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The second edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair will take place in London from 16 to 19 October 2014 (preview day: 15 October).

1:54 is a platform for galleries, artists, curators, art centres and museums involved in African and Africa related projects and aims to promote art by established and emerging talents amongst an international audience.

1:54 is initiated by market developer Touria El Glaoui under the auspice of Art Africa Ltd. Designed by Rashid-Ali / RA Projects, 1:54 will be held at Somerset House, a historic building and major cultural arts centre in the heart of London.

1:54 will be accompanied by an educational and artistic programme curated by Koyo Kouoh and will include lectures, film screenings and panel debates featuring leading international curators, artists and art experts.

1:54 is a high quality event which will showcase a limited number of 27 carefully selected galleries.


The fair will be open to the public from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 October, 2014, from 10am to 6pm daily. The preview day is Wednesday 15 October (invitation only).


Admission Types Onsite:
Day: £15.00
Day (concession): £7.00
Four Day: £30.00
Four Day (concession): £20.00
Combined: £25.00


Combined ticket: Includes day entry, a copy of the 1:54 Catalogue and a 2014 edition tote bag, to be collected on entry.

Concession: Reduced admission is available for 13-18 years and full-time students with a valid NUS/ISIC card on entry.

Children: Admission is free of charge for children of 12 years and under. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Tours: Our tours are an excellent introduction to the exhibitors’ galleries and a convenient way to see a tailored view of the fair in a short visit. Public tours are designed for individuals and groups (10 people or less) and are available Wednesday – Sunday, 15.00 and 17.00 daily.

To book a tour or receive further information please contact: [email protected]. Early booking is recommended.

Uber Car Service: Download the Uber app for iPhone or Android to receive £20 off your first ride to/or from 1:54. Then enter the promo code 154ARTFAIR to active your special discount for convenient and fast travel (valid until 20/10/14).

Location: Somerset House is located on the Strand, within easy walking distance of several underground and rail stations.

The nearest underground stations are:
Temple, Covent Garden, Charing Cross and Embankment.

The nearest mainline rail stations are:
Charing Cross, Waterloo and Blackfriars.

Buses servicing the Strand include numbers 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 77a, 91 and 176. The River Bus Service can be taken to Embankment and Savoy piers.

Pedestrian access to Somerset House is from Victoria Embankment, Waterloo Bridge (via a new footbridge link) or from the Strand.

Somerset House Strand London WC2R 1LA United Kingdom