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  • Visitors looking at glass piece by Maarten Vroliijk, represented by Vessel Gallery at Collect 2019. Photo: Iona Wolff

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The International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design is at Somerset House from 27 February - 1 March, 2020.

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Collect is the only gallery-presented art fair dedicated to modern craft and design. Now in its 16th year, Collect has been instrumental in defining and growing the market for contemporary craft.

This year, Collect brings together international galleries from across the globe, each curating their own displays to sell work made in the last five years by the world’s leading contemporary artists and designers. With artists represented from over 25 nations from Sweden to Uganda to Japan, the breadth of exceptional work on show will range from ceramics, glass, metal, wood and textiles to makers working in non-traditional materials with experimental techniques.

Collect 2019. Photo: Sophie Mutevelian

For 2020, Collect is moving to a striking new home at Somerset House and is excited to be taking over a large number of beautiful rooms presenting a new environment for Collect exhibitors to contextualise and curate modern craft.

In addition to the main fair, this year's Collect Open presents a platform for 12 new ambitious craft-led installations by individual artists and collectives which will be showcased around Somerset House. The annual Collect talks programme will also return, exploring contemporary craft with leading voices from the worlds of craft, design, architecture, fashion and art. Access to the Talks Programme is included with any purchased ticket.

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Node in 3 by Claire Lindner, represented by Collection Atelier D’Art De France at Collect 2019. Photo: Sophie Mutevelian

Plan Your Visit

Collect: International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design
Thursday 27 February - Sunday 1 March 2020

Venue:
Somerset House
Strand, London WC2R 1LA
+44 (0)20 7845 4600

Opening Times:

Thu 27 Feb: 11.00-17.00
Private View Thu 27 Feb: 18.00-21.00

Fri 28 Feb: 11.00-18.00

Sat 29 Feb: 11.00-18.00

Sun 1 Mar: 11.00-18.00


Getting to Somerset House:

By London Underground
Nearest stations:
Temple (Circle & District lines; 250 metres, 5-minute walk)
Covent Garden (Piccadilly line; 650m, 8min)
Charing Cross (Bakerloo & Northern lines; 700m, 10min)
Embankment (Circle & District lines; 700m, 10min)

By rail
Nearest stations:
Charing Cross (700m, 10min)
Blackfriars (1km, 13min)
Waterloo (1km, 13min)

By bus
Buses 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 59, 68, 76, 87, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, RV1 and X68 all pass along the Strand and/or Aldwych, stopping within 100-200 metres of Somerset House.

By river
River Bus Services RB1, RB2 and RB6 all stop at Embankment Pier, roughly 600 metres from Somerset House.

By bicycle
There are bike stands on the Strand, Aldwych and Victoria Embankment, close to Somerset House. Please note that there is no bike parking in The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court or within Somerset House itself, and all bikes attached to our buildings or railings will be removed
There are several Santander Cycles docking stations near Somerset House.

By car
There’s no car parking at Somerset House, and very little on-street parking nearby. The closest car park is on Parker Street, WC2B 5NT. Our Accessibility page contains details of accessible parking for Blue Badge-holders.
Somerset House sits within the Congestion Charge zone.


Accessibility:

All areas of Somerset House area are accessible via certain routes. Please note there is cobble stone paving’s from the Strand into and in the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court with a flat pavement around the edges.

Visiting the South Wing
including Seamen’s Hall, Terrace Rooms, Portico Rooms, Navy Boardrooms:

The Embankment entrance is the most accessible route via Temple or Embankment Tube.
Distances to the South Wing Seamen’s Hall Reception from our entrances
Embankment entrance: 76m* via lifts or 98m and two flights of stairs
Strand entrance: 175m*
Lancaster Place New Wing: 340m* via the Strand entrance or 230m with 11 steps.
Waterloo Bridge: 430m* via the Strand or 25m with 4 steps.)
*Level Access

Visiting the River Terrace
via Waterloo Bridge entrance including; the River Terrace Bar:

This is the only step free way to access the terrace bar.
Please note there is no step free access to the wings of the Somerset House or Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court from here.
*Level Access

Visiting the North Wing
including The Courtauld Gallery, Courtauld Institute of Art; Kenneth Clarke Lecture Theatre

The Courtauld Gallery is currently closed for a major redevelopment project, Courtauld Connects. An ambitious transformation project that will make The Courtauld’s world-class artworks, research and teaching accessible to more people – in the UK and internationally.
The Strand entrance is the most accessible.
Distances to the Courtauld Gallery from our entrances
Strand entrance: 60m* or 20m with 4 steps
Embankment entrance: 219m* or 240m and two flights of stairs
Lancaster Place, New Wing: 206m* via the Strand or 161m and 11 steps
Waterloo Bridge: 300m* via the Strand or 155m with 4 steps
*Level Access

