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Exhibitions in London open on Fri, 17th Feb 2017

Displayed in date order by how soon they close.

This exhibition raises important questions about historical examples of forced migration and Britain’s response in the past. (Ending Soon Fri, 17th Feb)

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An exhibition of Soho's seedy adult art and film by the street artist, Shuby. (Ending Soon Sat, 18th Feb)

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This artwork is a materialisation of the paranoid delusion of James Tilly Matthews, a Bethlem patient of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. (Ending Soon Fri, 24th Feb)

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This is an exhibition that displays talent from across the spectrum of British craftsmanship. (Ending Soon Sat, 25th Feb)

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A display of botanical and zoological watercolours by natural history artists Franz and Ferdinand Bauer. (Ending Soon Sun, 26th Feb)

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An opportunity to discover the work of 13 ceramicists in an exhibition spanning over 80 years of ceramic art. (Ending Soon Sun, 26th Feb)

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See Quentin Blake's original drawings for Beatrix Potter's newly re-discovered story The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots (Ending Soon Sun, 26th Feb)

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How have the finished and unfinished revolutions of the late 1960s changed the way we live today and think about the future?  (Ending Soon Sun, 26th Feb)

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This exhibition will look at the Bank of England's past, and explore the history of a medium that has come to dominate the world around us. (Ending Soon Tue, 28th Feb)

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This exhibition highlights the development of public health nursing and the roles nurses have played in improving public health. (Ending Soon Tue, 28th Feb)

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This display steps inside the homes of 26 London teenagers to explore the meaning and significance of contemporary teenage bedrooms. (Ending Soon Tue, 28th Feb)

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Material from the Laburnum Boat Club project has been redisplayed in this exhibition by London Canal Museum. (Ending Soon Tue, 28th Feb)

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An exhibition showing how maps changed how we look at the world, from Beck's tube map to spy maps. (Ending Soon Wed, 1st Mar)

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Rembrant's Self-Portrait, Wearing a Feathered Bonnet is on display in London for the first time. (Ending Soon Sun, 5th Mar)

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An exhibition of some of Sir John Soane’s Museum’s most beautiful and influential designs for Adam’s projects in London. (Ends on Sat, 11th Mar)

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The exhibition contains theatre posters, handwritten scripts, and film stills.  (Ends on Sat, 11th Mar)

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A major exhibition celebrating the master hairstylist’s remarkable 40 year career, from the late 1970s to the current day. (Ends on Sun, 12th Mar)

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Discover the evolution of underwear design from the 18th-century to the present day. (Ends on Sun, 12th Mar)

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Isabelle Émilie de Tessier was a London actress, cartoonist and illustrator who worked under the pseudonym 'Marie Duval'. This exhibition at Guildhall Library is the first one dedicated solely to Duval's work as a nineteenth century pioneer of the art of comics. (Ends on Fri, 17th Mar)

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An exhibition of traditional embroidered textiles from the lands of the Indus, Afghanistan, the Near East and Central Asia. (Ends on Sat, 25th Mar)

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This exhibition explores Impressionism in an Australian context – closely related to yet entirely distinct from its European counterparts. (Ends on Sun, 26th Mar)

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See the shortlisted proposals for Trafalgar Square's 2018 and 2020 Fourth Plinth commissions (Ends on Sun, 26th Mar)

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This exhibition shows 60 of the brothers’ original book and magazine illustrations, many seen in public for the first time. (Ends on Sun, 26th Mar)

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A display of the best of the political cartoons published in the newspapers during 2016 (Ends on Wed, 29th Mar)

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Photographer Eugenio Grosso takes you on a photographic journey through time from the foundation of London to the present. (Ends on Fri, 31st Mar)

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See the world's longest Lego bridge, and a display about other bridges (Ends on Fri, 31st Mar)

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This exhibition sees Leighton’s most famous and celebrated work, Flaming June, return to the artist's house from Puerto Rico. (Ends on Sun, 2nd Apr)

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From ceramics and sculpture, find out more about Ovid’s magical stories and their influence in the display and gallery trail. (Ends on Sun, 2nd Apr)

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An exhibition that marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act which legalised homosexuality in the UK. (Ends on Fri, 7th Apr)

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The Library and Museum’s latest exhibition marks the centenary of the opening of the Royal Masonic Hospital. (Ends on Fri, 7th Apr)

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A special exhibition of original illustrations by John Kenney for the 1965 Ladybird life of Dickens. (Ends on Sun, 16th Apr)

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An exhibition about the woman in Admiral Horatio Nelson's life - Emma Hamilton. (Ends on Mon, 17th Apr)

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An exhibition marking the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of 1666. (Ends on Mon, 17th Apr)

