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Free Events in South Kensington

We have an abundance of free events in South Kensington for a great day out. From guided tours through the galleries, self-led walks, a new series of Lates events, free displays and miles of galleries covering art, science, design, natural history and so much more. 

Gilbert Bayes Award Winners Exhibition

26th Feb - 25th April
11am - 5pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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The Gilbert Bayes Award for early career sculptors is given annually by the Society to a small group of outstandingly talented sculptors.

Discovery Days: Time Travelers

28th - 30th May
11am - 3pm
Hyde Park
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Join Royal Parks for another series of Free Discovery Days and travel back in time through the Royal Park's history!

Discovery Days: Time Travelers

28th - 30th May
11am - 3pm
Hyde Park
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Join Royal Parks for another series of Free Discovery Days and travel back in time through the Royal Park's history!

Everest 1953

12th March
10am - 5pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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To celebrate 20 years of Unlocking the Archives at RGS a new exhibition showcasing outputs from their latest project digitising over 1,800 negatives and slides from this iconic expedition which uncover new perspectives on the legacy of mountaineering on Mount Everest.

Grazie Enzo: Contemporary Responses to Enzo Mari

29th March - Feb 2025
10am - 6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Accompanying the retrospective exhibition 'Enzo Mari Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli', this free display will showcase the work of 14 London-based designers, studios and collectives whose work shares an affinity with Mari's work.

Performance Festival 2024: ‘Remastered’

19th April - 28th April
Various Times
V&A South Kensington
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Through a range of special free and ticketed events – live performances, talks, tours, screenings, workshops, and more – ‘Remastered’ invites audiences to explore the beauty of transformation; from making anew, to remixing the past, and inspiring the future.

Drop-in: Tiger Den Collage

27th April
10.30am - 4pm
V&A South Kensington
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Take part in this drop-in workshop for families and help create a collage inspired by The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Explore and learn about tigers of different stories, shapes and sizes in the V&A's collection.

NVAP family-friendly Screening: The Tiger Who Came to Tea

27th April
10.30am - 1pm
V&A South Kensington
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Families are free to join, interact and move around the space during this magical production full of tea-time mayhem. Directed by David Wood and based on the beloved book by Judith Kerr. Recorded live by the V&A at the Piccadilly Theatre, London, in July 2018.

Freya Douglas-Morris: Mid-March Melody

13th March - 20th April
11am - 7pm
Cromwell Place
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An exhibition of new work by British artist, Freya Douglas-Morris, inspired by the change of season from late winter to early spring. ‘Mid-March Melody’ is her first exhibition with Lehmann Maupin and includes eight new paintings, alongside six works on copper panels.

Design Discoveries: Towards a DESIGN MUSEUM JAPAN

15th May – 8th Sept
10am - 8pm
Japan House London
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While Japan is synonymous with exemplary design it doesn’t yet have a dedicated national museum. This exhibition brings together seven major designers, from filmmakers to architects, to consider what they would put into a permanent collection of design treasures.

Medical Humanities Exhibition

1st - 16th May
10am - 5pm
Imperial College London
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A mixed media exhibition by Imperial College's Medical Humanities Students.

Energy Revolution: The Adani Green Energy Gallery

Daily
10am - 6pm
Science Museum
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Discover how the world can generate and use energy more sustainably to limit climate change in the Science Museum’s new, free gallery. Energy Revolution looks at the past, present and future of sustainable energy and how we can achieve a low carbon world.

Kick Back and Reenact: Gitta Gschwendtner's Interactive Chair Bench

19th April
12pm - 12.30pm
V&A South Kensington
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Experience history by sitting on recreations of historical chairs from the V&A's furniture collection. Assistant Curator Danilo Marques dos Reis will mediate an interactive session in which the audience are invited to think about the importance of engaging with museum collections and be invited to take on the role of active performers by sitting on Gitta Gschwendtner's site-specific commission Chair Bench (2012).

Career insight: Exploring careers in Costume Design

27th April
1pm - 2pm
V&A South Kensington
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An under 26 event. This discussion will explore how to build a career in costume design, from getting started to exploring the skills and knowledge needed by contemporary designers in order to sustain a career in a challenging industry.

Career insight: Exploring careers in Visual Storytelling

25th May
2pm - 3pm
V&A South Kensington
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This event will bring together film makers and animators to discuss the role of visual storytelling in their work. From the creative process behind storyboarding and producing films to practical guidance on how to build a career in animation and film making.

LCW Curator Talks: Christien Meindertsma: Re-forming Waste

16th May
10.30am - 3pm
V&A South Kensington
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Join V&A curators to hear about the process and findings from ground breaking new research into linoleum and wool. Discover how Christien Meindertsma's creative practice combines craft and technological innovation to propose new solutions for using these materials in the circular economy.

Madonna in Paradise

17th - 21st April
11am - 7pm
Cromwell Place
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Combining skill and the simplicity of the medium, anxiety and irony, naivety and kitsch, contemporary artist and performer Danila Polyakov explores questions of identity, the interaction of humans and technology, and himself and his relationship to the external world.

Fine Craft by Soluna

14th May - 19th May
11am - 7pm
Cromwell Place
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A leading art company in South Korea, Soluna Art Group celebrates the tenth anniversary edition of London Craft Week with an exhibition of the finest Korean craft. The exhibition aims to introduce Korea’s cultural traditions to an international audience. The artists speak a universal language that draws on the region’s long history of working with materials. They interpret historical references in new ways, expressing their own unique voices.

Friday Late: Beyond Feminism

26th April
6.30pm – 10.00pm
V&A South Kensington
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Artists, performers and collectives explore alternative pathways of feminism through sensorial experiences, healing, activism practices and ancestral stories. The evening will share how feminist networks of care can be extended beyond conventional boundaries,

Yinka Shonibare CBE: Suspended States

12th April - 1st Sept
10am - 6pm
Serpentine
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Suspended States is the artist’s first London solo exhibition in over 20 years. It showcases new works, interrogating how systems of power affect sites of refuge, debates on public statues, the ecological impact of colonialisation and the legacy of imperialism on conflict and consequential attempts at peace.

Premise

4th - 19th April
11am - 3.30pm
Queen Alexandar House
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An opportunity to visit an art exhibition this Easter in the stunning Queen Alexandra House - their first Exhibition in over 100 years!

Sketch the Set: Life Drawing with 2B or Not 2B Collective

28th April
11am - 1.45pm
V&A South Kensington
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Join for a free special session, combining theatre design and life-drawing. Respond to a live model who will step into 'theatre set designs from the V&A collection, projected as backdrops.

Bring the Melody: A Music Jam Session

28th April
1pm - 3pm
V&A South Kensington
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Connect chords and create tunes in this open jam session. Take a journey through music genres, led by Nigel Jones, resident guitarist at the Handel/Hendrix House Museum.

International Sculpture Day at Dora House

27th April
All day
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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International Sculpture Day is celebrated by the Royal Society of Sculptors with a daytime drop in workshop (12-4pm). Then followed by an evening In Conversation event with Serena Korda and William Cobbing that will explore the evolving relationship between craft and sculpture.