Free events in London Sunday 23 June

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Free events in London on Sun 23rd June

Our guide to free events in London on Sunday 23 June 2013.

 at Trafalgar Square, London
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West End Live! — in Trafalgar Square

to Trafalgar Square Get down to Trafalgar Square for "West End Live" -- a free event which will showcase some of the best shows in the capital. Last year, more than 25 West End shows performed at the event, and this year promises to be even bigger and better than before. The stellar line-up of talent includes performances from some of London's biggest shows including "Les Miserables", "Billy Elliot", "Jersey Boys", "Mamma Mia!", "The Lion King", "The Bodyguard", "Spamalot", "War Horse" and "We Will Rock You".
 at National Portrait Gallery, London
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BP Portrait Award 2013

to National Portrait Gallery The BP Portrait Award is worth a hefty £25,000, and is open to artists all around the world. More than 2,000 artists are expected to enter this year, and fifty-five of the most outstanding and innovative new portraits will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery.
 
 at Wallace Collection, London
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The Discovery of Paris, in Watercolour

to Wallace Collection "The Discovery of Paris" focuses on the period between 1802 and 1840, and features more than 60 watercolours, preparatory drawings and associated prints by early 19th-century British artists. The exhibition include works by Turner, Girtin and Bonington, and less familiar artists like Thomas Shotter Boys and William Callow.
Michael Caine at Museum of London, London
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Michael Caine exhibition — His life and career

to Museum of London The Museum of London will be celebrating Michael Caine's 80th year with a special exhibition celebrating his life and career. The photography exhibition will trace Sir Michael's beginnings as a Cockney rebel, through to his Hollywood years and later life, using a selection of photographs, iconic portraits, and film and audio footage from some of his best-loved movies -- "Get Carter", "Educating Rita", "Alfie" and "The Italian Job".
 
 at National Portrait Gallery, London
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George Catlin: American Indian Portraits

to National Portrait Gallery During the 1830s George Catlin documented the Native American peoples and their way of life. His portraits have become one of the most evocative and important records of indigenous peoples ever made. This exhibition will showcase more than fifty of his portraits, and will be the first time that they have been seen together outside America since the 1850s.
 at Royal Observatory, London
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Alien Revolution — Are We Alone?

to Royal Observatory Are we alone? Have aliens already visited Earth? And if they did, would they be friendly or hostile? Beginning with the writings of 16th-century astronomer Copernicus and ending up with the modern-day SETI program, "Alien Revolution" will take a whistle-stop tour of our on-going fascination with aliens, exploring everything from HG Wells, crop circles and ET, to Betty and Barney -- an American couple who claim to have been abducted by aliens.
 

We don’t have any more free events, but how about these other events in London on 23 June?

Walking the Metropolitan Line23 JuneThis walk, laid on by the London Transport Museum, will follow the route of the Metropolitan Line above ground, from Paddington to Farringdon. Your guide will be the author of “Walk the Lines”, Mark Mason, who will take you back in time to the building of the world’s very first underground railway line.

Paul Gauguin exhibition — Courtauld Gallery23 JuneThe Courtauld Gallery is putting together a special exhibition of works by Paul Gaugin, collected together by Samuel Courtauld in the 1920s. The Courtauld holds the UK’s most important collection of works by the Post-Impressionist master.

Summer Exhibition, at the Royal Academy of Arts23 JuneHave you ever dreamt of seeing your art up on the walls of one of London’s major galleries? The Royal Academy of Art’s Summer Exhibition is the largest open contemporary art exhibition in the world, drawing together a wide range of new and recent work by established, emerging and unknown artists.

Visions of the Universe23 JuneThe National Maritime Museum’s new “Visions of the Universe” exhibition will tell the story of astronomical imaging – from the earliest hand-drawings all the way up to the latest pictures from Hubble and the Mars Curiosity rover. The exhibition will bring together some of the best astronomical photographs ever made, showcasing over a hundred images of stars, planets, galaxies from NASA, the Russian space programme, and some of the largest telescopes in the world.

Patrick Caulfield exhibition, at Tate Britain23 JuneTate Britain will be holding two new exhibitions in parallel, comparing and contrasting the work of Gary Hume and Paul Caulfield. Patrick Caulfield is a celebrated British painter who is best known for his iconic and vibrant paintings of modern life. The exhibition will explore the artist’s mastery of colour, graphic elegance and wit, and offer the chance to reassess his influences and legacy.

Gary Hume exhibition, at Tate Britain23 JuneTate Britain will be holding two new exhibitions in parallel, comparing and contrasting the work of Gary Hume and Paul Caulfield. The exhibition will spann Hume’s entire career, including many well known and recent paintings. It will highlight Hume’s innovative use of colour, line and surface in his distinctive compositions.

Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 201323 JuneThe annual Deutsche Borse Photography Prize awards £30,000 to the photographer who has made the most significant contribution to the medium of photography over the previous year. The four shorlisted artists are: Broomberg & Chanarin, Mishka Henner, Chris Killip and Cristina De Middel.

Extinction: Not the End of the World?23 JuneThe Natural History Museum’s new exhibition is entitled “Extinction: Not the End of the World?”. Its aim is to take us beyond the dodos and dinosaurs to explore the crucial role that extinction can play in the evolution of life.

London Wonderground23 JuneThe London Wonderground is a fantastic playground of wonders and curiosities, all sitting in the shadow of the London Eye. You can enjoy everything from circus acts and cabaret, to bars, sideshows and music gigs. The Udderbelly Festival (you can’t miss it, it’s housed inside a big inflatable purple cow!) is super-strong in big name comedy stars, whilst the headline show “Cantina” has delighted audiences all around the world.

 
 

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