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The first exhibition to focus on images of artists from within the Royal Collection. (Ends on Mon, 17th Apr)

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This exhibition explores one of the most momentous periods in modern world history through the lens of its groundbreaking art. (Ends on Mon, 17th Apr)

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Explore the Moomins through the life of its author Tove Jansson  (Ends on Sun, 23rd Apr)

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A display of eighty pages of original artwork from each decade of ‘the galaxy’s greatest comic’. (Ends on Sun, 23rd Apr)

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An exhibition of board games from modern classics to 18th century historical games. (Ends on Sun, 23rd Apr)

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An immersive multi-channel video installation, created by conceptual documentary photographer and Deutsche Börse Photography Prize winner Richard Mosse (Ends on Sun, 23rd Apr)

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This exhibition examines why radical artists and writers were drawn to the hills, seaside and villages of Sussex in the first half of the 20th century. (Ends on Sun, 23rd Apr)

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Explore Chamberlin, Powell and Bon's endeavour to combine spaciousness with high density development. (Ends on Wed, 26th Apr)

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The Poster Parade looks at some of the classic designs that have gone on to provide inspiration for a new generation of artists.  (Ends on Thu, 27th Apr)

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A chance to see the tiny charter document given by William the Conqueror to the City. (Ends on Thu, 27th Apr)

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An exhibition that celebrates 250 years of the jigsaw puzzle, the largest of its kind ever shown. (Ends on Sun, 30th Apr)

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Discover new perspectives in the poetry of Philip Larkin. (Ends on Sun, 30th Apr)

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The appeal of mutton chops, goatees and the most flamboyant of moustaches with a photographic exhibition. (Ends on Sun, 30th Apr)

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Ethical taxidermist Jazmine Miles-Long challenges ideas and perceptions of this art and craft.  (Ends on Mon, 1st May)

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This exhibition shows off coins and other objects that were defaced, usually to condemn the memory of deceased Roman Emperors. (Ends on Sun, 7th May)

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Explore the work of designer and artist Josef Frank (1885-1967) in the first-ever UK exhibition of his textiles. (Ends on Sun, 7th May)

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This exhibition explores the way artists and photographers responded to the bombing of London during WW2. (Ends on Mon, 8th May)

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A sumptuous display of over 70 fans decorated with biblical subjects. (Ends on Sun, 21st May)

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See Cagnacci’s masterpiece, on view in the UK for the first time in over thirty years (Ends on Sun, 21st May)

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This exhibition examines what we think, feel and value about other species and the consequences this has for the world around us. (Ends on Sun, 21st May)

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Sir Quentin Blake has drawn special portraits of some of the most celebrated characters from Dahl’s stories. (Ends on Sun, 21st May)

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One of the most popular and influential British artists of the twentieth century returns to Tate Britain for his most comprehensive exhibition yet. (Ends on Mon, 29th May)

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This is the first photography display that combines work by the British modern artist, Vanessa Bell and the American musician, writer and artist, Patti Smith. (Ends on Sun, 4th Jun)

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Widely acclaimed as a central figure of the Bloomsbury Group, Bell also stands on her own as a pivotal player in 20th century British art. (Ends on Sun, 4th Jun)

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The biggest international competition of its kind, annually showcasing spectacular images shot by astrophotographers worldwide. (Ends on Sun, 25th Jun)

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A display about the work of doctors who gave anaesthesia and pain relief to the wounded during the Battle of the Somme (Ends on Fri, 30th Jun)

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Collector of rarities, debunker of myths, inspiration to writers and doctors alike, conjuror of words, owner of a live ostrich and expert witness at a witch trial. (Ends on Thu, 27th Jul)

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Discover the remarkable 500- year story of humanoid robots  (Ends on Sat, 19th Aug)

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The most complete range of archaeological objects unearthed by Crossrail has gone on display. (Ends on Mon, 21st Aug)

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This exhibition brings together several series of work by artist-photographer Edmund Clark to explore the hidden experiences of state control during the 'Global War on Terror'. (Ends on Wed, 23rd Aug)

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This exhibition investigates the rapidly evolving role of big data in all our lives and how it is being used to transform the world around us.  (Ends on Fri, 1st Sep)

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A substantial exhibition featuring around 200 original costumes, props, models, and pieces of artwork. (Ends on Sun, 3rd Sep)

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The exhibition will feature the collection of 100 exceptional images from the annual competition. (Ends on Sun, 10th Sep)

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An exhibition of animals that have been recreated using a variety of familiar machine parts and gadgets to reveal how their real life counterparts see, eat, hunt and hide. (Ends on Sun, 29th Oct)

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This exhibition remembers the centenary of this battle and the massive medical and human impact of the wounds sustained during and beyond WW1. (Ends on Mon, 15th Jan)

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