Visiting the Embankment Galleries
& Screening Room

The Embankment entrance is the most accessible.
Distances to the Embankment Galleries from our entrances
Strand entrance: 220m* or 240m and two flights of stairs
Lancaster Place: 420m* or 330 with two flights of stairs
Waterloo Bridge: 500m*via the Strand or 130m with two flights of stairs
*Level Access

Visiting the East Wing
including East Wing Galleries; Somerset House Shop; Fernandez & Wells & King’s College Inigo Rooms

The Strand entrance is the most accessible.
Wheelchair access to the entire East Wing is through Fernandez & Wells. A ramp at East Wing Gallery entrance is available on request.
Distances to the East Wing from our entrances
Strand entrance: 110m* (via Fernandez & Wells or a ramp at East Wing Gallery entrance is available on request)
Embankment entrance: 160m* (via Fernandez & Wells or a ramp at East Wing Gallery entrance is available on request)
Lancaster Place: 320* via the Strand
Waterloo Bridge: 400* via the Strand

Visiting the West Wing
including West Wing Galleries

The Strand entrance is the most accessible.
There are two steps from the courtyard to the West Wing exhibition entrance.
For step free access use the east ramp of the South Wing and continue past the Seamans Hall to the West Wing.

Visiting the West Wing
including West Wing Reception

The Strand Entrance is the most accessible
From the courtyard there is a ramp at the front of the West Wing.

 Visiting the New Wing
(via Lancaster Place main entrance)
including Gallery 31, New Wing Reception, Lancaster Rooms (ramp access available on request); River Rooms; Pennethornes Café

Please note there is no step free access to other wings from this entrance
Distance to the New Wing entrance

Strand entrance: 206* and 161m with 11 steps
Embankment entrance: 430* and 340 with steps
Please note: There is access from the north Lancaster Place entrance to the other wings of Somerset House but not from the main reception Lancaster Place entrance of the New Wing as there are steps within this wing.
*Level Access

Visiting the New Wing
(via North Lancaster Place main entrance)
for Spring Restaurant

Please note there is also step free access from this entrance to our courtyard which connects to our other wings
The north Lancaster Place entrance near Café Nero is the accessible entrance and there is also a ramp to access the courtyard side.
Distance to the New Wing entrances
Strand entrance: 206* and 161m with 11 steps
Embankment entrance: 430* and 340 with steps
Please note: There is access from the north Lancaster Place entrance to the other wings of Somerset House but not from the main reception Lancaster Place entrance of the New Wing as there are steps within this wing.
*Level Access

Borrow a wheelchair:
Standard sized manual wheelchairs are available for visitors with mobility impairments. These can be booked in advance by calling 020 7845 4600
Monday – Friday 10.00 – 17.00 (excluding public holidays).
On the day you may borrow a wheelchair (subject to availability) by speaking to any Receptionist at one of our entrances.

Mobility scooters can be used but please note that for both mobility scooters and wheelchairs, not all entrances can be used, and some sections of the building cannot be accessed without leaving one section and re-entering via another entrance (see information above)

Guide dogs and hearing dogs will be allowed.

Accessible parking:
Somerset House parking spaces are not currently available. This is due to a works at the Strand entrance which are part of the major redevelopment project, Courtauld Connects.
The closest Disabled Badge parking spaces;
Wellington Street WC2E 7BB (159.85 METERS). For visiting via the Strand Entrance or New Wing Entrance.
Temple Place WC2R 2PH (266.53 METERS). For visiting the Embankment Entrance.
For more Disabled Badge parking nearby please visit
https://www.westminster.gov.uk/where-you-can-park-disabled-badge

Accessible toilets:

-New Wing (please advise reception staff who will show you the route)

-South Wing Strand Level:
2 Accessible Toilets (one next to Hej café, one opposite the end of the terrace rooms)

-South Wing Embankment Level (next to the Great Arch Hall)
-East Wing via Fernandez and Wells entrance

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Collect 2020 Talk: Jewellery as art, jewellery as metaphor

 

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Collect 2020 Talk: Carol McNicoll In Conversation

 

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Collect 2020 Talk: Where Craft Hides

 

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Collect 2020 Talk: Lightning Talks

 

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Collect 2020 Talk: Collect Open Makers In Conversation

 

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Collect 2020 Talk: Craft in 2020: Looking back and looking forward

 

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