October Gallery, London, will celebrate its 35th anniversary this April, with an exhibition of work from some of the most outstanding artists from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Oceania, Europe and the Americas.

The first gallery in the United Kingdom to exhibit contemporary art from all around the world, October Gallery opened its doors thirty-five years ago declaring, 'Artists from Around the Planet: Intelligence, Intuition and Action'. Led by Director, Chili Hawes and Artistic Director, Elisabeth Lalouschek, the gallery has since played a pioneering role in the promotion and exhibition of some of the most innovative and exciting artists of our time, including; Aubrey Williams, Gerald Wilde, Kenji Yoshida, Brion Gysin, William S. Burroughs, El Anatsui, Rachid Koraïchi, Romuald Hazoumè and Laila Shawa.

In 1979, coining the word, Transvangarde, the gallery aimed to explore the capacity of art to transcend boundaries and to exhibit the work of artists who were implementing new creative strategies across the globe. Chili Hawes, Director and Co-founder of October Gallery comments:

“The gallery became a stage in the centre of London where an experimental piece of new drama was enacted and constantly developing, where artists and audiences alike participated in what Brion Gysin called, ‘third mind’.“

The exhibition, 35 Years of Transvangarde contemporary art from around the planet, will celebrate the most exceptional artists in the gallery’s history - artists who although separated by continents, share a common sensibility.

October Gallery
Old Gloucester Street, Bloomsbury
London WC1N 3AL United Kingdom
Ph. +44 (0)20 72427367

Opening hours
Tuesday – Saturday
From 12.30pm to 5.30pm

Related images

  1. Gerald Wilde, Spaceman, c. 1975, Ink and pastel on paper, 79 x 79 cm, image courtesy October Gallery London
  2. Tian Wei, Red, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 130 x 220 cm, Photo Yang Wei, image courtesy October Gallery London
  3. Laila Shawa, Where Souls Dwell V, 35 x 87 x 14cm, 2013, Steel, wood, Swarovski crystals, rhinestones and feathers. Photo Jonathan Greet,  image courtesy October Gallery London
  4. Ira Cohen, Alien Intelligence, Photographic Print, 50 x 33 cm, image courtesy October Gallery London, estate of Ira Cohen
  5. Romuald Hazoumè, Ma Poule 2013 Plastic & Metal, 46 x 42 x 12 cm, Photo the artist, image courtesy October Gallery London
  6. WS.Burroughs, Venus Rising like a Kansas Ca, 1990, Sunflower Spray paint and photocopy on Cadillac paper, 58.4 x 44 cm, image courtesy October Gallery London