<h2>RACHID KORAÏCHI: CELESTIAL BLUE<br>
7 MARCH – 13 APRIL 2024</h2>
<h2>RACHID KORAÏCHI: CELESTIAL BLUE<br>
7 MARCH – 13 APRIL 2024</h2>
<h2>RACHID KORAÏCHI: CELESTIAL BLUE<br>
7 MARCH – 13 APRIL 2024</h2>
<h2>LR VANDY: TWIST<br>
18 APRIL – 25 MAY 2024</h2>
<h2>LR VANDY: TWIST<br>
18 APRIL – 25 MAY 2024</h2>
<h2>HYUNDAI COMMISSION.<br><em>EL ANATSUI: BEHIND THE RED MOON</em> FOR TATE MODERN’S TURBINE HALL.</h2>
10 October, 2023 – 14 April, 2024
Tate Modern, London<h2>Aubrey Williams: Cosmological Abstractions, 1973–85<br>23 May 2023 – 2 June 2024 at
Tate Britain, London</h2>Photo: © Tate (Madeleine Buddo)<h2>EDDY KAMUANGA ILLUNGA<br>Available from our Book Store, £45.95 + P&P</h2>248 pages, 200 full colour plates throughout. Published by Rizzoli.<h2>DREAM NO SMALL DREAM: The Story of October Gallery<br>Available from our Book Store, £40 + P&P</h2>304 pages, full colour plates throughout. Edited by Gerard Houghton.
 
 

NEWS, EVENTS & RECOMMENDATIONS


HYUNDAI COMMISSION. EL ANATSUI: BEHIND THE RED MOON FOR TATE MODERN’S TURBINE HALL.
10th October, 2023 – 14th April, 2024
Tate Modern, London
Congratulations to El Anatsui! We are delighted that Tate Modern unveils a monumental sculptural installation created by the internationally acclaimed Ghanaian artist.

The Hyundai Commission: El Anatsui: Behind the Red Moon is staged in three acts which visitors are invited to move between. The first hanging, titled The Red Moon, resembles the majestic sail of a ship billowing out in the wind, announcing the beginning of a journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Red liquor bottle-tops form the outline of a red moon, or ‘blood moon’, as it appears during a lunar eclipse.

The second sculpture, , is composed of many individual layers that evoke human figures suspended in a restless state. The ethereal appearance of these figures is achieved using thin bottle-top seals wired together to create a net-like material. When viewed from a particular vantage point, these scattered shapes come together into a single circular form of the Earth.

In Anatsui’s final hanging, The Wall, a monumental black sheet of metal cloth stretches from floor to ceiling. At its base, pools of bottle tops rise from the ground in the form of crashing waves and rocky peaks. Behind its black surface, a delicate structure of shimmering silver is revealed, covered in a mosaic of multi-coloured pieces. This combination of lines and waves, blackness and technicolour, echoes the collision of global cultures and hybrid identities that Anatsui invites us to consider throughout his work.
Hyundai Commission. El Anatsui: Behind the Red Moon, Installation View,
Photo © Tate (Joe Humphrys)
ROMUALD HAZOUMÈ at the 60th Venice Biennale
20th April – 24th November, 2024
Romuald Hazoumè has been selected as one of the four major artists to represent The Republic of Benin for the 60th edition of La Biennale di Venezia.

Entitled Everything Precious Is Fragile, this exhibition will explore the rich history of Benin, touching on themes such as the slave trade, the Amazon motif, spirituality and the Vodun religion. These themes are tied together by Benin's exploration of African feminism and pay tribute to women's versatility whilst envisioning a world where differences are seen as a source of richness and strength.

Acclaimed worldwide for his masks made from used plastic petrol cans, Romuald Hazoumè is an artist whose work is firmly rooted in Benin's social, political and cultural context and the globalized world.
Photo: © Jonathan Greet, 20016.
Gallery Talk:
LR Vandy in conversation with Elisabeth Lalouschek
Saturday, 27 April, 2024
3.00 – 4.30pm. Entry Free
The conversation explores Vandy’s working processes and materials, the creation of the artist’s new rope sculptures and examines her daily approach to her work in the studio. Vandy’s recent work was highly influenced by her relocation to a site adjacent to the Ropery at Chatham Historic Dock Yard – an establishment which has preserved traditional rope-making since the 19th century. The exchange will investigate the artist’s use of this versatile material as well as re-visit her series of Hull works.

The talk accompanies LR Vandy's new solo exhibtion, Twist.

The event takes place in the gallery’s ground floor and has disabled access.

The talk will take place in the gallery and disabled access is available.
LR Vandy in front of Dancing in Time: The Ties That Bind Us, Installation View. National Museums Liverpool.
Photo © Pete Carr.
Burn, burn, burn - The Beats light up the Ox
WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS at Oxmarket Contemporary, Chichester
2 April – 14 April, 2024
Burn, burn, burn - The Beats light up the Ox will explore the nonconformist world of the Beat Generation and the diverse artistic expressions of this influential movement.

Included is the work Untitled by William S. Burroughs —a fusion of ink and spray paint on a file folder, with words and inscriptions surfacing through the layers. From drawing to performance, music to photography, and film to art, the Beat Generation's experiments yielded a riotous tapestry of colour and controversy.
William S. Burroughs, Untitled, c. 1992.
Ink and spray paint on file folder, 30 x 48 cm.
El Anatsui at MAK in Vienna
Continues until 20th May, 2024
El Anatsui’s work Terra Firma is now on view in a new exhibition at MAK, Vienna.
HARD/SOFT: Textiles and Ceramics in Contemporary Art, showcases work from around 40 international artists, many whose work is being exhibited in Vienna for the first time. The exhibition explores the interplay between textiles and ceramics and examines the materials’ connections with economic and political systems. Furthermore, the exhibited works investigate themes relating to cultural appropriation and post-colonialism.
El Anatsui Terra Firma, 2020.
Aluminium and copper wire,
360 x 334 cm.
Photo: Nathan Murrell
EL ANATSUI at Entangled Pasts, 1778–now: Art Colonialism and Change
3 February – 28 April, 2024
Royal Academy of Arts, London
Entangled Pasts, 1778–now: Art Colonialism and Change, brings together over 100 major contemporary and historic artworks as part of a conversation about art and its role in shaping narratives around empire, enslavement, resistance, abolition and colonialism.

Organised into three thematic sections that intertwine narratives across time and engage over 50 artists connected to the institution, the exhibition will include El Anatsui’s installation Akua's Surviving Children from 1996. This powerful piece represents a clan of survivors from the Danish slave trade, which operated between Ghana, formerly the Gold Coast, and the Danish West Indies.
El Anatsui, Akua's Surviving Children, 2020.
Found wood and metal,
height 165 cm, variable dimensions.
AUBREY WILLIAMS: COSMOLOGICAL ABSTRACTIONS, 1973–85 at TATE BRITAIN
23 May 2023 – 2 June 2024
Tate Britain has dedicated a room to the work of Aubrey Williams, a significant aspect in the institution’s 2023 complete rehang of the world’s greatest collection of British art for the first time in 10 years.

Titled Aubrey Williams: Cosmological Abstractions, 1973–85, the display consists of paintings created in the 1970s and the 1980s, and explores Williams' involvement with ecology, cosmology, music and pre-colonial civilisations.

Visitors can now discover the galleries laid out chronologically, from the 1500s to the present day, with the relationship between British art and the wider world being a major theme throughout. Each solo exhibition room, devoted to major historic figures such as William Blake and John Constable amongst others.
Installion view of Aubrey Williams: Cosmological Abstractions, 1973–85 at Tate Britain.
Photo: Tate (Madeleine Buddo)

 

PAST NEWS, EVENTS & RECOMMENDATIONS


Film Screening:
Koraïchi : Tu manques même à mon ombre
EXTRA SCREENING
Saturday, 6 April, 2024
3.00 – 4.30pm. Entry Free
In this film, world renowned artist, Rachid Koraïchi, takes us to the sources of his inspiration in the Sahara. This initiatory journey, which originates between Djanet and Tamanrasset, continues in the Sufi brotherhood to which he belongs.

Koraïchi shares with us his discourse about peace and humanism, which can be found reflected in his works and installations. Koraïchi: Tu manques même à mon ombre highlights Rachid Koraïchi’s artistic journey and his strong commitment to peace and Tolerance for all. Directed by Laurent Boullard, Koraïchi : Tu manques même à mon ombre dedicated to Rachid Koraïchi, was produced in 2021.

The film is an intimate portrait of a committed and humanist artist, recognised worldwide. Boullard is a television journalist and director of numerous news reports, investigations and documentaries for major French television channels.

(Duration: 64 mins - October Gallery theatre, 2nd Floor - This event has no disabled access).

View the Trailer for the film.


