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Founded in 1979, October Gallery, in central London, exhibits innovative, contemporary art from around the world. For over 38 years, October Gallery has pioneered the development of the Transvangarde - the trans-cultural avant-garde.

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About Us

October Gallery has been instrumental in bringing to worldwide attention many of the world’s leading international artists, including El Anatsui, Rachid Koraïchi, Romuald Hazoumè, Nnenna Okore, Laila Shawa and Kenji Yoshida. The Gallery promotes the Transvangarde, the very best in contemporary art from around the planet, as well as maintaining a cultural hub in central London for poets, writers, intellectuals and artists, and hosts talks, performances and seminars, see www.octobergallery.co.uk/events

The rich diversity of art presented is an inspiration to collectors and enthusiasts. Institutions such as the British Museum, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany; Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany; Setagagya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan have all collected works from October Gallery.

Founded in 1979, October Gallery is a charitable trust which is supported by sales of art, rental of the Gallery's unique facilities, grants from various funding bodies and the active support of dedicated artists, musicians, writers and many friends from around the world.  The Gallery’s Education Department is inclusive of all ages from under 5’s to PGCE student and delivers a wide range of provision, see http://octobergalleryed.wix.com/octgalleryeducation

The Team

Chili Hawes, FRGS, is one of the Founders of October Gallery and Director since its opening in1979. A native of the Rocky Mountains, she obtained a BA in French Literature from Colorado College, followed by a year at the Sorbonne and post-graduate work in Linguistics at Claremont Graduate School and has taught at all levels of the educational system both in the USA and Australia. A founder and director of Institute of Ecotechnics www.ecotechnics.edu, she has managed various ecological projects in the high desert of New Mexico, the Outback of Australia and the south of France. She has travelled widely including major research trips for the October Gallery to India, Melanesia, Peru, Southern Africa and Fiji.

Elisabeth Lalouschek, Artistic Director & Art Sales was born in Vienna and holds an MA in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art. She joined October Gallery in 1987 and has been instrumental in creating a solid foundation for the idea of the Transvangarde, the transcultural avant-garde.  Lalouschek has furthered the careers of a range of outstanding artists. She has organised and curated the majority of exhibitions at October Gallery, as well as collaborating on numerous projects nationally and internationally, most notably those promoting contemporary African art.

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Gerard Houghton, Director of Special Projects, October Gallery, was born in England.  After graduating from Churchill College, Cambridge, he travelled extensively throughout West Africa working as an interpreter for a researcher into African History, before taking his linguistic skills to the Far East. Arriving in Japan, he served as an Educational Advisor to the Kyoto Prefectural Government and taught Literature and Linguistics at several prestigious Japanese colleges, Nara Women’s University and Kyoto University amongst them. He is a graduate of the Urasenke School of Tea and a Licentiate of the Kameoka School of the Japanese Traditional Performing Arts. He has maintained a keen interest in oriental culture since returning to the UK after fifteen years in Japan. For the last ten years he has been working to document and archive ancient dance traditions in the Himalayas, using his skills as videographer (the films are archived in the New York Public Library and are touring museums worldwide). He has been with October Gallery since 1994, and is currently a free-lance writer, translator with interests in a wide range of subjects both artistic and scientific.

Dee Haughney, Assistant Curator, was born in Ireland. She achieved a BA (Hons) Photography from Dublin Institute of Technology before going on to gain an MA in Curatorial Practice from Falmouth University. She has curated exhibitions in off-site locations throughout Ireland and the UK working with the Cultural Olympiad, Kilkenny Arts Festival, PhotoIreland and Culture 24. She has led many arts-based projects through her role within the collectives, Guerilla Exhibition and UNTITLED. She worked with Newlyn Art Gallery and The Photographers’ Gallery before joining the team at October Gallery in 2012.

Alana Pryce Tojcic, Head of Press and Media, was born in Wales. After graduating, she entered the advertising industry in Soho, London and has eighteen years experience within the Creative Industries. Employed by SKY and the BBC as a copywriter and promotions producer, she has implemented channel launches; identity re-brands; promoted programmes on Sky Arts; blockbuster movies and popular drama, across all media platforms. She joined October Gallery in 2009, after working as an independent PR consultant for London art galleries. Alana studied art and design for four years, obtaining a BA in Audio Visual Graphic Design and holds a Diploma in PR and Marketing.

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photo: Jonathan Greet Fraser Brough, Sales Associate and Press Officer, worked in numerous areas of the art world, including at Robilant + Voena, Richard Nagy Gallery, Vigo Gallery, House of the Nobleman and Christie’s before joining October Gallery in 2014. He has also worked at The Spectator and at i-D magazine. He holds a first class degree in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and has particular interest in Asian art of the 20th century.

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Oliver Place, Registrar, studied sculpture at Wimbledon College of Art before working for both contemporary art galleries and fine art shipping companies.

Oliver joined October gallery in 2016, bringing with him a passion for art combined with a considerable knowledge of shipping, fine art and handling of artwork.

Brian Pistolesi, Technician & Building Maintenance, was born in Rome, Italy but grew up mostly in New York State. He moved to London in 2004 to embark on a course in guitar making at London Metropolitan University. Upon completing the course he worked for five years as a guitar repairer/restorer in London’s Denmark Street before finding his way to October Gallery in May 2013.

Georgie Fay, Education Manager, comes from an art history background and completed an MA in Museum and Gallery Education at the Institute of Education in London in 2011. She has worked as a freelance arts facilitator in various education settings and continues to develop her own interest and projects by using art as a means to access a broader education.


The October Gallery

October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AL Tel: + 44 (0)20 7242 7367