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?

Michael Landy: Saints Alive23 JuneMichael Landy will be bringing a contemporary twist to the saints in a series of large-scale sculptures. Landy has scoured car boot sales and flea markets in search of old machinery, cogs and wheels to construct his sculptures, bringing religious iconography to life for a 21st-century audience.

Propaganda: Power and Persuasion23 JuneThe British Library’s new exhibition will try and lift the lid on the ways through which governments across the planet have attempted to influence our thoughts for over 100 years… showcasing you the myriad ways that states attempt to influence us, the People.

“David Bowie Is…” — at the V&A23 JuneDavid Bowie’s long and varied career has made him one of the most influential artists of modern times, and the V&A will trace his shifting style and reinvention across five decades, using more than 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, costumes, photography, film, music videos, set designs and album artwork.

Travels With My Aunt23 JuneGraham Greene’s anarchic comedy “Travels With My Aunt” tells the story of retired bank manager and his Aunt Augusta. Their globetrotting adventures take them from Paris to Istanbul to Paraguay, meeting a host of colourful characters along the way, conjuring up new possibilities in the most unusual of places.

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.

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.

Guided tour of Spencer House23 JuneBuilt a short distance from Buckingham Palace with magnificent views of Green Park, Spencer House is one of the finest aristocratic town houses in London. It the city’s only great 18th-century private palace to survive intact. The restoration is complimented by a magnificent collection of paintings and furniture, including five Benjamin West paintings graciously lent by Her Majesty The Queen.

William Shakespeare’s “Othello”23 JuneThe National Theatre will be putting on a production of “Othello”, one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. It tells the tale of the military leader Othello, appointed to defend Cyprus from the Turks. But Iago, his jealous ensign, works to persuade him that Cassio and his young wife Desdemona are having an affair — with tragic consequences.

The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion23 JuneThe Queen’s Gallery’s new exhibition “In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion” will use paintings from the Royal Collection to explore the sumptuous costumes of the British court in the 16th and 17th-century. The exhibition will feature more than 60 works, including pieces by Hans Holbein the Younger, Nicholas Hilliard, Van Dyck and Peter Lely.

 
 

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