Now open
Until Sun 08 Oct 2017

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

05 – 08 Oct 2017
Thu-Sat 11.00-19.00, Sun 11.00-18.00
Advance tickets £15.00 / £10.00 + fees
South, East & West Wings

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair returns for its fifth edition at Somerset House with an expanded programme of exhibitions, special projects and talks.

The 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair takes place at Somerset House each October, showcasing more than 150 contemporary artists from Africa and the African diaspora. It’s an opportunity to enjoy contemporary African art in mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation, with a cross-section of works from across the continent.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair 2016

Over the past four years 1:54 has established itself as a leading voice in the global discussion on contemporary African art, and this year spotlights 41 leading galleries specialising in contemporary African art from 18 countries across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North America. Special Projects will accompany the edition, providing a platform for nonprofit cultural organisations to realise project-based presentations.

Highlights of the fair

Founding Director Touria El Glaoui shares her highlights of the 5th edition of the fair.


This year 1:54 will again be accompanied by FORUM, the fair’s extensive talks and events programme, featuring lectures, film screenings and panel discussions with international curators, artists and art professionals. FORUM is curated by Koyo Kouoh, Artistic Director of RAW Material Company, Dakar.

1:54 Forum