September has been busy and with October looming, there are ridiculous amounts of art related events going on. This post is just to give you information on some of what’s happening here in London from exhibitions to art fairs for your benefit. There are current and forthcoming exhibitions and some fairs I definitely will be in attendance.
1. Aubrey Williams – October Gallery.
Late Guyanese-British artist, Aubrey Williams, was a painter known for his large oil-on-canvas paintings. He is popularly known for his Shostakovich symphony series, named after the Russian classical musician who Williams’ drew inspiration from. One of the paintings in the series went on to be acquired permanently by The Tate. Currently, October Gallery is showcasing some never seen works from Williams in honour of the life lived and this exhibition will be on show till the 27th of October. October Gallery is open from 12.30pm to 5.30pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays and is free entry for all.
2. 1-54 Art Fair – Somerset House.
1-54 is an exciting 3-day art fair showcasing contemporary African art from the continent and the diaspora. I attended last year and it was simply mindblowing. I had a 3-day pass and I don’t think I managed to see it all; it is that vast. This year there will be 43 Galleries, including October Gallery mentioned at the top, and there shall be over 130 artists work presented. An exciting feat for this year is that it has been curated by Ekow Eshun who was the artistic director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts and is a writer and journalist. 1-54 is running from October 4th to the 7th and tickets range from £15 to £20 and are still available here. I implore every one of you invested in African Art and in London to get a ticket for at least one day and witness magnificence.
3. Black British Female Artists – TAFETA.
From the 29th of September until the 19th of October, TAFETA is collaborating with Black British Female Artists, founded in 2015, exhibiting works from four exciting artists whose works seek to explore, reflect and examine Diaspora stories. These artists are Adelaide Damoah, Ayesha Feisal, Carleen de Sozer, and Enam Gbewonyo. TAFETA is located at 47-50 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8SB. Closest tube station: Oxford Circus.
4. The Other Art Fair – Victoria House.
The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art is happening from the 4th – 7th of October at London Bloomsbury’s Victoria House. This fair will host over 140 artists from different countries with a variety of mediums. Tickets can be bought here and are exceptionally affordable from £10 to £20 for a private viewing. Friday to Sunday tickets can also be bought on the door.
5. Boris Nzebo – Jack Bell Gallery.
Gabonese artist, Nzebo is back at Jack Bell again this October from the 1st to the 19th. The private viewing shall be held on the 2nd of October from 6-8pm; there’s typically alcohol flowing and good conversations rising. I last wrote of Nzebo’s previous exhibition ‘Noir Desir‘ back in 2017 where he sought to address social and political inequality in his hometown in Cameroon so I’m really looking forward to his new body of work coming. Jack Bell Gallery is open Tuesdays – Friday 11am to 6pm and on Saturdays 12pm to 4pm.
6. Frieze Masters – Regents Park.
Frieze Masters brings together, into one space, 130 galleries that specialise in different areas from Asian art, Ethnographic art to photography and sculptures. Frieze Masters is located at Regents Park and is on from the 4th of October to the 7th. Tickets are currently on sale and available here and if you feel like treating yourself, go ahead and get the private view tickets. I must say, the prices, in general, are quite steep even with discounts for students but given the mass of artworks, it’ll be worth it.
Note: 1-54 Logo Image not my own. Credits to Pioneer Works and the creator of the logo.