With news of the climate crisis growing more dire, celebrating Earth Day in 2020 has never felt more pertinent. Established in 1970 to promote environmental awareness, 2020’s event marks Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, and Somerset House has announced a packed 5-day programme of events, installations and experiences to explore how art and culture can effect positive changes in our relationship to nature.
Bringing together a number of artists and designers dedicated to addressing climate change through their work, the programme has a particular focus on sustainability in fashion – one of the world’s most polluting industries. Fashion designer Bethany Williams, recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Award for Design and the menswear category prize at the 2019 British Emerging Talent Awards headlines the Somerset House Earth Day 2020 programme with a series of workshops. On 25th April, visitors have the chance to collaborate with the innovative designer – whose collections and campaigns champion inclusivity, sustainability and social change – on her new collection for London Men’s Fashion Week 2020.
Collaborating with Fashion Open Studio, Somerset House is also hosting a series of panels and workshops on sustainable fashion; as well as Bethany Williams, bold knitwear designer Katie Jones and the anonymous London design collective CONGREGATION Design will feature.
While you’re there, don’t miss the last chance to see Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi at Somerset House, which explores the underrated cultural impact of the humble ‘shroom. On Saturday 25th, exhibition contributor and collage artist Seana Gavin is leading a special drop-in workshop, where, inspired by her surreal pieces, families can create their own collages from a range of recycled materials.
22 – 26 April 2020
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Many of the events are free drop-ins; for more information and the full Earth Day 2020 programme, visit somersethouse.org.uk
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