Archived: 06/04/2024
Photo: © Laurent Boullard.
Gallery Talk:
Rachid Koraïchi: Celestial Blue.
The Artist in conversation with Gerard Houghton
Saturday, 9 March, 2024
3.00 – 4.30pm. Entry Free
Join renowned artist Rachid Koraïchi for an in-depth discussion about his new body of work in the exhibition Celestial Blue with Gerard Houghton, Director of Special Projects. In celebration of the artist’s 77th year, the talk will explore the development of Koraïchi’s career, his acclaimed work Jardin d' Afrique and how certain elements of Sufism, such as script, the prime number 7 and Tolerance, continue to inform his ongoing artistic practice.

The talk will take place in the gallery and disabled access is available.
Rachid Koraïchi at October Gallery, London. 2018.

Archived: 09/03/2024
Photo © Jonathan Greet.
Film Screening:
Koraïchi : Tu manques même à mon ombre
Saturday, 9 March, 2024
1.30 – 2.30pm. Entry Free
In this film, world renowned artist, Rachid Koraïchi, takes us to the sources of his inspiration in the Sahara. This initiatory journey, which originates between Djanet and Tamanrasset, continues in the Sufi brotherhood to which he belongs.

Koraïchi shares with us his discourse about peace and humanism, which can be found reflected in his works and installations. Koraïchi: Tu manques même à mon ombre highlights Rachid Koraïchi’s artistic journey and his strong commitment to peace and Tolerance for all. Directed by Laurent Boullard, Koraïchi : Tu manques même à mon ombre dedicated to Rachid Koraïchi, was produced in 2021.

The film is an intimate portrait of a committed and humanist artist, recognised worldwide. Boullard is a television journalist and director of numerous news reports, investigations and documentaries for major French television channels.

(Duration: 64 mins - October Gallery theatre, 2nd Floor - This event has no disabled access).

View the Trailer for the film.


Archived: 09/03/2024
Photo: © Laurent Boullard.
ROMUALD HAZOUMÈ: The Fâ Series
6 September – 28 February, 2024
Neuberger Museum of Art, NY
This exhibition presents a significant body of work by internationally renowned artist Romuald Hazoumè, based on his dedicated study of Fâ divination.

Romuald Hazoumè: The Fâ Series presents twenty-two works, primarily from the mid-1990s. The majority of these large-scale canvases draw from the visual lexicon associated with Fâ, evoking its sacred knowledge through symbols and signs. The show is organised by the Neuberger Museum of Art and curated by Christa Clarke, independent curator, art historian and Senior Advisor at the Center for Curatorial Leadership.
Romuald Hazoumè, Legba, 1994. Mixed media on canvas,150 x 200 cm.

Archived: 28/02/2024
ALEXIS PESKINE at
Reconnect Through Love
17 – 18 February, 2024
Omaka Gallery, London
Entry: £7.50 (Children U13 free entry)
Reconnect Through Love, a group exhibition at Omaka Gallery, highlights the multi-layered and diverse nature of Black love through the perspectives of internationally acclaimed and emerging artists. This showcase endeavours to shed light on the collective experiences of love, offering a genuine and authentic perspective on the myriad forms this powerful emotion can embody. Alexis Peskine is represented by his large-scale nail portrait Kassu Demdemi (Fire Now), in which each meticulously placed nail symbolises a profound connection and resilience within the narrative of Black identity.
Alexis Peskine, Kassu Demdemi (Fire Now), 2020.
Orange gold leaf, nails, Havana Ochre, curcuma, earth and white hibiscus on lumber core wood, 196 x 110 cm.

Archived: 18/02/2024
GOVINDA SAH 'AZAD' at
Infinity Festival
2 February – 11 February, 2024
ARK, Albion Rd, Margate
Infinity Festival in Margate will celebrate the work of internationally acclaimed artist Govinda Sah ‘Azad’ whose large-scale paintings will be exhibited for the first time in his hometown. The Margate-based contemporary artist is inspired by the ambient light of Thanet, the skyscapes of his homeland Nepal and the mysteries of our cosmos.

Alongside an exhibition of Sah's paintings are workshops, talks, meditation sessions and two special performances featuring Margate-based dancer and choreographer Ash Mukherjee and the Orchestra from Everywhere, which brings together musicians and music from around the world.
Govinda Sah 'Azad', Lumbini: Blessed Land, 2022.
Oil and acrylic on canvas, 239 x 262 cm.

Archived: 11/02/2024
Gallery Talk:
Transvangarde: Time Capsule
Saturday, 20 January, 2024
3.00 – 4.30pm at October Gallery
Entry: Free
Join us for a unique opportunity to hear Artist Susanne Kessler and Elisabeth Lalouschek, Artistic Director of October Gallery speak about their wider practice and reflect upon their very individual career development since graduating from the Royal College of Art in the 1980s. The conversation will be moderated by Gerard Houghton, Director of Special Projects.
The talk will take place in the gallery and disabled access is available.
Left: Susanne Kessler. Right: Elisabeth Lalouschek.

Archived: 20/01/2024
ROMUALD HAZOUMÈ's work featured in new
exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre
The Stuff of Life | The Life of Stuff
10 September, 2023 – 14 January, 2024
October Gallery are thrilled that works by Romuald Hazoumè feature in The Stuff of Life | The Life of Stuff, a new, major international exhibition which opened on 10th September, 2023 at the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, UK.

Visitors can view artworks composed of salvaged materials, re-synthesised fragments, and e-waste. They will encounter new environmental zones, where synthetic and organic matter interact, providing a fertile ground for the invention of mythical worlds, dystopias and speculative future narratives.

A major bottle-top work by El Anatsui also is featured in this exhibition, which includes works by Madi Acharya-Baskerville; Mandy Barker; Karla Black; Maarten Vanden Eynde; Ayan Farah; Daiga Grantina; Diana Lelonek; Ibrahim Mahama Mary Mattingly; Fabrice Monteiro; Marlie Mul; Samara Scott; Tejal Shah; Elias Sime; Michael E. Smith; Sarah Sze; Gavin Turk.
Romuald Hazoumè, Avatar, 2022. Found objects, 57 x 58 x 15 cm.

Archived: 14/01/2024
EL ANATSUI: TimeSpace
Catalogue now available in our online store
40 page soft cover
£10 (+ P&P)
Exhibition catalogue with an text by Gerard Houghton to accompany our current exhibition. Colour plates throughout.


Archived: 13/01/2024
SOKARI DOUGLAS CAMP CBE and ALEXIS PESKINE at The Fitzwilliam Museum
8 September, 2023 – 7 January, 2024
The Fitzwilliam Museum presents a landmark exhibition, Black Atlantic: Power, People, Resistance, which explores new stories from history and investigates which stories get remembered and why.

By bringing together collections from across the University of Cambridge’s museums, libraries and colleges with loans from around the world, Black Atlantic: Power, People, Resistance asks new questions about Cambridge’s role in the transatlantic slave trade and looks at how objects and artworks have influenced history and perspectives. Historical works are shown alongside modern and contemporary works by artists, including Sokari Douglas Camp CBE, Alexis Peskine, Barbara Walker and Donald Locke — each of them challenges and reflects on hidden and untold stories.
Sokari Douglas Camp, Sugar Cane John Canoe, 2021. Mild steel and acrylic paint, 155 x 33 x 26 cm. Private Collection.

Archived: 07/01/2024
Photo: Jonathan Greet
ZANA MASOMBUKA and HASSAN MASSOUDY at Honey & Smoke
3 October, 2023 - 6 January 2024
Honey and Smoke Grill House,
216 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5QW
Open: Monday, 5.00 pm – 10.30 pm, Tuesday – Saturday, 12.00 pm – 10.30pm
We are delighted to announce that the exhibition of works by Hassan Massoudy and Zana Masombuka at Honey & Smoke Grill House is now extended until 6th January, 2024! To accompany the new season, Honey & Smoke will serve their Christmas Feast Menus for large parties.

This collaboration between October Gallery and Honey & Smoke celebrates shared cultural traditions, the ritual of dining together and the combination of heritage and modernity in both food and art.

Elegant, gestural, calligraphic works on paper by Hassan Massoudy are presented on the ground floor of the restaurant. Born to a traditional Iraqi family, Massoudy trained in Baghdad and Paris. A master artist-calligrapher, his work connects with the Middle Eastern influence and tradition through the written word, with peace and tolerance as central themes in his work.

Zana Masombuka, an artist from South Africa, presents a body of striking photographic works in the downstairs area of the restaurant. Her work engages with the intersection of tradition with the modern age, especially through Ndebele culture, symbolism and material contrast, in a radical re-examination of the self.

More about Honey & Smoke & Co here honeyandco.co.uk
Alexis Peskine, Abada (Forever), 2023.
Black pigment, white hibiscus petals, moon gold leaf and nails on lumber core wood. 150 x 110 cm.

