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Founded in 1979, October Gallery, in central London, exhibits innovative, contemporary art from around the world. For over 40 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.

Art Sales and Exhibitions:
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, Curator, Dee Haughney,  Curator, was born in Ireland. She studied Photography at DIT, Curatorial Practice at Falmouth University and Asian Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art.  She worked with the Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall and The Photographers’ Gallery, London before joining the team at October Gallery in 2012. In 2018, she undertook a research trip, cycling the length of Africa from Cairo to Cape Town. She works closely with the Artistic Director on all projects, with a particular interest in contemporary art from Africa.

Oliver Place, Gallery Manager, studied sculpture at Wimbledon College of Art and worked for contemporary art galleries and fine art shipping companies before joining October Gallery in 2016, bringing with him a passion for contemporary art combined with a considerable knowledge of shipping logistics. As Gallery Manager Oliver works closely with the Artistic Director on exhibitions and art fairs.

Ellen Grace, Assistant Curator, has a BA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, where she specialised in Mughal miniature painting.

Previously she held roles at Sotheby’s, Philips, the British Museum, London School of Economics Library and the Wallace Collection amongst others. 

She joined October Gallery in 2016 and is responsible for overseeing external exhibitions, artist liaisons and the logistics of internal shows.

Paige Ashley, Media & Public Relations Manager, read English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University and has a background in auctions and antiques. Her career history includes working with the press team at The Clothes Show Live and at London's Bank advertising agency for client's such as Coutts, Diesel and Peroni. Paige launched and lead the UK and US press and media operations for the art search service Barnebys for over four years before joining October as Media & Public Relations Manager in 2018.

Georgie Fay, Head of Education, comes from an art history background and completed an MA in Museum and Gallery Education at the UCL, Institute of Education in London. She programmes and delivers the extensive October Gallery Education department for schools, young people, adults and families and uses the Gallery exhibitions from around the world to create an innovative and broad education practice. She also has her own printmaking and art practice which supports her participatory education work.

Becky Snow has a background in Fine Art and is a postgraduate of Goldsmiths, University of London in Participatory and Community Arts. She works alongside the Head of Education for two days a week helping to deliver an innovative and accessible education provision for families, schools, young people and adults through workshops, classes and training events. She also works as a freelance Artist Educator in various education settings around London.

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.


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