Go See: Rory’s July Edit

Rory Sheridan

Insights Student Editor

Second year Photography student Rory Sheridan takes us through his top must-see cultural events for the month.


In a turbulent time in our history, these three exhibitions below (which you have lots of time to go to see as they all finish at the end of Summer!) address very pressing issues in our society currently. These include: digital imagery & appropriation, conflict, peace and a rise in futuristic technology. There’s lots of interesting things to take in at these three, very different, exhibitions!


Ashley Bickerton: Ornamental Hysteria

Ashley Bickerton, Ornamental Hysteria © Victor Mara Ltd. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates.
Ashley Bickerton was part of New York’s East Village art scene creating artwork which was a evaluation of a consumer culture and the commodification of the art object. He makes use of multiple media including photo-collage, appropriated image, digital image, paint and sculpture.
Free admission: Newport Street Gallery

21 April 2017 – 20 August 2017
Newport Street Gallery
Newport Street
London, SE11 6AJ


People Power: Fighting for Peace

A heart rendering exhibition with over 300 artefacts and artworks, showing the history of the anti-war movement in Britain. This is done through audio, film, interviews with film stars and people from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and Stop the War Coalition. This exhibition is relevant to the current time in which we live with devastations across the World and our constant fight for peace.
Concessions (student): £7: Imperial War Museum London

March 2017- 28 August 2017
Imperial War Museum London
Lambeth Road
London SE1 6HZ

Guidance for audience: There is no age restriction in the exhibition that I am aware of. Any photography within the exhibition would have to be for personal use only – “if your audience would like to use any photos for commercial use, we can arrange this through our commercial filming department on, which I believe may offer student rates.”


Into the Unknown A Journey Through Science Fiction

Photo: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Barbican Centre.
‘From the 19th century cabinet of curiosities, to the vastness of space. Through future cities, into the inner landscapes of human perception.’ This exhibition at the Barbican Centre is very wide, with 800 works in it, taking in lots of sci-fi worlds. The show makes the most of the whole of the Centre, including talks, music, artwork and a prototype for space craft. This is a must see!
Student price (age 14-17): £12.00: Barbican

3 June 2017 – 1 September 2017
Barbican Centre
Silk Street

Guidance for audience: “[This] is an exhibition for visitors of all ages, but there are some video-games in the foyers that are rated for either 12 or 16. Photography is allowed in the exhibition, however there are strict restrictions about which particular exhibits can be photographed.”

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