Archived: 06/01/2024
OCTOBER GALLERY at ABU DHABI ART
Booth A11
22 – 26 November, 2023
VIP Openings: 20– 21 November, 2023
October Gallery presents new works by Alexis Peskine and paintings by Govinda Sah ‘Azad’, alongside selected etchings, paintings and ceramics by Rachid Koraïchi, for the 2023 edition of Abu Dhabi Art,

Highlights include arresting new large-scale, mixed-media ‘portraits’ by Alexis Peskine. The artist portrays the African diaspora by creating works rendered by hammering gold and silver leafed nails of different gauge, with pin-point accuracy, into wood stained with black pigment, white hibiscus petals, coffee and mud. Metaphorically connecting the nail to the Black experience, Peskine depicts figures that reveal strength, perseverance and self-possession. Also on view are new works by Govinda Sah ‘Azad’, an artist from Nepal who is known for his paintings of tempestuous skies and cosmic explosions. The works are informed by Sah’s intriguing ongoing metaphysical musings about the nature of reality. Rachid Koraïchi is represented by a selection of works in different mediums, including two striking etchings from the series A Nation in Exile, rendered in a predominately black palette.
Alexis Peskine, Abada (Forever), 2023.
Black pigment, white hibiscus petals, moon gold leaf and nails on lumber core wood. 150 x 110 cm.

Archived: 26/11/2023
JAMES BARNOR: Accra/London
—A Retrospective
28 May – 15 October 2023
Detroit Institute of Arts
The Detroit Institute of Arts will present James Barnor: Accra/London—A Retrospective, a comprehensive survey of the work of British-Ghanaian photographer James Barnor, whose career spans more than six decades. A studio portraitist, photojournalist, and Black lifestyle photographer, Barnor established his famous Ever Young Studio in Accra in the early 1950s and devoted his early photography to documenting critical social and political changes that animated the nation on the cusp of independence from Britain.
James Barnor , Model with Tank and Driver, 1974.
Digital Fibre Print, 70 x 70 cm

Archived: 15/10/2023
October Gallery at 1-54 London
Booth W1
12 October – 15 October, 2023
VIP Opening 12th October, 2023
Somerset House, London
For the eleventh edition of 1-54 London, October Gallery presents new works by Zana Masombuka, Alexis Peskine, LR Vandy, paintings by Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga and Owusu-Ankomah and sculptures by Romuald Hazoumè.
Zana Masombuka, Nges’rhodlweni: iNothiso 1, 2023.
Giclée print on Hahnemühle FineArt Baryta 325 gsm paper, 134 x 95 cm.

Archived: 15/10/2023
ZANA MASOMBUKA at Gallery OCA
11 – 15 October, 2023
Cromwell Place, The Wing Gallery London SW7 2JE
Three works by Zana Masombuka will be featured in the group exhibition, COZY – Comfortable in My Skin with Gallery OCA (Of Caribbean Art).

Taking place at Cromwell Place, the exhibition invites you to step into a world of hybrid identities, where power and vulnerability reverberate in conversation and brings together the unique voices of some of Africa, the Caribbean and the diaspora's boldest voices, presenting a multifaceted perspective on womanhood, shaped by the artists’ defining journeys towards self-actualisation.
Zana Masombuka, Nges’rhodlweni: Nges’buyeni 1, 2023.
Giclée print on Hahnemühle FineArt Baryta 325 gsm paper, 60 x 40 cm.

Archived: 15/10/2023
AUBREY WILLIAMS at 1-54 presents, Christie’s
10 October – 13 October, 2023
Christie’s, London
8 King St, St. James's, London
Work by Aubrey Williams will be shown in 1-54 Presents; a group show titled Transatlantic Connections: Caribbean Narratives in Contemporary Art. This exhibition will be on view at Christie’s, on the occasion of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair’s 11th edition. Traversing individual experiences and collective identities, Transatlantic Connections: Caribbean Narratives in Contemporary Art brings together a range of works from some of the most exciting modern and contemporary Caribbean artists of the last 50 years.
Aubrey Williams, Nuestro Pan, 1977-1987.
Oil on canvas,104 x 119 cm.

Archived: 13/10/2023
EL ANATSUI TO BE NEXT HYUNDAI COMMISSION ARTIST FOR TATE MODERN’S TURBINE HALL
10 October 2023 - 14 April 2024
We are thrilled that Tate Modern and Hyundai Motor have announced that El Anatsui will create the next annual Hyundai Commission. One of the most distinctive artists working today, El Anatsui is best-known for his cascading metallic sculptures constructed of thousands of recycled bottle-tops articulated with copper wire. Repurposing found materials into dazzling works of abstract art, Anatsui’s work explores themes that include the environment, consumption and trade. His site-specific work for the Turbine Hall will be open to the public from 10 October 2023 – 14 April 2024.

Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern, said: “El Anatsui is responsible for some of the most unique and unforgettable sculptures in recent times and we are delighted that he will tackle the Turbine Hall this autumn for the annual Hyundai Commission. Anatsui’s much-loved Ink Splash II 2012 in Tate’s collection enchants visitors wherever it’s shown, and we can’t wait to see how this inventive artist will approach a space like the Turbine Hall.”
El Anatsui

Archived: 10/10/2023
Photo © Aliona Adrianova, 2019.
ZANA MASOMBUKA: NGES’RHODLWENI: A PORTAL FOR BLACK JOY
Catalogue now available in our online store
16 page soft Cover
£10 (+ P&P)
Exhibition catalogue with an interview by Eleri Fanshawe to accompany our current exhibition. Colour plates throughout.


Archived: 10/10/2023
ROMUALD HAZOUMÈ: 1.5 Degrees: Interdependencies between Life, the Cosmos, and Technology
7 April – 8 October, 2023
Kunsthalle Mannheim
Romuald Hazoumè's monumental installation, Rat Singer: Second Only to God! will be exhibited in a bold, new exhibition at Kunsthalle Mannheim.

1.5 Degrees: Interdependencies between Life, the Cosmos, and Technology examines the complex interaction of human beings, nature and technology. Exploring how the climate crisis influences all areas of life, the premise of the exhibition questions whether the methods by which humankind has developed the world since the beginning of industrialisation are still legitimate. Includes works by Anselm Kiefer, Richard Long and Julian Charrière amongst others.
Romuald Hazoumè, Rat Singer: Second Only to God!, 2013. Mixed Media, 400 x 600 x 600 cm. Installation view, 5 Howick Place, London.

Archived: 08/10/2023
Photo © Jonathan Greet
OWUSU-ANKOMAH:
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
1 June – 16 September 2023
Haus der Kulturen der Welt shows Works by Owusu-Ankomah in O Quilombismo: Of Resisting and Insisting. Of Flight as Fight. Of Other Democratic Egalitarian Political Philosophies.

This is a research undertaking, an exhibition, workshops, and a series of performances that discuss new forms of cultural and political resistance through diverse emancipation projects, past and present.

The exhibition embodies an anti-imperialist struggle deeply aligned with different strains of the Pan-Africanist movement and sustains radical solidarity with all peoples of the world who fight against exploitation, oppression and poverty, as well as inequalities motivated by race, colour, gender, religion, or ideology.
Owusu-Ankomah, Microcron Begins No.16, 2013.
Acrylic on canvas, 180 x 280 cm.

Archived: 16/09/2023
TAPFUMA GUTSA at É a lama, é a lama (It’s the mud, it’s the mud)
4 August – 16 September, 2023
Elizabeth Xi Bauer Gallery, London
Tapfuma Gutsa’s work is presented alongside contemporary artists Maria Thereza Alves, ikkibawiKrrr, Oswaldo Maciá and Uriel Orlow at Elizabeth Xi Bauer’s new exhibition É a lama, é a lama. These artists’ practices acknowledge our climate emergency and turn their gaze to one aspect of our planet, depicting elements such as flora, fauna, water, fire, geological formations and typhoons to address global warming.

É a lama, é a lama is curated by Maria do Carmo M. P. de Pontes.
Tapfuma Gutsa, The Cypher, 2002. Water buffalo, horn and granite, 107 x 31 x 30 cm.

Archived: 16/09/2023
Gallery Talk: ZANA MASOMBUKA in conversation with Harold Offeh
Saturday, 16th September, 3 - 4:30 pm.
Entry: Free.
Join artist Zana Masombuka for a talk about her first London solo exhibition with Harold Offeh, interdisciplinary artist and tutor in Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art. Masombuka, also known as ‘Ndebele Superhero’ discusses her practice and new body of photographs, sculptures and short film which draw upon her experiences of Ndebele ceremony and ritual. Masombuka explores the intersection of identity and culture, as she creates arresting visual narratives imbued with traditional Ndebele lore and symbolism, which the artist employs to bring about a radical re-examination of the individual’s position within the wider community. The artist’s exhibition Nges’rhodlweni: A Portal for Black Joy continues until the 30th of September, 2023 at October Gallery.

