Home > Staff and students > LSE social > Arts and music
How to contact us

Conference and Events Office
Office 3.02, Tower 3
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE


Atrium Gallery, Old Building
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE


Opening Times:
Monday - Friday
10am - 8pm.

Terri Callanan

Tel: +44 020 7849 4909 Email: arts@lse.ac.uk

Web: lse.ac.uk/arts 


The Conference and Events Office is part of LSE's Communication Division.


See Who's who for a full list of contacts for all staff in the Conference and Events Office.


LSE Arts



LSE Arts exhibition: Germans in Britain

28 September - 6 November 2015

Atrium Gallery, Old Building

Browse upcoming and past exhibitions

String Quartet

Next Lunchtime Concert: Trio Isimsiz on Thursday 8 October

Every Thursday during Michaelmas and Lent term, Music@LSE hosts a concert in the Shaw Library.

Browse upcoming concerts from Music@LSE

LSE Chill

Next LSE Chill: Friday 30 October 2015

Monthly open-mic night for staff and students, last Friday of the month 6-8pm, Café 54. 

Performers: Misha Chapman, The Seventh Floor String Band - one more slot available!


LSE Perspectives October edition now online

Monthly online photo gallery showcasing entries from staff and students. 

Browse past editions


Annual Photo Prize

The competition will open later this year, and will be presented alongside the Space for Thought Literary Festival.

Event Audience

What is the Future of Visual Arts Philanthropy in the UK?

LSE Arts and BREESE LITTLE public discussion

Date: Monday 9 November 2015, 6.30pm


Just economics and politics? Think again. LSE does not teach arts or music, but there is a vibrant cultural side to the School: 

Weekly free music concerts in the Shaw Library, our own orchestra and choir led by professional conductors, film, art and photographic student societies. 

There are many works of art on campus and in our residences. Explore LSE arts and music and discover the School's cultural talent and diversity.

Aims of LSE arts

Contribute to and enhance student and staff experience at LSE through a wide-range of arts activity.

To capitalise on a unique opportunity at LSE for developing an international programme of exhibitions and events which link art and the social sciences.

To promote an arts programme that is of interest to LSE student and staff and public audiences.

Establish a reputation for staging engaging and high profile exhibitions and talks which contribute to intellectual and cultural life and profile of the School.

Arts Advisory Committee

  • Nick Byrne, Chair of committee, Language Centre
  • Steve Bond, Learning Technology and Innovation 
  • Terri Callanan, Conference and Events
  • James Deeley, Media and Communications
  • Sue Donnelly, Governance, Legal and Planning Division
  • Louise Gaskell, Conference and Events
  • Matthew Taylor, Orchestra Conductor
  • Samira Mezroui, Advancement
  • Ginny Pavey, Grantham Research Institute
  • Eleanor Payne, Library Information Services
  • Alan Revel, Conferences and Events
  • Nigel Rogers, Centre for Economic Performance
  • Student Union Community and Welfare Officer

Comments and suggestions

If you have comments, thoughts or suggestions about LSE Arts, the arts activities organised in and around the school or the schedule of events, we would love to hear from you. Please send you comments to arts@lse.ac.uk.

The School is awash with artistic and musical talent; from talented students putting on plays, musicals and pantomimes and taking their shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to the exciting concerts given regularly by the LSE Choir and Orchestra. 

Arts-related student union societies: 

Want to promote your society's events? Send in your information to our Music and Arts e-newsletter.

Staff and the arts: 

Staff members are also involved in the arts - we have musicians, choir members, amateur and semi-professional actors and artists. Some notable figures include: 

  • The Critique of Pure Rhythm is based in the Philosophy Department and brings together both staff and students across the department to perform rock and roll.
  • The Funktionalists are based in the Anthropology Department, and perform a mixture of Salsa, Cumbia, rock and jazz.  
  • Konni Deppe, is a jazz singer who, when she’s not working in LSE Web Services, teaches music and performs gigs in the UK and Germany. 
  • Professor David Lewis, in the social policy department, is a singer/songwriter who has issued four albums of original songs since the 1990s. He has worked with John Wesley Harding, Al Stewart, and Peter Buck (REM). 
  • Nigel Rogers, manager of the Centre for Economic Performance and the LSE Research Lab, is an amateur pianist and works closely Music@LSE to source performers for the weekly lunchtime concerts. He won the Kemble Chopin piano competition, 2009 and was a finalist in the 2012 UK Piano Competition for Outstanding Adult Amateurs.  

Famous artistic alumni:

And of course there is our alumni network 

  • Pat Barker, Author 
  • Rhian Benson, 2005 Mobo (Music of black origin) Jazz Act award winner
  • Maya von Doll, member of the Soho Dolls
  • Mick Jagger
  • Hilary Mantel, Author 
  • Ron Moody, famed for his role as Fagin in Oliver!
  • Scott Neustadter, Hollywood writer, 500 Days of Summer is based on a romance at LSE
  • Matt Osman, bass player for Suede
  • Jules O'Riordan, former Radio 1 DJ  (aka Judge Jules)
  • Allan Segal, BAFTA-winning documentary film maker
  • Sophie Solomon, former member of world music band Oi Va Voi
  • Frank Turner, musician, Million Dead band member and solo artist.  
  • Plus let’s not forget, presenter David Attenborough studied Social Anthropology at LSE

One way to connect with many of our arts and music related alumni is through the LSE Media Group, which organises various speaker events throughout the year.




Newsletter sign up

Submit your email address to receive updates on exhibitions, concerts and arts related events at LSE.