24 Old Gloucester Street
020 7242 7367
020 7405 1851
Art Gallery showing contemporary Art from Africa, Asia, Australia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East
Cafe - serving cuisine from around the world
Open air courtyard, library, theatre, concert hall to hire.
Closed: Mondays and Sundays
Past exhibtions have included work by Gerald Wilde, William S Burroughs, Aubrey Williams, Kenji Yoshida, Ablade Glover, El Anatsui and Laila Shawa.
Key artists and exhibits
- 1. Australian Aboriginal artist Rosella Namok until 23rd October
- 2. 25 year celebrations from November 5th- January 31st. Centred around a spectacular visual arts exhibition, Intelligence Now! will also include poetry readings, live dance performances and children’s workshops.
- Many of the works featured have been specially commissioned for the event.
Kenji Yoshida: Infinite Light
- 1 April — 10 May 2015 *on now
Infinite Light focuses primarily on Yoshida’s later paintings in which gold leaf and other metallic overlays are applied to contrasting fields of bright colour and black ground, creating moving compositions that express the artist’s oft-repeated statement, that ‘Life brightens when peace happens.’ In this magnificent, elliptical language of coloured forms surrounded by silver and gold leaf, Yoshida invites the viewer to consider the fundamental forces of life, and meditate upon that essential unity that binds us all together and dwells in the heart of humanity. For Yoshida, Light represented the ineffable quality of Life that showered down on earth from the infinite depths of space. It was our duty, he believed, to nurture that life-giving force, by reflecting it endlessly amongst ourselves, so that it travelled onwards forever.
- Family friendly
Wang Huangsheng: Unbroken Lines
- 13 May — 20 June 2015
October Gallery is delighted to present the first solo show in London of Wang Huangsheng (b.1956, China). As one of the most influential figures in the art world of China, Wang’s work can be found in many international collections, including the V & A, London, Uffizi Gallery, Florence and the National Art Museum of China, Beijing. From light installations to sculpture, Wang Huangsheng works across a variety of media, but primarily uses the traditional medium of Chinese ink on paper. At a time when ink painting is enjoying renewed global attention – as evidenced by recent exhibitions at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art – the distinctive character of Wang Huangsheng’s work cuts a unique and resolutely individual path.
Here, in his Moving Visions Series, working primarily with a single unbroken line, Wang Huangsheng breaks beyond the fixed conventions of traditional brushstroke painting, returning in a radical manner to an ‘uncivilised’ world preceding language.
- Family friendly
Participate - Global Citizenship through Art & Design
The aim of PARTICIPATE is to provide teachers with the resources to effectively teach Global Citizenship through art and design. Run as a partnership project by the October Gallery and Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC), PARTICIPATE offers teachers an exciting opportunity to widen their knowledge and understanding of contemporary arts from the majority world.
- Liz Fraser-Betts, Education Coordinator, October Gallery
- Shehnoor Ahmed, Arts Coordinator, RISC