Harold Offeh is known for working in a range of media, including photography and performance. He has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including: Tate Britain and Tate Modern; Wysing Art Centre; Studio Museum Harlem, New York; MAC VAL, France; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark; and Art Tower Mito, Japan. Currently a Senior Tutor in Fine Art MFA at The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, he also lectures in Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art, London.
Zana Masombuka, Nges’rhodlweni: iNothiso 6, 2023.

Archived: 16/09/2023
© Zana Masombuka. Photo by John Baloy and Bontle Juku.
BENJI REID:
Ducie Street Warehouse, Manchester
29 May – 3 September 2023
Several photographic works by artist Benji Reid are now on display at Ducie Street Warehouse — Manchester’s social hub that offers DJ nights, movie screenings, a lounge, bar and much more.

Reid describes himself as a Choreo-Photolist, a term he coined to encapsulate his disciplines of theatre, choreography and photography.

Through his works, the artist demonstrates what it means to defy expectations and stereotypes and explores ‘the different ways the body floats and defies gravity’.

Benji Reid, Air Bending, 2019. Giclée print, 80 x 80 cm.

Archived: 03/09/2023
AUBREY WILLIAMS:
Future Conscious
Catalogue now available in our online store
32 page soft Cover
£10 (+ P&P)
Exhibition catalogue with an Essay by Jakub Gawkowski to accompany our current exhibition. Colour plates throughout.

Throughout the month of August, customers will receive a 30% discount on ALL books and catalogues when using the code OG2023. Browse here octobergallery.co.uk/store


Archived: 15/08/2023
OCTOBER GALLERY CAFE
Tuesday – Friday, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Our Gallery Café serves home-cooked dishes during lunch hours, ready to be enjoyed in the Refectory or in the beautiful space of the courtyard garden.

Chef Amy has cooked internationally for three decades and has mastered many cuisines. The varied daily menu attests to this. It's her exceptional self-education in Asian cuisine, however, that led to her signature dish: the Malaysian Laksa Noodle soup. It’s on the menu every Tuesday.

Amy's daily lunch menu features a soup of the day and two dishes of the day (one always vegan) and changes regularly. Fresh pastries and cakes can also be purchased as well as coffee, teas, soft drinks, wines and beers. Booking is required for groups of five or more guest


Archived: 01/08/2023
OG YOUTH COLLECTIVE
​ALL FOR ONE, ONE FOR ALL
October Gallery Youth Collective Takeover and Exhibition
27 July – 29 July 2023  Exhibition Free. Drop-in 12.30-5.30pm
October Gallery’s Youth Collective presents a ‘take over’ and exhibition, All for One, One for All. Located in the gallery’s Theatre space, this exhibition is a celebration of collective identity, an expression of empowerment, and an invitation to other local youth groups to gather and share their creative ideas. As series of hands on events for Young People and Youth Workers will accompany the exhibition as well as Family Art Day which will be run by the OG Youth Collective.


Archived: 29/07/2023
October Gallery and Trebuchet Magazine presents
Gallery Talk:
Ecological Envisioning: Aubrey Williams, Ecology and the Artistic Lens.
Tuesday, 18th July, 6:30 - 9:30 pm.
Doors open: 6.30 pm. The talk starts 6.45 pm and runs till 8.30 pm.
The gallery closes at 9.30 pm.
Entry: Free. Refreshments available.
October Gallery and Trebuchet Magazine are pleased to present Ecological Envisioning: Aubrey Williams, Ecology and the Artistic Lens. This talk will explore the relationship between art and ecology, focussing on Aubrey Williams’ avid interest in science, advancement of technology and its impact on civilisations.

The discussion will reveal insights from Dr Giulia Smith - Art Historian and Research Fellow at Ruskin School of Art Oxford, who is an authority on Aubrey Williams, and the conservation practitioner, Dr John Fanshawe, who is Senior Strategy Adviser at BirdLife International, and leads an arts, science and conservation programme for the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. The talk will be moderated by Kailas Elmer, Managing Editor of Trebuchet and hosted by October Gallery within the current exhibition, Aubrey Williams: Future Conscious.

Aubrey Williams, often cited as being ahead of his time, trained as an Agricultural Officer in Guyana in the early 1940s. The exhibition Future Conscious spans three decades — from the 1960s to the 1980s — and highlights Williams’ prescient understanding of, and concerns regarding the mounting problems impacting environmental and ecological stability.
Aubrey Williams,
Sunspot Maximum VII, 1989.
Acrylic on paper, 48 x 61 cm.

Archived: 18/07/2023
Gallery Talk:
AUBREY WILLIAMS:
Imruh Bakari (Writer and Film Maker) and Dr Ian Dudley (Visiting Fellow in Art History at the University of Essex)
Saturday, 1st July, 3 - 4:30 pm. Tickets: £FREE
October Gallery presents Imruh Bakari (Writer and Film Maker) and Dr Ian Dudley (Visiting Fellow in Art History at the University of Essex) together in conversation, in celebration of its latest Aubrey Williams exhibition, Future Conscious .

The conversation will focus on Imruh Bakari’s long friendship with Aubrey Williams , including time spent on location, in the UK and Guyana, gathering footage for what became his influential documentary film, The Mark of the Hand - Aubrey Williams (1987). This remarkable film followed Williams’ journey to his birthplace of Georgetown, Guyana. The film traces the course of Williams’ surprisingly emotional return to Hosororo, in Guyana’s Northwest interior region, to visit the Indigenous Warrau people who originally inspired him to pursue his lifelong path as an artist. Ian Dudley has written and published scholarly papers on the art of Aubrey Williams, paying particular attention to the Indigenous cultures of Central America and Guyana. Dudley’s insightful publications have generated fresh insight into some of the varied petroglyphic elements seen within Williams' paintings.

This wider discussion will address Williams’ understanding of pre-Columbian histories and cultures, and his prescient foreboding of alienation from the natural world in contrast to Indigenous knowledge systems and their reversible impact on the delicate ecosystemic balance upon which planetary sustainability depends.


Archived: 01/07/2023
Photo: Val Wilmer
GOLNAZ FATHI:
No rain will put out this fire
Catalogue now available in our online store
36 page soft Cover
£10 (+ P&P)
Exhibition catalogue to accompany our current exhibition. Colour plates throughout.


Archived: 15/06/2023
JUKHEE KWON:
LIBERATED
Catalogue now available in our online store
32 page soft Cover
£10 (+ P&P)
Colour plates throughout and an interview text by Gerard Houghton


Archived: 30/04/2023
Gallery Talk:
GOLNAZ FATHI In conversation with Sussan Babaie, Professor of Islamic and Iranian Arts, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Saturday, 29th April, 3pm.
Admission £5.
Iranian artist Golnaz Fathi will discuss her new body of work in the exhibition: No rain will put out this fire. The talk examines the artist’s career, creative process and artistic practice beyond the boundaries of pure calligraphic form as it expands into the gesture of modernist abstraction.


Archived: 30/04/2023
Photo © Joubeen Mireskandari
LR Vandy: Dancing in Time: The Ties That Bind Us
Launches Thursday, 6th April, 2023
International Slavery Museum, Liverpool
LR Vandy will display a new sculpture outside the International Slavery Museum, which explores storytelling, interpretation and the wider historic waterfront. The work, titled Dancing in Time: The Ties That Bind Us, is handmade by sewing sections of rope and binding the ends with twine. This pop-up installation is part of the International Slavery Museums’ series of activations and will be located beside the dry dock in the public space of Liverpool’s Waterfront.

Listen to an interview with LR Vandy on BBC Radio Merseyside at 8.30 pm on Monday, 3rd April.
LR Vandy at The Ropery, 2023. The Historic Dockyard Chatham. Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool.

Archived: 30/04/2023
Photo © Yanle Shen.
ALEXIS PESKINE AT:
A Gateway to Possible Worlds:
Art and science-fiction
Centre Pompidou-Metz
5 November, 2022 – 10 April, 2023
We are delighted that Alexis Peskine's film Raft of Medusa will be presented in a new group exhibition at Centre Pompidou-Metz this November. A Gateway To Possible Worlds brings together over 200 works from the late 1960s to the present day and highlights the bonds between imaginary worlds and our reality.
Alexis Peskine, still from Raft of Medusa, 2016.
Digital video, 2021.

Archived: 10/04/2023
Performance & Talk:
JOHN KENNY: THE MOUTHPIECE OF THE GODS
October Gallery, Theatre
Friday 31st March, 2023
7.15 pm – 10.00 pm
Tickets: £10
Join John Kenny, internationally acclaimed trombone soloist and the world’s first player for 2,000 years of the great Celtic war horn, the Carnyx, for a unique musical event which is part recital and part a detective story.

Kenny puts the Carnyx in context by showing how it is related to a great family of instruments world-wide, from the dawn of time to the present day, by performing music on instruments from many periods and cultures: trombone, sackbut, Polynesian Conch, Mayan Pod Trumpets, alphorn, didgeridoo, and magnificent Irish Bronze and Iron Age horns. As the story unfolds, he will show you the great Tintignac Carnyx of ancient Gaul, the litus and cornu made by the Etruscans, lost after ethnic cleansing by Rome, that is now reconstructed in collaboration with the European Early Music Project.

