1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair

An annual wonderland of contemporary African art hangs on the walls of Somerset House every October. If you’re an art lover or are in search of a culturally enriching weekend, then your attendance at 1-54’s 10th anniversary is a must! As the world’s first and only international art fair committed to displaying contemporary African art, […]
by ALERO HELENA Oct 11, 2022

An annual wonderland of contemporary African art hangs on the walls of Somerset House every October. If you’re an art lover or are in search of a culturally enriching weekend, then your attendance at 1-54’s 10th anniversary is a must!

As the world’s first and only international art fair committed to displaying contemporary African art, the fair draws its name from the 54 (now 55 according to the African Union) countries in Africa. Every year the fair dissects into 3 international editions; London, New York & Marrakech, with an additional pop-up fair in Paris. This year’s London edition will feature 50 international exhibitors and over 130 artists with diverse art mediums such as sculptural work, mixed media and paintings. Many of the artists include young emerging African talent in the visual art world. Here’s our ‘who to watch out for’ list of 12 artists whose work convey striking imagery and strong storytelling. 

Who to watch out for at 1-54:

  1. Adegboyega Adesina
  1. Athenkosi Kwinana
  1. Atong Atem
  1. Cow Mash
  1. Cristiano Mangovo
  1. Katlego Tlabela
  1. Option Nyahunzvi
  1. Pedro Neves
  1. Prince Gyasi
  1. Yasmeen Abdullah
  1. Sola Olulode
  1. Richard Atugonza

Expect to be engrossed and transported into the visual narratives displayed throughout the various gallery booths within Somerset Houses’ two-story fair display over the 4 days. The Press & VIP day commences on 13th October 2022 and public open hours take place 14-16th October 2022. For more information about the fair visit 1-54.com.

Discover more from GUAP’s Arts & Culture section here