October Gallery

October Gallery
24 Old Gloucester Street
Greater London






020 7242 7367


020 7405 1851

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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.

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Opening hours

Tue-Sat 1230-1730

Closed: Mondays and Sundays

Admission charges


Past exhibtions have included work by Gerald Wilde, William S Burroughs, Aubrey Williams, Kenji Yoshida, Ablade Glover, El Anatsui and Laila Shawa.

Collection details

Fine Art

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.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
photograph of sculptural piece by Liliane Lijn

William S. Burroughs: Can You All Hear Me?

  • 4 December 2014 — 7 February 2015 *on now

As the final event celebrating the centenary of William S. Burroughs’s birth, October Gallery, London, presents an exhibition of his art, including rarely-displayed pieces.

The exhibition highlights artists who have been profoundly influenced by Burroughs’ life, including Brion Gysin, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Liliane Lijn, Shezad Dawood and Cerith Wyn Evans.

Throughout all Burroughs work - art, novels, essays, film and sound experiments - Burroughs wove a passionate message: deconstruct control systems and think for yourself. His art is a personal exploration of intelligence.

Artists working in all genres have heard his message, and references to Burroughs’ works are now deeply embedded in our culture, from painting to film to advertising to literature to journalism to music.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
photograph of author Tony White

Talk: Minutes to go and Years Apart - Readings and Conversation with Liliane Lijn and Tony White

  • 17 January 2015 3-4:30pm

Liliane Lijn met William S. Burroughs at the now legendary Beat Hotel when they were each exhibiting in Paris in the early 1960s, while author Tony White encountered Burroughs’ work as a teenage art student in the early 1980s.

These encounters are still being traced and articulated in each of their works. Join the artist and author for discussion and a spoken word/sound performance.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


Admission £7/£5 conc.



Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

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