A selection of CDs are available after the concert and also from the Carnyx & Co website, which reflect the wide range of Kenny’s work and interests. All proceeds support research and development in music archaeology and the development of revolutionary musical instruments that enable profoundly physically disabled musicians to perform at professional level.

To discover more, visit the Carnyx & Co website: www.carnyx.org.uk


Archived: 31/03/2023
Photo: Francesco Marano
THE MOTH AND THE THUNDERCLAP
4 February – 18 March, 2023
Location: Modern Art, Helmet Row, London
Works by Aubrey Williams will be shown at Modern Art in a group exhibition featuring over 40 artists.

Taking its title from a painting by the celebrated American artist Charles Burchfield, The Moth and The Thunderclap aims to show how artists have been compelled to reflect an indeterminate psychological space where nature and culture collide, often filtered through their experience of landscape.
Aubrey Williams , Nebulic Cluster (Cosmos), 1985.
Oil on canvas, 119 x 178 cm.

Archived: 18/03/2023
Gallery Talk:
JUKHEE KWON in conversation with Gerard Houghton, Director of Special Projects.
Saturday, 18th March, 3pm.
Admission Free.
To accompany the exhibition Liberated, Jukhee Kwon will present a talk about her work and creative process. Kwon’s primary material comes from unused and abandoned books, which, by skilful slicing and precision cutting, she converts into captivating sculptures that inhabit their surroundings. Kwon completed her BA Degree in Fine Art at Chung-Ang University, Seoul in 2005 and achieved her Master’s Degree in Book Arts at Camberwell College of Arts, London, in 2012. Kwon first exhibited at October Gallery in 2013, and the same year the Gallery presented her large-scale installation Arabesque Dream, created from seventeen books, at Abu Dhabi Art Fair. She lives and works in Italy.


Archived: 18/03/2023
Photo: Jonathan Greet
GOVINDA SAH 'AZAD':
ABSENT PRESENCE
Catalogue now available in our online store
36 page soft Cover
£10 (+ P&P)
Colour plates throughout and an essay / interview text by Gerard Houghton


Archived: 16/03/2023
ART DUBAI | Booths E12 and M6
Madinat Jumeirah Conference & Events Centre
1 – 5 March, 2023
October Gallery is pleased to participate at Art Dubai 2023 for its 16th edition, with a selection of new and recent works by international artists. For the Contemporary section at Booth E12, the gallery brings together striking pieces by El Anatsui, Jordan Ann Craig, Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga and Alexis Peskine. In the Modern section at Booth M6, the gallery will present a solo show of works by acclaimed photographer James Barnor.
Alexis Peskine , Ikechukwu, 2021.
Copper leaf coated nails, Arno river earth, natural red pigment, clay and acrylic on wood, 150 x 8 x 202 cm.

Archived: 05/03/2023
ALEXIS PESKINE AT:
Tiny Traces: African & Asian Children at London’s Foundling Hospital
Until 19 February, 2023
Alexis Peskine's large-scale mixed media portrait Passage (Iemanjá's Tears)? is displayed at the Foundling Hospital as part of their new exhibition, Tiny Traces.

The exhibition presents a rich history of London life from 1739-1820, with stories of more than a dozen children from the African and Asian diasporas. The works presented form a dialogue with the historical narratives of the hospital, enabling visitors to explore the many emotions arising from the archive and ask questions about the past, present and future.
Alexis Peskine, Passage (Iemanjá's Tears), 2017.
Oxidised silver leaf on nails, earth, coffee, water and acrylic on wood, 125 x 122 cm.

Archived: 19/02/2023
OCTOBER GALLERY'S
44th ANNIVERSARY
Tuesday, 14 February, 2023
October Gallery first opened its doors on 14th February 1979, in the heart of London. Founders from The Institute of Ecotechnics, including October Gallery Director Chili Hawes, sought to create a space for artists from around the world, a meeting place for thinkers, poets, actors and dancers.

‘It began as an ongoing experiment in the visual arts, creating an autonomous space in the centre of a world city that would act as a platform to display work from all around the world. In the last forty-four years of continuing expeditions around this extraordinary planet, October Gallery has encountered many friends and discovered a wealth of Transvangarde artists. Our search will always be for the startling beauty of the new, wherever we find it.’ — Chili Hawes.

We will celebrate our forty-fourth anniversary with a 20% discount on Dream No Small Dream, a comprehensive book about October Gallery’s history.


Archived: 14/02/2023
AUBREY WILLIAMS
at Museum Sztuki
Łódź, Poland
28 October, 2022 – 12 February, 2023
Museum Sztuki will open a major exhibition, Erna Rosenstein, Aubrey Williams. The earth will open its mouth, showing works by Williams (1926–1990) alongside Rosenstein (1913–2004), a Polish artist of Jewish origin born in Lviv. The works of Williams and Rosenstein are the starting point for reflection on art – challenging history and diasporic identity by finding expression in the language of abstraction and oneiric surrealism.
Aubrey Williams, Symphony No 4, opus 43 (Shostakovich), 1981. Oil on canvas, 164 x 266 cm.

Archived: 12/02/2023
Sokari Douglas Camp CBE in Conversation:
Presumption of the Possible!
Friday, 3rd February, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tickets: £5.00 - £7.00
Location: V&A South Kensington in the Hochhauser Auditorium Learning Centre
Join artist Sokari Douglas Camp CBE, in conversation with Africa Fashion lead curator Dr Christine Checinska, at V&A South Kensington. Learn the story behind the artist's monumental work, Europe Supported by Africa and America, which addresses the legacies of slavery and inequality, issues of power and gender, and the climate crisis. The large-scale steel sculpture is currently on display in the Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries and complements the Africa Fashion exhibition.

This conversation will also offer direct insights into Sokari Douglas Camp's process of ‘welding, cutting and bending steel’.

Jonkonnu Masquerade, a catalogue about the artist’s recent work and exhibition, will be available at the event.
Sokari Douglas Camp CBE, (L) Dr Christine Checinska (R)

Archived: 03/02/2023
ROMUALD HAZOUMÈ: CARNAVAL
Catalogue now available in our online store
28 page soft Cover
£10 (+ P&P)
Colour plates throughout and an interview text by Gerard Houghton


Archived: 01/01/2023
Eddy Kamuanga Illunga monograph, published by Rizzoli
Now available in our online store
£60 (plus postage and packaging)
We are pleased to present the first international monograph on Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga. Published by Rizzoli.

In his work, Kamuanga explores the seismic shifts in the economic, political and social identity of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which have been taking place since colonialism. Internationally recognised as one of the most interesting young contemporary African talents, Kamuanga’s work has been shown across Africa, Europe and the United States.

The monograph includes texts by Sammy Baloji, Sandrine Colard, Gerard Houghton and Gabriela Salgado, with a foreword by Gus Casely-Hayford.


Archived: 31/12/2022
LAILA SHAWA (1940-2022)
October Gallery has been saddened to learn that our dear friend, the artist Laila Shawa, has passed away. She was 82 years old.

Laila last visited October Gallery for a celebratory lunch in the courtyard, in July 2020. Although during the pandemic, the meeting was a belated celebration of her 80th birthday and to plan her next exhibition of new paintings, for February 2023. This will now become a retrospective survey of her life’s work.

Laila Shawa was born in 1940, in Gaza - then British Palestine - into a family with long ties to the region. She lived for many years in London and continued to work tirelessly for peace in the Middle East through the medium she knew best, her art.

The acclaimed Walls of Gaza series, beginning in 1992 and still being added to, was her best known work. This series of silkscreen prints made from photographs of messages of defiance daubed by an embattled people on the walls of Gaza City is currently being shown as part of the 58th Carnegie International exhibition Is it morning for you yet?

Laila Shawa’s work survives as a heart-rending testament to her unfulfilled desire for a lasting peace in her beloved homeland. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.


Archived: 31/12/2022
Photo: Heini Schneebeli
New James Barnor edition print released in our online store
AGIP with Graphic Designer, 1974.
Exclusive to October Gallery this new edition, true black and white giclée print on Hahnemühle Baryta FB, 350 gsm paper, Image size 22 x 22 cm. Edition of 100 (plus 10 APs), is now available to purchase.


Archived: 30/12/2022
Gallery Talk:
Govinda Sah in Conversation with Gerard Houghton
Saturday, 3rd December, 2022
15:00-16:30 £Free
Join Govinda Sah ‘Azad’ in discussion with Gerard Houghton, Director of Special Projects at October Gallery, on the occasion of his solo show in London, Absent Presence.

