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25 Jan to 31 Dec 2016

Great Arch Hall, Somerset House

Utopia Treasury: A Repository of Utopian Ideas

Drop-in for regular talks and events on contemporary issues inspired by themes from the 500 year old text, a rolling programme of art installations, and a library of Utopia themed literature.

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25 Jan 2016 to 25 Jan 2017


Call for 500 Utopian Ideas

We are crowdsourcing a practical guide to Utopia which will be published in early 2017. Please help by sharing your ideas with us. What idea would take us towards your Utopia?


british music collection

27 Jul 2016 to 31 Jan 2017


Music Heard Through Utopia

An eclectic online exhibit on the Google Cultural Institute looking at British composers, performance artists and bands through themes found in Thomas More’s ‘Utopia’.

Curated by Utopian Treasurers Emily Medd and Ayumi Konno, as part of Sound and Music‘s British Music Collection, a 21st century tool for artists and audiences to discover the story of British contemporary music.



4 Oct 2016 to 27 Jan 2017

Lily Safra Room, East Wing

Nova Utopia, Stephen Walter

Nova Utopia (2013) is a modern fictionalisation of Thomas More’s ‘Utopia’, by artist Stephen Walter. The island consists of 54 towns within 10 regions. The border around the island has a key allowing the viewer to identify certain activities or places of interest on the map.

Exterior view, rear

8 Oct 2016 to 8 Jan 2017

The Courtauld Gallery

A Civic Utopia: France, 1760 – 1840

This exhibition considers the place of architecture in establishing the notion of public life. It brings together an outstanding selection of architectural drawings of public building and public space in France that pursued the Enlightenment idea of a ‘scientific’ city, expressing rational, hygienic and symbolic expressions of an ideal civic life.


Verso Special Edition - Utopia

8 Nov 2016 to 1 Jan 2017

Verso Anniversary Edition of Utopia

In this quincentenary edition, co-published by the Somerset House Trust and Verso as part of Utopia2016, More’s text is introduced by award-winning fiction writer China Miéville, who explores the limits of today’s utopias while insisting on the necessity of utopian thinking. The book includes essays from Ursula K. Le Guin, today’s most distinguished utopian thinker, on her lifelong engagement with More’s project.




1–31 Dec 2016

Utopia Treasury, South Wing

Gifts by Clare Whistler

An installation inspired by a naming day gift for Clare’s eldest son: a box containing an egg for life, coal for heat, evergreen for eternity, salt for health, a candle for light, a coin for wealth and a silver ring for love throughout life. From   2005-2015, using gift economy, Clare revealed each object in its utopian state, generating   collaborations and                   re-energising the meaning and cultural significance of gift-giving.



1–15 Dec 2016

Utopia Treasury, South Wing, 13.00 - 13.45

Tap Dance in The Treasury

Drop in to a series of three Tap Dance classes, covering some basic Tap moves and rhythms. Workshops will take place on Thursday 1st, 8th and 15th December. You’ll learn a couple of steps at each session, to build a dance routine together. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to try your hand (or feet) at something new! Tap shoes are not required but please wear clothing that you are comfortable to move in.

Verity Richards is an experienced Tap teacher and dancer, with intermediate ISTD qualifications in Tap Dance.


11 Dec 2016

& 21 Dec, Utopia Treasury, South Wing 14.00 - 17.00

Workshop: Wrapping Utopia

Wrap up to warm up! Create your own recycled wrapping paper for those all important Christmas gifts. Recycled, shiny collageable materials provided.

This workshop will also take place on Wed 21 Dec 2016. All ages welcome.



13 Dec 2016

& 23 Dec 2016, Utopia Treasury, South Wing 14.00 - 17.00

Workshop: Egging on Utopia

Take inspiration from Clare Whistler’s Gifts installation and decorate an egg, a symbol for life. All eggs provided will come ready boiled and decorating materials provided.

This workshop will also take place on Fri 23 Dec 2016. All ages welcome.



