1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, 15-18 October 2015

29 September 2015 By
Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, 'Waiting for Nothing', 2015, Coloured Pencil, Ink, Photo Transfers and Metallic Pigment, 76 x 111 cm. Courtesy of 1:54 and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery.
Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, 'Waiting for Nothing', 2015, Coloured Pencil, Ink, Photo Transfers and Metallic Pigment, 76 x 111 cm. Courtesy of 1:54 and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery.

Europe’s leading art fair dedicated to Contemporary African Art will return to London for its third edition, 15-18 October 2015.

A reference to fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, the title of 1:54 establishes the parameters of the fair’s ethos: as a platform that strives to represent multiplicity and showcase the diversity of contemporary African art and cultural production on an international stage.

Initiated by Touria El Glaoui in 2013, this October marks its third edition at Somerset House, having returned from a successful New York debut earlier this year.

The third London edition is designed by award-winning architectural and design studio RA Projects, led by architect Rashid Ali. It is 1:54’s biggest showcase yet with 37 exhibitors in total presenting over 150 African and African diasporan artists across the East, South and West Wings of Somerset House.

Exhibitors for London 2015 hail from a multitude of geographies including South Africa, Morocco, Angola, Tunisia, Benin, Kenya, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden, the UK, and the USA.

1:54 is accompanied by an educational and artistic programme curated by Koyo Kouoh and includes lectures, film screenings and panel debates featuring leading international curators, artists and art experts.

Get 1/3 off your ticket price with the Contemporary Art Society; please email RSVP@contemporaryartsociety.org to include your name on the 1:54 concessions list