This artist’s talk will offer insights regarding the new series of paintings presented, the influence of different environments and Sah’s unique creative process. Born in 1974, in Rajbiraj, Nepal, Govinda Sah ‘Azad’, currently lives and works in Margate, UK.

Describing his ongoing journey, Sah states: ‘Originally, in Kathmandu, I worked in a realist mode, before gradually moving towards abstraction, in London, where clouds became a subject that allowed me to meditate upon the more spiritual aspects of Nature. Margate, being more open, means I often work outside, where the change in the colour of light is more profound. One immediate consequence is that although my colour palette becomes simpler, my paintings feel much brighter. It’s a challenge to capture these fleeting, almost transcendental effects, that are so difficult to hold onto, but that necessity forces my work to keep on developing, which delights any artist!’
Govinda Sah 'Azad, 2022.

Archived: 04/12/2022
Photo by Janie Airey.
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga
Limited Edition Prints
To accompany Eddy Kmuanga's Ghost of the Present exhibition we released a new set of limited edition giclée prints.

Explore our store for other prints, exhibition catalogues and books.
Image: Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Loss of Power 2, 2021.
Edition of 25, Giclée print, 42 x 46 cm.

Archived: 28/10/2022
Event:
Dave Neita - Uncovering Art:
Uplifting Society
Friday, 21st October, 2022
6.00 pm - 10.00 pm
Entry: £10 + booking fee
Join us for an evening with professor and poet Dave Neita who will perform his art play Uncovering Art : Uplifting Society. The story charts the journey of a street sweeper who discovers discarded objects, which he transforms into contemporary art for the purpose of uplifting people and promoting social justice.

This event will take place in October Gallery’s Theatre Room, with a bar providing refreshments.
Dave Neita

Archived: 22/10/2022
AKAA - Also Known as Africa (stand B6)
Le Carreau du Temple, Paris
21st – 23rd October, 2022
October Gallery will participate in the 2022 edition of AKAA Art Fair with a presentation spanning sculpture, works on paper, photographs and paintings by artists, Nnenna Okore, Alexis Peskine, Benji Reid, and Frantz Lamothe.
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Pose 2, 2022.
Acrylic on canvas, 149 x 149 cm.

Archived: 20/10/2022
1-54 CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN
Art Fair (Booth W1),
Somerset House, London
13th – 16th October, 2022

To celebrate 1-54’s tenth anniversary at Somerset House, October Gallery will exhibit new works by Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Alexis Peskine, LR Vandy, Zana Masombuka and recent sculptures by Sokari Douglas Camp CBE.

Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Pose 2, 2022.
Acrylic on canvas, 149 x 149 cm.

Archived: 16/10/2022
Gallery Talk:
Romuald Hazoumè in conversation with Gerard Houghton
Saturday, 15th October, 2022
15:00 - 16:30 £5
Internationally renowned artist Romuald Hazoumè will be in conversation with Gerard Houghton (October Gallery Director of Special Projects) on the occasion of his 5th solo show in London, Carnaval. In this new exhibition of much-anticipated work, Hazoumè returns to his signature masques bidons (repurposed masks), in which the artist keenly observes international concerns and the figures that populate the world’s political stage. This talk will offer insight from the artist himself, as Hazoumè unpacks the charged concept of his new works, his unique creative process, and his keen eye for detail coupled with his droll sense of humour.
Romuald Hazoumè

Archived: 15/10/2022
Photo: Jonathan Greet
Rachid Koraïchi shortlisted for Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2022
Le Jardin d'Afrique, Zarzis, Tunisia, by Rachid Koraïchi, has been shortlisted for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2022.

The artist, Rachid Koraïchi, began to design, co-ordinate and create Le Jardin d'Afrique, after purchasing a plot of land near Zarzis, in southern Tunisia, in 2018. The result, a memorial garden of great beauty, is an ecumenical cemetery that provides a sanctuary and dignified place of final repose for hundreds of unburied bodies found washed ashore along the Tunisian coastline. The unclaimed corpses of these men, women and children are the sad remains of individuals of all nationalities and faiths, who have drowned, by misadventure, while crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

The entire project is Rachid Koraïchi’s heartfelt response to news that these migrants’ bodies were being disposed of on a local refuse tip. Le Jardin d'Afrique is intended as a personal tribute to those countless individuals who have perished in searching for a better life elsewhere. Basing this mortuary monument on our shared notion of paradise as a garden of repose full of sweet-smelling flowers and the evocative sound of fresh water, this welcoming African garden exemplifies what one individual can do to alleviate the desperate distress caused by this intolerable situation.

Photographic representations of the twenty shortlisted entries are currently on display in an exhibition in King’s Cross, from the 2nd to the 30th of June, as part of the King’s Cross Outdoor Art Project, coinciding with the London Architecture Festival.

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture was established by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1977 to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of communities in which Muslims have a significant presence. The AKAA’s selection process emphasises architecture that not only provides for people’s physical, social, and economic needs, but that also stimulates and responds to their cultural objectives.


Archived: 09/10/2022
New School of the Anthropocene
As energy is poured into the return to a supposed “normality,” October Gallery is delighted to announce a radical departure in the form of a collaborative association with the New School of the Anthropocene. This is an ensemble of experienced academics from the higher educational world who, in the company of fellow artists and practitioners, wish to restore the intellectual adventure and creative risk that once characterised arts education in the UK.

Today’s university system appears unfit for purpose, yoked to punishing systems of debt finance and managerial bureaucracy, and falling miserably short in its responsibility to nurture future generations as mindful participants within the complex universe in which we are all embedded. In proposing a genuinely affordable interdisciplinary education, the New School of the Anthropocene at October Gallery will, from September 2022, open its doors to like-minded students of all kinds who consider experimentation across the critical-creative seam to be the prerequisite to personal resilience and cultural renewal.

Four decades after our revitalising renovation of the old school in Holborn, October Gallery will again transform to provide an appropriate environment for the New School to come. Come and join us!


Archived: 01/10/2022
Meet the Artist:
ALEXIS PESKINE
Saturday, 1st October, 2022
15:00 - 17:00 £Free
Join October Gallery for the final day of our exhibition In the Light, with a unique opportunity to meet artist Alexis Peskine.

Peskine will discuss his photographic works included in the exhibition, his recent artist residency in Cameroon, and his participation in the Congo Biennale 2022.


Archived: 01/10/2022
Alexis Peskine, Artist Residency with Galerie
Sokari Douglas Camp CBE:
Jonkonnu Masquerade Catalogue
Available Now.
£10 + P&P
The catalogue to accompany Sokari Douglas Camp's Jonkonnu Masquerade exhibition at October Gallery is now available. 32 page soft cover with an interview with Gerard Houghton.


Archived: 23/08/2022
Royal Academy of Arts
Summer Exhibition 2022
21 June 2022 – 21 August 2023
The Royal Academy presents the 254th Summer Exhibition, a unique celebration of contemporary art and architecture, providing a vital platform and support for the artistic community. Celebrated British sculptor Alison Wilding RA will co-ordinate this year’s Summer Exhibition, and working with the rest of the Summer Exhibition Committee, will explore the theme of climate. Works by El Anatsui and by Govinda Sah 'Azad' will be presented.
Govinda Sah 'Azad’ ,
Serenity, 2021.
Oil on canvas, 160 x 180 cm.

Archived: 21/08/2022
Kensington + Chelsea
Art Week and Art Trail
From Saturday, 18th June, 2022
Sokari Douglas Camp CBE's new sculptures are especially created for display at KCAW Art Trail, next to The Design Museum, where her work once stood as part of the Commonwealth Institute. The works can be viewed from the 18th June throughout the summer and during Kensington + Chelsea Art Week from 23rd June to 3rd July.
Sokari Douglas Camp ,
Yorkshire Tea Jonkonnu, 2021.
Mild steel, 295 x 124 cm.

Archived: 20/08/2022
New Publication:
El Anatsui: The Reinvention of Sculpture
by Okwui Enwezor and Chika Okeke-Agulu
Written by two acclaimed scholars, Okwui Enwezor and Chika Okeke-Agulu, 'El Anatsui: The Reinvention of Sculpture', is the product of more than three decades of research, a comprehensive, incisive and authoritative account of the work of El Anatsui, the world-renowned, Ghanaian-born sculptor.

Published by Damiani, this book shows why his early wood reliefs and terracottas, and the later monumental metal sculptures, exemplify an innovative, critical search for alternative models of art-making. 'El Anatsui: The Reinvention of Sculpture' places Anatsui’s work within a broader historical context, specifically the postcolonial modernism of mid-twentieth-century African artists and writers, the cultural ferment of post-independence Ghana, as well as within the intellectual environment of the 1970s Nsukka School. By recovering these histories, and subjecting his work to vigorous analysis, the authors show how and why El Anatsui became one of the most formidable sculptors of our time.


Archived: 26/07/2022
Food From Mar's
Serving Tuesday - Friday lunchtimes.
We are delighted to announce that the café at October Gallery has reopened.

