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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.

El Anatsui receives the Praemium Imperiale Award for Sculpture

MAN’S CLOTH, 2001.
Aluminium and copper, 297 x 374 cm.
Collection of the British Museum.

Rachid Koraïchi &
Ferrante Ferranti:
INVISIBLE MASTERS


Edited by Gerard Houghton. Essays by Chris Dercon and Ferrante Ferranti with an interview by Gerard Houghton

Pub: Actes Sud & October Gallery, 2016. 210 page hard cover, colour plates throughout.

Available from our bookstore


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Current Exhibition

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Snoflakes DNA (Clouds), 2008.
C-print mounted on Plexiglas, 77 x 97cm, AP2.
Courtesy of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Invisible Exports
TRANSVANGARDE
1 February - 3 March 2018

October Gallery presents Transvangarde, an exhibition of contemporary art by outstanding artists including: Tian Wei, Golnaz Fathi, Laila Shawa, Alexis Peskine, Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, El Anatsui, Romuald Hazoumè, Govinda Sah ‘Azad’, Genesis P-Orridge, Sylvie Franquet, Sokari Douglas Camp CBE, James Barnor, Daniele Tamagni, Brion Gysin and Kenji Yoshida.


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Forthcoming Exhibition

Pablo Amaringo, Machin-Runa Extraterrestrials, 1999.
Acylic on paper, 61 x 45 cm.
P O R T A L
8 March - 5 May 2018

An intriguing new exhibition of works by Greg Dunn,
Rafael Trelles, Rithika Merchant, Pablo Amaringo, Chewang Dorje Lama and Ralo Mayer. Recent findings in systems neuroscience seem to imply that the human brain itself creates – in a kind of controlled hallucination – the ‘reality’ within which it thinks it exists.  Using the twin prisms of art and science, Portal presents a gateway through which to examine how trances, visions and dreams manifest in human consciousness, becoming the raw material that both artists and scientists interpret.  Each exhibiting artist offers an invitation to re-open Blake’s ‘doors of perception’ and contemplate the infinite potential offered by the creativity of the human mind. 


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Most Recent Exhibitions

Hassan Massoudy
‘Men build too many walls
and not enough bridges’
Joseph Fort Newton (1876-1950)
, 2016.
Water-based pigments on paper, 65 x 50 cm.
Hassan Massoudy
‘Towards another land, a country where only light reigns’
Rumi 13thC
, 2011.
Water-based pigments on paper, 95 x 75 cm.
HASSAN MASSOUDY:
Breath, Gesture and Light
7 December 2017 - 27 January 2018
October Gallery presents a new solo exhibition by master artist-calligrapher, Hassan Massoudy. This will be his second solo exhibition at the gallery.
Hassan Massoudy is an artist for whom the word itself remains the most sublime creative force.  His work features the texts of a diverse range of writers, from poet, Charles Baudelaire and philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Virgil and Ibn ‘Arabi.  A sense of balance prevails in his work, whether between erudite discipline and artistic experimentation, or as played out through his understanding of the vigorous use of line, strength of gesture, abandon and grace.

Hassan Massoudy was born in 1944 in Najaf, southern Iraq in a traditional Iraqi society.  He moved to Baghdad in 1961, where he learnt the various classical styles of calligraphy, and studied graphic design and fine arts. His desire to study art, coinciding with the political events in Iraq at the time, saw him depart for Paris in 1969, where he enrolled at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Massoudy was not only influenced by the great Arabic masters but also by the artists Léger, Matisse, Soulages and Picasso.  After receiving his degree in 1975, he returned to calligraphy, employing classical styles in a newer and freer manner. From 1972, he toured Europe for thirteen years with his ‘Arabesque’ performance combining music, poetry and calligraphy.


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Nnenna Okore, On the Long Run, 2017.
Burlap, dye and wire.
Nnenna Okore: Ukwa Ruo Oge Ya O Daa– There’s a time for everything
26 October - 2 December, 2017
For her third solo exhibition at October Gallery, Okore explores the ephemerality of the natural world. Deeply disturbed by the effect humanity is having on its environment, the artist creates intricate and richly-textured sculptural interventions through repetitive, labour-intensive processes which reflect the processes of nature, and which speak of regeneration and renewal through the effort of human hands.


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