<h2>IN THE LIGHT<br>
8 September - 1 October 2022
</h2><h2>IN THE LIGHT<br>
8 September - 1 October 2022
</h2><h2>IN THE LIGHT<br>
8 September - 1 October 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
 

October Gallery is closed for a short summer break and will reopen to the public on Tuesday, 6th September, 2022.


For all enquiries, please contact gallery@octobergallery.co.uk or call 0207 2427367
The next exhibition is called In the Light and will open 8th September.




FORTHCOMING EXHIBITION

8 September - 1 October 2022
Alexis PeskineOxaláland 1, 2018.
Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle German Etching 310gsm paper on Dibond, 150 x 100 cm. Edition of 5 .
Jamea Barnor, Model with Tank and Driver, 1974.
Digital Fibre Print, 70 x 70 cm.
Edition of 10 plus 1 artist’s proof.
October Gallery presents In the Light, an exhibition featuring the artists James Barnor, Benji Reid, Alexis Peskine and Zana Masombuka.

Between its invention - almost 200 years ago - and the post-modern present, artists have adopted the unique medium of photography in an astonishing variety of ways and to very different ends. From the 1960s onwards, photography within the African Diaspora has been adapted as a medium to construct and contextualise post-colonial narratives; as a tool to condition socio-political change; and as a means of exploring and expressing the intrinsic complexities of identity itself. In the Light examines the inherent qualities of this ever-changing medium by focussing in on several contemporary artists who, by connecting photography to a pan-African aesthetic, are reimagining the medium while extending its reach into new and surprising areas.
 

 

NEWS, EVENTS & RECOMMENDATIONS


Join the October Gallery Team
Experienced Registrar Vacancy
(30-35K)
We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic, and highly motivated person for this exciting role. Demonstrable experience with hands-on logistics co-ordination is a must, including liaising with artists, (high net worth) clients and related project urgency, and suppliers.
Chef Manager Opportunity
Bloomsbury art gallery showing Contemporary Art seeks talented Chef Manager for lunchtime restaurant Tuesday through Friday for the period September 2022 to end July 2023. The Chef will run the restaurant as his/her own business and will pay a nominal rent. S/he will be responsible for lunches for the general public and refreshments for clients who hire space. The Chef may also handle catering outside the restaurant hours for events at the Gallery. It’s a fantastic opportunity to start your own business.
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.
Sokari Douglas Camp CBE:
Jonkonnu Masquerade Catalogue
Available Now.
£10 + P&P
The catalogue to accompany Sokari Douglas Camp's Jonkonnu Masquerade exhibition at October Gallery is now available. 32 page soft cover with an interview with Gerard Houghton.
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!

 

VISTING OCTOBER GALLERY

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.