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Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi

January 31 2020 - April 26 2020

Beatrix Potter, Hygrophorus Puniceus
Beatrix Potter, Hygrophorus puniceus, pencil and watercolour, 7.10.1894, collected at Smailholm Tower, Kelso, courtesy of the Armitt Trust


Enter into a wonderful world of mushrooms at Francesca Gavin’s compellingly curated exhibition, Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi.

Opening at the illustrious Somerset House in January 2020, the spectacular showcase will explore the mushroom’s extraordinary and understated potential, its figurative role and inspiration within art, as well as its promising connection to the earth, design and architecture, expressed through the work of more than 40 innovative artists.

Experience a stunning collection of detailed mushroom watercolours from world renowned children’s author Beatrix Potter, an authentic fungi-inspired typeface created by destinguished design consultancy Pentagram, as well as sustainable fashion employing the use of mycelium and a number of incredible mushroom-inspired creations from artists such as Adham Faramaway, Cy Twombly and Seana Gavin.

Stretching three explorative and intrinsically unique themes, Mycophilia, Magic Mushrooms and Fungal Futures, visitors will have the chance to discover the multifaceted organism in ways never before imagined.

Alongside the exhibition, there will be an array of fascinating talks and events taking place. Curator Francesca Gavin will give an enlightening talk on the exhibition’s unique works and themes, while beauty enthusiasts can enjoy an exclusive seminar with Dr Andrew Weil and natural beauty brand Origins dedicated to the mushroom’s impressive medicinal power and health potential.

In an ‘Edible Utopia’ series of workshops, ideal for families and friends, mycologist Darren Springer will teach visitors how to go about creating their own mini mushroom farm. You’ll even get the opportunity to take home your own emerging fungi and discover Somerset House’s magnificent mushroom growing chambers.

What’s more, you’ll find a delightful range of bespoke mushroom-related gifts and products at the Somerset House Shop, including a limited edition mega-mushroom treatment lotion from Origins (in support of the exhibition) and Dr Andrew Weil.


31 January – 26 April 2020

Sat – Tues, 10am – 6pm

Wed – Fri, 11am – 8pm


Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA



Featured image: Beatrix Potter, Hygrophorus puniceus, pencil and watercolour, 7.10.1894, collected at Smailholm Tower, Kelso, courtesy of the Armitt Trust.



January 31 2020
April 26 2020
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London, England WC2R 1LA United Kingdom
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