1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London

Hat tip: Shaheera Asante-De Waele

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16–20 October 2013
Somerset House
WC2R1LA London
United Kingdom
Daily 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.15)
West Wing Galleries, West Wing

£12, concessions (students & under 10s) £5 + booking fees
Week Ticket £25 + booking fees

Book tickets from this link.

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Taking its name from the 54 countries on the continent, 1:54 will showcase the highest quality African art, bringing together a host of leading organisations from the African art scene around the world with more than 15 carefully selected galleries representing over 70 artists to create the most significant cross sectional insight into art from the continent ever seen.
Coinciding with Frieze Week, the new fair builds on the burgeoning popularity of contemporary African art and presents a rare opportunity to explore the rapidly emerging African art market and acquire works in an environment supported by some of the most influential people and organisations in the art world. From painting to sculpture and photography the fair presents visual African art in its many forms giving collectors, art enthusiasts and culture seekers the chance to be the first to experience and engage with African art on this level.

The fair will be designed by RIBA award-winning architect David Adjaye and will feature works of art by rapidly emerging and established artists such as; Meschac Gaba, whose work has recently been bought by the Tate; Venice Biennale Golden-Lion-winner Edson Chagas; Aboudia, whose work has been bought by the Saatchi Gallery; Sammy Baloji whose work has been exhibited at the Tate or Sokari Douglas Camp who is attracting a lot of attention in the international art market.

Through an extensive programme of conversations, talks, panels and keynote speeches with some of the art world’s key thinkers 1:54 also promotes discussions and understanding of contemporary African art focussing on topics including markets & economies, collections, artistic practice, criticism and Africa as an inspirational ground.

Full listing can be found from this link. Click here to download the events programme.

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Candace Allen discusses her novel Valaida on BBC Radio

From BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour

Valaida Snow was a black jazz song and dance performer in the 1920s and 30s, who famously also played solo trumpet in a man’s world. She toured around the world until she fell foul of the German occupying force in Denmark.

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Now Candace Allen has painstakingly pieced together Valaida’s life and dramatised it into a novel, Valaida. Candace joins Jenni to tell her why Valaida’s story appealed to her and how the racism that she encountered in her life is still prevalent today.

2 years later but here it is. Thandie Newton: Embracing otherness, embracing myself

From TEDGlobal 2011 in Scotland

Actor Thandie Newton tells the story of finding her “otherness” — first, as a child growing up in two distinct cultures, and then as an actor playing with many different selves.

Visit Thandie’s new website.

Fighting for diversity in the modeling industry.

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