Food From Mar's serves simple dishes made with seasonal ingredients, sustainably sourced where possible. It is homely food, cooked from the heart and served with warmth.


Archived: 19/06/2022
Gallery Talk:
Sokari Douglas Camp CBE
Saturday, 18th June, 2022
15:00 – 16:30 £5
October Gallery's Director of Special Projects Gerard Houghton will be in conversation with Sokari Douglas Camp CBE on the occasion of the artist's new solo exhibition Jonkonnu Masquerade.


Archived: 18/06/2022
Photo: Jonathan Greet
Book Launch:
Nomads: The Wanderers Who Shaped Our World
by Anthony Sattin
Anthony Sattin’s much anticipated book is now published, and an official launch will take place at October Gallery on 26th May. The inspiration for the gallery's current exhibition Nomadic Resonance, this is a ground-breaking story of nomadic peoples on the move across history, from one of the major influences on travel writing today.


Archived: 26/05/2022
External Exhibitions
October Gallery artists are included in a rich programme of external exhibitions and residences around the World.

Our current exhibiting artist Aubrey Williams is showing at Tate Britain in Life Between Islands Caribbean British Art 1950s – Now until 3rd April and at Barbican Centre, London in Postwar Modern New Art in Britain 1945 – 1965.

James Barnor's touring retrospective, organised by the Serpentine Galleries, London, is showing at MASI Lungano, Switzerland until 31st July. Barnor also has a solo exhibition Ever Young at Barakat Contemporary, Seoul, South Korea until 8th May.

Alexis Peskine has a residency at Fondation MAM in Cameroon which will culminate in an exhibition from 15th April - 15th June, 2022.
Image: Aubrey Williams, Rock and Shadow, 1963.
Oil on canvas, 90.5 x 80 cm

Archived: 17/05/2022
Book Launch:
El Anatsui. The Reinvention of Sculpture
with Chika Okeke-Agulu
Friday, 13th May, 2022
18:00 - 20:00
For London Gallery Weekend, October Gallery is pleased to announce the first public launch in the UK of El Anatsui. The Reinvention of Sculpture by Okwui Enwezor and Chika Okeke-Agulu on Friday, 13th May, 6-8 pm, with a presentation by co-author Chika Okeke-Agulu taking place at 7 pm. The launch celebrates the work of El Anatsui and coincides with the gallery’s exhibition Nomadic Resonance, that includes a new large-scale work by the artist. Chika Okeke-Agulu will be available to sign copies of the book after the presentation.

Written by two acclaimed scholars Okwui Enwezor and Chika Okeke-Agulu, El Anatsui. The Reinvention of Sculpture, is the most comprehensive, incisive and authoritative account yet on the work of El Anatsui, the world-renowned, Ghanaian-born sculptor.


Archived: 13/05/2022
Film Screening:
Mark of the Hand: Aubrey Williams
Dir. Imruh Bakari (52 min)
Saturday, 30th April, 2022
Two screenings at 14:30 and 16:00 £Free
To mark the closing of the exhibition Aubrey Williams: Sunphase - Works on Paper October Gallery will hold two screenings of Mark of the Hand

This remarkable film follows the artist , Aubrey Williams as he returns to his birthplace of Georgetown, Guyana’s capital city. After restoring one of his murals at Timehri International Airport, the artist travels on to Hosororo, in the depths of the rainforest, returning for the first time, in forty years, to visit the Warrau people who originally inspired him to follow his lifelong path as an artist. That once arduous days-long journey through deep forest by canoe and track has since become a forty-five minute hop by plane, and the film traces the course of that surprisingly emotional return.


Archived: 30/04/2022
Photo: Val Wilmer
Yoga & Art
Wednesday, 6th April, 2022
18:00-19:30 £11.37
Join yoga teacher and artist Laura Coates for an evening of meditation and movement in the October Gallery.

There will be a tour of the exhibition and some abstract drawing activities to get your creative juices flowing. We will then come together in the gallery to flow in a yoga sequence especially designed for the space and in relation to the Aubrey Williams: Sunphase exhibition.

Please bring your yoga mat and wear comfy exercise clothes!


Archived: 06/04/2022
Pamela Kember (1955 – 2021)
October Gallery is saddened to hear of the sudden passing of our dear friend, Pamela Kember, who was also one of the Gallery’s Trustees. A writer, curator and art historian, Pamela was an inspirational person, dedicated to arts and education.
Pamela Kember (1955 –2021)
At the opening of the exhibition, Present Moment at October Gallery, 2019.

Archived: 27/03/2022
Photo: Jonathan Greet, 2019.
Gallery Talk:
Aubrey Williams: His Life and Work
Saturday, 19th March, 2022
15:00 – 16:30 £Free
October Gallery Director Chili Hawes will be in conversation with Elisabeth Lalouschek (Artistic Director) and Gerard Houghton (Director of Special Projects) on the occasion of the new exhibition
Aubrey Williams: Sunphase - Works on Paper.


Archived: 19/03/2022
Aubrey Williams in his studio, 1961
Performance:
'Drifting': A Performance
by Yong Min Cho
Saturday, 5th March, 2022
18:00 – 18:40
£15
As part of Expanding Horizons, in honour of the late Pamela Kember, artist Yong Min Cho has choreographed a special piece exploring the concept of drifting to be performed at October Gallery.

Drifting builds on the project Drifting Dérive’, a series of installations, performances, and artworks curated by Pamela Kember at Asia House in 2014.


Archived: 05/03/2022
Photograph by Paul Hwang.
Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga wins
Charles Wollaston Award 2021
Congratulations to Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga whose work Wetereire – Waiting in the RA Summer Exhibition has won the prestigious Charles Wollaston Award.

Established in 1978 and presented to the ‘most distinguished work’ in the exhibition, it is one of the most significant art prizes awarded in the UK.

Gakunga’s sculpture is informed by her upbringing amongst the Kenyan Kikuyu people. Working primarily with metal and wire, her unique works are created by combining traditional techniques with contemporary processes, in a meditation upon the progression from past to present.


Archived: 28/02/2022
Photo: Jonathan Greet, 2013.
Benji Reid on BBC What’s New / Actu Jeunes
Yvette Twagiramariya interviewed Benji Reid for BBC What's New following the occasion of his first solo exhibition Laugh at Gravity, 2021.

The interview took place at 1-54 London, 2021, Somerset House.


Archived: 28/02/2022
Claudia Boulton (1949 – 2021)
October Gallery and all our friends have been shocked to hear of the sudden passing of our dear ‘Duchess’ Claudia Boulton. Late in October, Claudia suffered a heart attack and was hospitalised, under sedation, for observation. She died, peacefully, without ever coming round.
Claudia Boulton (1949 – 2021)

Archived: 31/01/2022
Photo: Jonathan Greet, 2012.
Jordan Ann Craig
Your Wildest Dreams Catalogue
Available Now.
£10 + P&P
The catalogue to accompany Jordan Ann Craig's Your Wildest Dreams exhibition at October Gallery is now available. 32 page soft cover with an interview with Natani Notah.


Archived: 29/01/2022
Jordan Ann Craig - Elephant’s Pick of November’s Essential Artists
Jordan Ann Craig's solo exhibition Your Wildest Dreams (2nd December 2021 - 29th January 2022) has been selected for Elephant's Pick of November’s Essential Artists.
Jordan Ann Craig holding Let's Do That Again, 2021
Acrylic on canvas, 114 x 114 cm.

Archived: 19/01/2022
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga
Ghost of the Present Catalogue
Available Now.
£10 + P&P
The catalogue to accompany Eddy Kamuanga's Ghost of the Present exhibition at October Gallery is now available. 32 page soft cover with an essay by Jean-Sylvain Tshilumba Mukendi & Sorana Munsya.


Archived: 13/12/2021
Gallery Talk: Jordan Ann Craig
4 December, 2021. 15:00-16:30
Artist Jordan Ann Craig will be in conversation with Dee Haughney, October Gallery curator, on 4th December 2021, on the occasion of her first solo exhibition at October Gallery, Your Wildest Dreams.

In her latest solo exhibition, Craig presents a newly completed series of reimaged hard-edge paintings, which are based on Cheyenne cultural design and autobiographical observation.


Archived: 05/12/2021
James Barnor receives Honorary Fellowship from The Royal Photographic Society
James Barnor is amongst the luminaries of the photography world being honoured for their innovation and outstanding contributions to the photographic medium. Now in its 142nd year, the RPS Awards consist of eighteen categories that cover art, science, education, film and publishing.


Archived: 04/12/2021
Photo: Jonathan Greet, 2016.
How El Anatsui Broke the Seal on Contemporary Art
(The New Yorker. 11 Jan 2021)
Read Julian Lucas' piece for the
New Yorker on El Anatsui

"His runaway success began with castaway junk: a bag of bottle caps along the road. Now the Ghanaian sculptor is redefining Africa’s place in the global art scene."

