<h2>SOKARI DOUGLAS CAMP CBE:<br>
JONKONNU MASQUERADE<br>16 June – 23 July 2022</h2>
<h2>SOKARI DOUGLAS CAMP CBE:<br>
JONKONNU MASQUERADE<br>16 June – 23 July 2022</h2>
<h2>ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS<br>
OG EDUCATION EXHIBITION<br>27 July – 30 July 2022</h2>
<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.<h2>EDDY KAMUANGA ILUNGA<br>EDITION PRINTS</h2>Now Available From Our Store
 

CURRENT EXHIBITION

16 June - 23 July 2022
Sokari Douglas CampSugar Cane John Canoe, 2021.
Mild steel acrylic paint, 155 x 33 x 26 cm.
Sokari Douglas Camp, Ruffle Jonkonnu, 2022.
Mild steel and acrylic paint, 264 x 124 cm.
October Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new works by Sokari Douglas Camp CBE that explore the masquerade of ‘Jonkonnu’ both within its Caribbean context and that of the broader African diaspora. This exhibition will coincide with her large-scale steel sculpture Europe Supported by Africa and America being displayed at the V&A to complement the Africa Fashion exhibition, which opens on the 2nd July, 2022. Two more of her larger than life-sized steel sculptures, again relating to the Jamaican Jonkonnu masquerade, will also form part of the Kensington and Chelsea Art Week, from the 23rd June - 3rd July, 2022.

These sculptures are a heady mix of outlandish characters who trace the overlapping links between still-surviving African masquerades, Caribbean carnival traditions and their most recent incarnation on the streets of London, during the colourfully costumed parades of the Notting Hill Carnival. In these exhilarating new works, Sokari Douglas Camp pays homage to the indomitable ‘carnival spirit’ still surviving despite all adversity, as her steel sculptures playfully combine different elements from the interrelated worlds of imaginative masquerades, festival processions and carnival parades. In so doing, they affirm the powerful contribution of the African and Caribbean cultures to the multicultural mix that energises the city of London today.
 

FORTHCOMING EXHIBITION

ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS
OG Education Exhibition

27 June - 30 July 2022
October Gallery is delighted to announce its annual Education Exhibition, Rock, Paper, Scissors. Co-curated with the OG Youth Collective, this show will feature a range of artworks which share an exploration of play. The exhibition will open on Wednesday 27th July 12.30 pm with an evening event at 6 pm with speeches by OG Youth Collective members taking place at 7 pm.

The theme of the presentation connects to activity games that are both inclusive and accessible. Rock Paper Scissors, encapsulates this approach, as it can be played anywhere, anytime. Using this well-known game as a starting point, contributing artists and groups expanded the concept to explore various materials. The exhibition will display the work of October Gallery Education over the past year, including new works from the OG Youth Collective, collaborative works by schools and community groups led by artist-educators, and artworks by the artist-educators themselves.

October Gallery Education connects community groups to a plurality of ideas and approaches to making art. The artworks in this year's Education Exhibition reflect the rich diversity of materials used by the international contemporary artists on show at October Gallery, such as cascading paper sculptures, striking figurative paintings and applied signs and glyphs to ceramic and paper forms. Rock, Paper, Scissors, highlights the unlimited scope of human artistic responses to the world around us when creative play is set in motion.

Rock, Paper, Scissors culminates with a special Family Art Day in the Gallery on Saturday 30th July 2022 from 10 am until 3 pm, which will give children and adults of ALL AGES the chance to do some hands-on art making with artist-educators, and OG Youth collective as well as explore the gallery, courtyard and add their own artwork contributions to various collaborative installations.
 

 

NEWS, EVENTS & RECOMMENDATIONS


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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.

 

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Bloomsbury, London

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 www.octobergalleryeducation.com

October Gallery is open from 12:30 to 17:30 pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
The Gallery is closed during official holidays and the entire month of August.