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Somerset House offers a wake-up call for our non-stop world

Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 10:00

Somerset House presents 24/7, a landmark exhibition examining our inability to switch off from our 24/7 culture, through a series of immersive works from some of today’s most exciting global artists in its Embankment Galleries.

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With event spaces capable of hosting meetings, conferences, receptions and dinners, Somerset House’s flexible approach to events will provide delegates with a host of opportunities to experience 24/7 as part of their event. Events planners will be able to incorporate private views, curated talks, tours and delegate offers into events till 23 February 2020.

This inability to switch off has become one of the most important issues of our time. Since 2010 we’ve added a full week (37 hours) to our working year, yet 200,000 working days are now lost annually due to insufficient sleep.  Britain has become a nation of night owls, with almost half of the country (48%) regularly going to bed after 11pm.  Living in the glow of blue light, people in the UK now check their smartphones, if averaged over 24 hours, every 12 minutes.

Credit: Matt Chung

Somerset House, the creative and versatile central London venue is combining its artistic and commercial offering in a major exhibition that explores the push towards 24/7 consumption and how it affects our lives. 24/7 explores how we can reset the natural rhythms of life - work, leisure, rest and sleep. Through the work of international artists, designers and thinkers, this is an exhibition that has so many parallels and relevant themes to the modern working world and is the perfect opportunity for organisers to align their meeting or event with Somerset House’s artistic offering.

Credit: Matt Chung

Looking further into 2020, set against the backdrop of Somerset House’s iconic façade and with breathtaking views across the Thames, the River Terrace is one of the most exclusive spaces and boasts an unbeatable location for any summer event.