A photo of an installation in Somerset House's courtyard at last year's 1-54 Fair.
08 – 10 Oct 2020

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair

08 – 10 Oct 2020
Standard £25.00, Conc £10.00, Under 12s free
10.00 - 20.00
East & West Wings

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading art fair dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora, returns to London for its eighth edition, 08 – 10 October 2020.

Tickets are on sale now for the public day on Saturday, with two hour time slots available to book all day, between 10.00 - 20.00. As we welcome you back, our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff - please read the essential visitor information here.

Over the past seven years 1-54 has established itself as a leading voice in the global discussion on contemporary African art. This year’s fair will see 37 international galleries from 17 countries, representing a selection of the best contemporary African artists. All exhibitors will showcase work at 1-54 Online Powered by Christie’s, with 29 exhibitors here at Somerset House.

1-54 2018, image © Brittany Buongiorno.jpg

1-54 2018, image © Brittany Buongiorno
1-54 2018, image © Brittany Buongiorno

The fair will showcase the work of more than 110 emerging and established artists from Africa and its diaspora, working in a wide variety of mediums and from a range of geographical backgrounds. 
The fair is accompanied by 1-54 Forum, an extensive talks programme with international artists, curators, art historians and cultural producers. This year, 1-54 Forum is curated by Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba (Contemporary And (C&) and Contemporary And América Latina (C&AL), entitled I felt like a Black guy from New York trapped in Peru.

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair 2019