From the touring exhibition Triumphant Scale to Anatsui's studio in Nsukka, Lucas explores the artist's life, process and works in incredible depth


Archived: 04/12/2021
Photo: The New Yorker
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga named in Apollo Magazine 40 Under 40 Africa
The accolade celebrates artists, thinkers, business leaders and advocates who have pioneered arts from Africa and the Diaspora.

You can view Eddy's artist page here
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Mémoire Fragile 1, 2020.
Acrylic and oil on canvas, 200 x 200 cm

Archived: 01/12/2021
London and Accra over three decades – in pictures
(The Guardian, 11 March 2021)
James Barnor’s career as a studio portraitist, photojournalist and black lifestyle photographer spans six decades, recording major social and political changes in London, UK, and Accra, Ghana. His forthcoming Serpentine gallery exhibition, Accra/London: A Retrospective, focuses on the period 1950-1980, selected from more than 40,000 available images.
James Barnor: London/Accra – A Retrospective is at the Serpentine, London, from 19 May 2021
(subject to government guidelines)
James Barnor,
AGIP Calendar Model, 1974.

Archived: 16/11/2021
Gallery Talk:
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga
Saturday, 16th October, 2021.
11:00-12:30 £5
Artist Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga will be in conversation with Sorana Munsya and Jean-Sylvain Tshilumba Mukendi on the occasion of his new exhibition Ghost of the Present, open at October Gallery. This talk will be moderated by Gerard Houghton, Director of Special Projects at October Gallery
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga working in his studio in Kinshasa, 2021.

Archived: 17/10/2021
Photo: Ray Kamena
Two Old Masters:
Phillip King
October Gallery was saddened to hear of the passing, on July 29th, of Phillip King, at the age of 87. Mentored by Anthony Caro and, for a time, an assistant to Henry Moore, Phillip King was a remarkably innovative sculptor who became one of the leading lights of modern British sculpture during the 60s and 70s. While serving as Professor of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in the 80s, he was instrumental in introducing the young Sokari Douglas Camp, to the Gallery, where she held her first solo show in 1984. King went on to serve as a distinguished President of the Royal Academy of Arts from 1999 to 2004.

Born overseas himself and often travelling abroad to teach, King was a decided internationalist. He first visited October Gallery for the Gerald Wilde exhibition of 1980, and soon after became the inaugural ‘Lifelong Member’ of October Gallery. Phillip remained a great ally and supporter of the Gallery’s efforts to exhibit the work of artists from around the planet, expressing, in a letter of 2019, his admiration of the Gallery’s “commitment to celebrate little known artists from unfamiliar places - or one might even say whole continents.” He will be much missed by all.
Phillip King with Chili Hawes and Elisabeth Lalouschek

Archived: 12/09/2021
Two Old Masters:
LeRoy Clarke
Hard on the heels of these sad tidings came still more sad news, that the great Trinidadian artist, LeRoy Clarke, had died on July 27th, at the age of 82. LeRoy was an uniquely gifted man, respected as an influential figure throughout the Caribbean, both for his art and for his insightful and provocative poetry. While he agreed to contribute work for October Gallery’s 1992 exhibition, Trinidad and Tobago, he was unwilling to travel to London because of “not wishing to re-cross the Middle Passage.” Only after prolonged discussions with Ulric Cross, (then High Commissioner for Trinidad &Tobago in London, who later became a Gallery Trustee), was he eventually persuaded to accompany his paintings in person. His presence transformed the tenor of the show.
br> Five years later, in 1997, LeRoy had few qualms about accepting a second invitation, returning to participate in the 1997 Yoruba Diasporas exhibition. On that occasion, his stay coincided with a visit by John Allen, a co-Founder and Trustee of October Gallery. The two quickly became firm friends, talking, barefoot, late into the night, sharing poems, stories and memories of their adventures in New York and roving around the Caribbean. We count ourselves fortunate to have spent time with LeRoy Clarke, and fondly remember the mighty warmth of his presence.
LeRoy Clark speaking at the opening of Contemporary Painting from Trinidad and Tobago exhibition 1992.

Archived: 12/09/2021
October Gallery at
Photo London
Somerset House, London
9th - 12th September, 2021.
October Gallery will participate in the 2021 edition of Photo London. This will be the first time the Gallery is exhibiting at the major international photography fair. Works by James Barnor, Benji Reid, Alexis Peskine and Romuald Hazoumè will be shown by October Gallery.
Alexis Peskine Oxaláland 1 (detail), 2018.
Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle German Etching 310gsm paper on Dibond, 150 x 100 cm.

Archived: 12/09/2021
As 'mountains of corpses' wash up on Tunisian shores, artist Rachid Koraïchi builds burial site for migrants

Article by James Imam for the Art Newspaper on Rachid Koraïchi's Jardin d'Afrique
Jardin d’Afrique — the Algerian artist Rachid Koraichi’s lavish memorial and burial site for drowned migrants—was unveiled on Wednesday in a ceremony attended by Audrey Azoulay, the director-general of Unesco.

The project is partly intended as a rebuke of global authorities that Koraichi believes are indifferent to migrant deaths. It was inaugurated at a time when more than 800 have died crossing Mediterranean so far this year—compared with 350 a year ago—according to IOM, a Geneva-based UN agency...
Le Jardin d’Afrique, Zarzis, Tunisia.

Archived: 30/08/2021
Photograph: Rachid Koraïchi.
RACHID KORAÏCHI
Inauguration of Le Jardin d’Afrique
Zarzis, Tunisia
9th June 2021
Le Jardin d’Afrique (The Garden of Africa) is a significant new project by Rachid Koraïchi. The artist has created a memorial resting place in Southern Tunisia for the many migrants drowned while crossing the Mediterranean in search of a better life.

Koraïchi describes Le Jardin d’Afrique as 'a walled garden, where geometrically laid out tombs are shaded by trees and scented herbs. The walkways dividing the rows of tombs are ornamented with tiles covered with talismanic glyphs, hearts and other auspicious signs. The garden is also populated by the figures of ‘those who pray’, representing family and friends in far-off lands as well as patrons, supporters and visitors who come to pay their respects.'

Le Jardin d’Afrique will be inaugurated on 9th June 2021 with a visit by UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.
Le Jardin d’Afrique, Zarzis, Tunisia.

Archived: 15/07/2021
Photograph: Rachid Koraïchi.
ART FAIRS & EXTERNAL EXHIBITIONS
October Gallery and our artists have an exciting programme of external exhibitions and art fairs over the coming months. Including a major retrospective of James Barnor at the Serpentine.

Rachid Koraïchi features in Contemporary Ceramic Art from the Middle East at the Victoria & Albert Museum and along side Golnaz Fathi in Reflections: contemporary art of the Middle East and North Africa at the British Museum. Works by Laila Shawa are part of the exhibition Inside/Out at CAP Kuwait and LR Vandy's sculpture from the series Superhero Cog Woman will feature at Kensington Chelsea Art Week in late June.
Rachid Koraïchi, From the series: Les Sept Stations Célestes (II), 2018. Soft paste porcelain, blue and white oxide, 50 x 47 x 47 cm.

Archived: 30/06/2021
Sokari Douglas Camp
'All the World is Now Richer'
Sokari Douglas Camp was recently interviewed by Jon Snow, on Channel 4 News, about her monumental work ‘All the World is Now Richer’, a memorial sculpture made to commemorate the abolition of slavery. This major piece consists of a line of life-sized figures representing the successive stages in the saga of slavery, while underlining the fact that people of slave heritage are brave, and possess both strength and dignity. Behind each individual figure extends a ‘shadow’ containing a phrase describing that specific stage, the whole building together to form one powerful statement. A permanent public placement is presently being sought for this timely and important piece.
Sokari Douglas Camp, All the World is Now Richer, 2012. Steel, 216 x 560 x 118 cm.

Archived: 01/05/2021
In Studio with
LR Vandy
LR Vandy in conversation with Chris Spring.
Moderated by Dee Haughney, 2021.


Archived: 28/04/2021
Dream No Small Dream:
The Story of October Gallery
October Gallery celebrated 40 years of artistic endeavour with a labour of love - producing a 304-page book surveying the art, events, people and ideas that have driven the Gallery’s development since it first opened its doors, in 1979. Weaving together essays, archival material and a wealth of colour plates, Dream No Small Dream gives a fascinating overview of the interconnecting forces that transformed the Gallery from a start-up project in central London to an acknowledged player on the global stage of the contemporary art world.


Archived: 14/03/2021
Benji Reid announced as cover artist for Trebuchet Eight
October Gallery is pleased to announce that Benji Reid has been chosen as the cover artist for Trebuchet, the articulate and stylish Art publication. Featuring an in-depth interview with Reid, the Eighth issue of the magazine explores the subject of Contemporary Surrealism.
Benji Reid, I had a dream, 2018.

Archived: 01/03/2021



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