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October Gallery

4 October 2013

Naomi Wanjiku, Folklorico, 2010, Stainless steel wire and fabric 91 x 261 x 66 inches.
Naomi Wanjiku, Folklorico, 2010, Stainless steel wire and fabric 91 x 261 x 66 inches. - Photo: Jonathan Greet. Image Courtesy the artist.

October Gallery, in central London, was founded in 1979 and was the first gallery in the UK to present contemporary art from all around the world.

Currently in its 34th year, October Gallery has supported some of the most innovative artists of our time, exhibiting artists from the Middle East, Oceania, Asia and Africa. The gallery is particularly known for its representation of contemporary art from Africa and has been instrumental in bringing to international attention many of Africa’s leading artists of today, including El Anatsui, and Romuald Hazoumè.

October Gallery presents six to eight exhibitions per year and collaborates with numerous institutions and museums on loans, exhibitions and catalogues. This year, for the Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy of Arts displayed a magnificent work by El Anatsui on the façade of Burlington House.

An elegant three-storey Victorian building in Bloomsbury houses the gallery, a café, theatre and garden-courtyard. October Gallery maintains a cultural hub in central London, hosting talks, performances for poets, writers, artists and intellectuals. The current exhibition displays striking steel wire and sheet metal works by Kenyan artist, Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga. In November, October Gallery will show new works on canvas by Nepalese artist, Govinda Sah ‘Azad’ and will continue to exhibit contemporary art from Asia in 2014.

Don't forget that Own Art is available at the gallery where work is for sale and you'll also find them at 1:54 fair opening to the public tomorrow at Somerset House, London.


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