We are currently programming Utopia 2016, a year-long season celebrating the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s Utopia. Utopia 2016 collaboration between Somerset House, the Cultural Institute at King’s College London, and the Courtauld Institute and Gallery.
You can read about the launch here and visit the website for the full programme - www.utopia2016.com
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ABOUT UTOPIA 2016
UTOPIA 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility at Somerset House celebrates the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s inspirational text and is the largest ever celebration of this radical work anywhere in the world. It spans the realms of art, literature, fashion, design, architecture, film and more, featuring a varied programme of special events, exhibitions and new commissions across the Somerset House site and beyond. The Utopia Treasury, in Somerset House’s Great Arch Hall and open all year, will invite people to explore, taste, and imagine utopia.
Thomas More was the first to give a name and form to an idea that has captured the human imagination throughout history: that by imagining a better world is possible, we are empowered to create it. His playful vision, published in 1516, presents an ideal society living on a fictitious island, described in a traveller’s tale. More’s Utopia is deliberately ambiguous, the Greek words on which the name is based mean both ‘no place’ and ‘good place’. It is not a blueprint for the future; instead he places importance on the process of dreaming in the now.
To celebrate More’s vision, UTOPIA 2016 explores challenges facing contemporary culture and society, and the pivotal role of the arts and culture in creating the space where dreams can take root.
UTOPIA 2016 is a collaboration between three neighbours: Somerset House, King’s College London and the Courtauld Institute, in partnership with the British Library, the AHRC, Guardian Live, London School of Economics and Political Science, Verso, the British Council and engages many of the 300 plus creative organisations, artists and makers resident at Somerset House.