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Opening Hours:

The October Gallery is open from 12:30 to 17:30 from Tuesday to Saturday.

The Gallery is closed on Sundays and Mondays, during official holidays and for the entire month of August. During these times please contact the Gallery well in advance to make special arrangements to view an exhibition or works in the Gallery's collection.

Please note: the Gallery Cafe is open 12:30 - 14:00, Tuesdays to Fridays.

Founded in 1978, the October Gallery is an art gallery dedicated to the appreciation of art from all cultures around the world. The Gallery exhibits and promotes art of the transvangarde - or trans-cultural avant-garde - that is to say, the work of artists who, whilst working at the forefront of their own respective cultures, assimilate into their work elements from other cultures as well. During the past twenty-one years, the Gallery has shown the work of such transvangarde artists as: Gerald Wilde, El Anatsui, William S. Burroughs, Emmanuel Taiwo Jegede, Kenji Yoshida, Aubrey Williams, Ablade Glover and Sokari Douglas Camp amongst many others. As well as exhibitions by individual artists, the Gallery also mounts group exhibitions that concentrate on the art produced in one particular area or culturally continuous region. Amongst these regional exhibitions have been shows devoted to the art and culture of : Tibet (1991), Trinidad & Tobago (1992), Mongolia (1993), the Horn of Africa (1994) Haiti (1995) South Africa (1996) the Yoruba Diasporas (1997) Oceania (1998) and Peru (1999). Future exhibitions will comprise a series of shows highlighting the contemporary art coming from shamanistic societies around the world.

The Gallery is situated in Bloomsbury, just a short walk from the British Museum and the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) with which it maintains close contacts and frequently liaises in the production of exhibitions. The Gallery is within easy walking distance of both the Holborn and Russell Square tube stations. A major part of the October Gallery's work is to do with public education at all levels, and to this end the Gallery maintains an active and flourishing Education Department.

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