14 Dec 2016

& 20 Dec 2016, Utopia Treasury, South Wing 14.00 - 17.00

Workshop: Adorning Utopia

Design an imaginative, Utopian festive decoration and swap it with another person’s creation you’ll find hanging on our Utopian Tree. All materials provided.

This workshop will also take place on Mon 20 Dec 2016. All ages welcome.



16 Dec 2016

& 22 Dec 2016, Utopia Treasury, South Wing 14.00 - 17.00

Workshop: Swap Socks

Ever wished for that seriously useful pair of socks for Christmas? Join our workshop and decorate a pair of socks with some utopian sparkle. Afterwards, gift them to a stranger through our swap shop and take another pair home with you! All materials (including socks) provided.

This workshop will also take place on Tues 22 Dec 2016. All ages welcome.




17 Dec 2016

Utopia Treasury, South Wing, 14.00-16.00

Gifts Workshop: Ordinary Objects Honoured

A creative writing workshop looking at, feeling, smelling, listening and tasting 8 ordinary objects, which inspired Clare Whistler’s project Gifts, and finding words to describe your responses. Explore how seemingly ordinary objects can have utopian values.

Clare has taught creative writing workshops in the community and as part of performance practice for theatre students and professionals.



19 Dec 2016

Utopia Treasury, South Wing, 16.00-18.00, sign up on the day, limited places

Sights and Sounds Festival Workshop

Join a workshop led by InsightShare that will immerse you in the Participatory Video methodology. Asking “what does your ideal future look like?” and “when have I experienced a perfect world?” it will explore how video techniques can bring about locally-led change.

Part of the C4D Network Festival of Sights & Sounds of Change: A day of exploring how social and behaviour change are pursued through film, radio, music and TV.



29 Dec 2016

Utopia Treasury, South Wing 14.00 - 17.00

Workshop: Silver Ring

Take inspiration from Clare Whistler’s Gifts installation and work communally to create a large silver ring. Attach a pledge for how you will bring love to someone in the New Year.

All materials provided and all ages welcome.


30 Dec 2016

Utopia Treasury, South Wing 14.00 - 17.00

Workshop: Kindness Cube

Look back on your happy moments of 2016 and think how you will bring about happiness for others in 2017, by attending our Kindness Cube workshop. You will leave with a cube to roll whenever you need some cheer.

All materials provided and all ages welcome.


12 Jan 2017

Screening Room, South Wing 19.00 - 20.30, £5 book online

Imagining the Perfect World: Utopia in Cities and Fiction

Thomas More’s Utopia remains astonishingly radical and provocative. In an increasingly unsettled world, can Utopia help us chart a different path? To celebrate the quincentenary edition, published by Verso and Somerset House, Matt Beaumont and Gillian Darley explore how Utopia continues to inspire and inform our visions of urban space and fictive possibilities.


17 Jan 2017

Screening Room, South Wing 19.00 - 20.30, £5 book online

Nowhere in Particular: The Poetry of Utopia

Poetry resonates with the shape of our memories, helping us to imagine other worlds and other viewpoints. Somewhere in Particular invites the most exciting and talented emerging and established poets to write and perform specially commissioned poems. Join Sarah Howe, Kate Potts and Karen McCarthy-Woolf as they celebrate Nowhere in Particular.




21–22 Jan 2017

Utopia Think Tank Weekend

Our busy Utopia season culminates in a weekend long programme of drop-in debates about Utopian themes, ranging from food, housing and governance, to growing, education and play. Join collaborative writing and mapping workshops, or watch one of our utopian films.



31 Jan 2017

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE 18.30–20.00

The Quito Papers: Towards the Open City (London)

“The Quito Papers” is a research collaboration between Theatrum Mundi, NYU and UN-Habitat, developed in the run-up to the United Nations Habitat III conference held in Quito, Ecuador, October 2016.

A screening of the film will be followed by discussions with panellists including the papers’ authors: Ricky Burdett (LSE Cities), Saskia Sassen (Columbia University) and Richard Sennett (New York University & LSE).