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.
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.
- Not suitable for children
El Anatsui: Selected Works
- 12 February — 28 March 2015
October Gallery presents a selection of works in metal by celebrated artist El Anatsui.
El Anatsui’s sculptural experiments with media and form have challenged the definition of sculpture itself. In particular, his metal wall-hangings have received international acclaim. Throughout a distinguished forty-year career as both an artist and teacher, El Anatsui has addressed a wide range of social, political and historical concerns and embraced an equally diverse range of media and processes.
The exhibition focuses on a range of intricate metal sculptures. October Gallery has worked with El Anatsui since 1993, during which time, his work has received worldwide recognition. These magnificent sculptures have been collected by major international museums, including the British Museum, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, amongst others. Over the last two decades, the works have increased in size, enhancing the external walls of museums and galleries around the world.
- 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