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Something you should see… Somerset House June exhibitions

The spectacular Somerset House is awash with events this month, so we’ve have decided to give you our highlights which should keep you busy! First up, and a real ‘art’ warmer, is Kokoro: The Art of Horiyoshi III exhibition. Kokoro means heart or feeling and describes a theme central to Japanese philosophy. Here it is represented by a selection of paintings by this acclaimed tattoo artist so cue dragons, samurai and lots of symbolism. On until July 1st.

If you prefer to see a more design-orientated exhibtion then don’t miss Wendy Ramshaw’s Room of Dreams. She is one of Britain’s leading contemporary designers, working in jewellery and large public art pieces; her inspired metal work can be found protecting the entrance of Hyde Park in the form of gates. The exhibitions includes maquettes of that piece as well as the central piece Room of Dreams: an out of this world “environment” which draws inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. And if that’s not enough,  running alongside the exhibition will be an exciting week-long event where all the biggest names in body adornment will be showcasing their latest jewellery pieces. Until June 24th.

And if you still have time, there ‘s an exhibition of five handcrafted Omega Workshop rugs from 1913-1916 in the Great Arch Gallery, also on until June 24th. Visitors can enjoy reproductions of the originals from an outstanding period of UK design so regularly forgotten. (Words: Laura Thornley)

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