswear Archive, Invisible Men covers the last 120 years of predominately British menswear through the display of over 170 garments, the majority of which have never been seen on public display.

Installation view of Tekja, Awake, 2019, 24/7, Somerset House

Fahion and Textile Museum, Zandra Rhodes. Image credit: Dame Zandra Rhodes. Photograph by Simon Emmett.

Science Gallery, On Edge: Living in an age of anxiety. Image credit: Consider Falling, Sarah Howe, 2018

White Cube, String Theory. The Norns (Urd, Verdandi, Skuld), Runes and Gordian Knots

Design Museum, Beazley Designs of the Year, 2019

Barbican, Into the Night: Cabarets and clubs in modern art

Westminster Menswear Archive, Invisible Men

Tate Modern, Olafur Eliasson. Image credit: María del Pilar García Ayensa / Studio Olafur Eliasson © 2010 Olafur Eliasson

V&A, Mary Quant

Shakespeare's Globe

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