Somerset House, London, United Kingdom 14 Oct 2021 - 17 Oct 2021
1-54 is looking forward to welcoming you to London for our ninth and largest edition yet. Work from 48, leading international galleries from 19 countries across Europe, Africa and North America will be presented: Angola, Belgium, Brazil, Ivory Coast, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Among the exhibitors this year are 20 galleries from Africa, a record number of galleries from the continent, and of the 48 exhibitors, 13 galleries will be welcomed to the London fair for the first time. The work of more than 150 emerging and established artists will be showcased, working in a wide variety of mediums and from a range of geographical backgrounds.
The fair will be accompanied by 1-54 Forum, an extensive programme of artist talks, panels, screenings, performances and readings that will be curated by Dr. Omar Kholeif, Director of Collections and Senior Curator at Sharjah Art Foundation, and will take place both online and at Somerset House. Entitled Continental Drift, 1-54 Forum will gather artists and audiences; mediators and narrators, to collectively delve into themes of legacy, philanthropy, and digitality. Exploring this interstitial moment in history, 1-54 Forum explores the concept of the drift as a moment for gradual reflection.
Additionally, as part of the programme of 1-54 Special Projects, the fair will once again be partnering with Christie’s to present an exhibition at the Duke Street space curated by art historian and art critic Christine Eyene.
1-54 Online Powered by Christie’s will also return, providing a virtual experience where visitors will encounter additional works displayed by participating galleries as well as highlights from the fair itself. The partnership with 1-54 demonstrates Christie’s commitment to showcasing contemporary African art to their global client base, in addition to partnering with this important fair to enhance exposure to an even greater extent internationally.
From Thursday 14 – Sunday 31 October 2021, works from 1-54 will be available to purchase and view on Artsy for an extended period of time following the close of the official show.
1-54 is implementing, in collaboration with Somerset House and compliance with all national regulations, strict sanitary measures to ensure everyone’s health and safety, including a one-way circuit through the fair, time-slot ticketing, hand sanitiser, cleaning measures, hands free systems and limited capacity control at all times. Full details of the safety measures and visitor experience will be released in September.
Keep an eye on 1-54’s official Instagram page over the summer months to discover the artists and exhibitors featured at the upcoming edition of the fair. We look forward to seeing you in October!
1-54 London 2021 Exhibitors: 31 PROJECT (Paris, France), 50 Golborne (London, United Kingdom), Addis Fine Art (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), AFIKARIS (Paris, France), Afriart Gallery (Kampala, Uganda), Berman Contemporary (Johannesburg, South Africa), Beardsmore Gallery (London, United Kingdom), Bubble’n’Squeak (Brussels, Belgium), Circle Art Gallery (Nairobi, Kenya), Claire Oliver Gallery (New York, USA), DADA Gallery (Lagos, Nigeria), EBONY/CURATED (Cape Town, South Africa), Ed Cross Fine Art (London, United Kingdom), Fridman Gallery (New York, USA), Galerie Atiss Dakar (Dakar, Senegal), Galerie Carole Kvasnevski (Paris, France), Galerie Dominique Fiat (Paris, France), Galerie Eric Dupont (Paris, France), Galerie Le Sud (Zurich, Switzerland), Galerie Number 8 (Brussels, Belgium), Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana/London, UK), Guns & Rain (Johannesburg, South Africa), HOA Galeria (São Paulo, Brazil), Jack Bell Gallery (London, United Kingdom), Kalashnikovv Gallery (Johannesburg, South Africa), Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery (London, United Kingdom/Berlin, Germany/Nevlunghavn, Norway), La Galerie 38 (Casablanca, Morocco), Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco), LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery (Abidjan, Ivory Coast), Luce Gallery (Turin, Italy), Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art (Cairo, Egypt), Montague Contemporary (New York, USA), Nil Gallery (Paris, France), Nuweland (Oosterzee, The Netherlands), OOA Gallery (Barcelona, Spain), October Gallery (London, United Kingdom), Retro Africa (Abuja, Nigeria), Richard Saltoun Gallery (London, United Kingdom), Sakhile&Me (Frankfurt, Germany), Sulger-Buel Gallery (London, United Kingdom), SMO Contemporary Art (Lagos, Nigeria), THIS IS NOT A WHITE CUBE (Luanda, Angola /Lisbon, Portugal), THK Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa), UBUNTU Art Gallery (Cairo, Egypt), Vigo Gallery (London, United Kingdom), Wilde (Geneva, Basel, Zurich, Switzerland), Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix (London, United Kingdom)
VIP & Press previews
Thursday 14 and Friday 15 October
1-54 Public days
Saturday 16 October
Sunday 17 October