Morgan Stanley Lates at Somerset House with The Courtauld

A woman drawing in the Gallery at the Morgan Stanley Lates i The Morgan Stanley Lates at Somerset House with The Courtauld © Fergus Carmichael

Wed 4 October, 18:00 – 22:00

For the final 2023 instalment of the Morgan Stanley Lates with Somerset House and The Courtauld series, visitors can experience another true site-wide takeover with a night of film screenings, activities hosted by artists and curators, DJ sets, plus food and drink pop-ups.

Taking place three times per year only – in April, June and October – these special one-off nights out offer after-hours access and activities hosted by artists and curators, plus delicious food pop-ups and bars, and DJ sets to see you through the evening.

Join us to explore The Courtauld Gallery’s latest exhibition Claudette Johnson: Presence (opens 29 September). A founding member of the Black British Arts Movement, Johnson is considered one of the most significant figurative artists of her generation. This exhibition will present a carefully selected group of major works from across her career, and will offer a compelling overview of Johnson’s pioneering career and artistic development.

Explore Impressionist masterpieces in The Courtauld’s collection, and take part in pop-up talks, hands on activities and meet the experts. Further details to be announced.

There will be a range of activities across Somerset House on the evening including The Handson Family’s Heritage, a celebration of intergenerational Black British club music culture, Somerset House Studios resident Sonya Dyer’s new commission Three Parent Child, the artist’s first solo exhibition in London, and Theresa Weber’s installation Cycles of Unmasking, which aims to connect Somerset House’s many layers and levels in new ways.

There’s also free access for U25s and £5 admission for others to The Morgan Stanley Exhibition: THE MISSING THREAD, revealing the untold stories of Black British fashion and the profound impact of Black creativity on music, photography, art and design.

More free activity and artists will be announced in the next few weeks.

All courtyard activities will be free of charge to everyone, whilst after-hours exhibition entry will also be free to those aged 25 and under.

4 Oct 2023

18:00 - 22:00

Free for 25s and under, booking required

Main Courtyard  Somerset House  The Courtauld Gallery 


Curator Tours 

  • 18:30 – 18:45: Claudette Johnson: Presence – Denise Coates Exhibition Galleries (Third Floor)
  • 19:30 – 19:45: Claudette Johnson: Presence – Denise Coates Exhibition Galleries (Third Floor)
  • 20:30 – 20:45: Claudette Johnson: Presence – Denise Coates Exhibition Galleries (Third Floor)


Take part in a drop-in fashion illustration masterclass with YÉGA. This open and accessible drop in will connect Claudette Johnson: Presence with historic and contemporary textiles and fashion. The LVMH Great Room, located on the third floor, will be transformed between 19:00 – 21:00 into an immersive masterclass. All materials will be provided on arrival.

YÉGA is a British-Nigerian fashion artist whose client list mirrors the diverse international following her work has garnered. This includes British Vogue, Vogue Arabia, Maison Laduree, Boghossian, Diane Von Furstenberg, Grazia, Fashion Trust Arabia, Jennifer Chamandi and The Dubai Mall.

Her blended cultural experience greatly influences her eclectic style, often featuring intricate line work, patterns, bold colour palettes and her favourite subject- the human figure. Working predominantly with fine liner pens and digital colour, she also experiments with watercolours, markers and acrylic paint. In 2020, YÉGA founded Fashion Illustration Africa to encourage knowledge sharing between Western and African illustrators. She also co-founded iLLUSTRA8, an NYC-based talent management agency representing multidisciplinary illustrators from Africa, India and the Middle East.

Eat and Drink 

The Art Café and terrace will be open throughout the evening, serving drinks and snacks. Striking, stylish yet relaxed and welcoming, enjoy a drink while browsing our shop or relaxing on the terrace. No ticket is required to access this space.

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