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1:54 London 2018


Friday 5th October


11:30 am to 1.00 pm

At Somerset House, in Covent Garden

Price Member (please login) Free

Price non-Member : 50£



Friday 5th of October 2018

11:30 am to 1:00 pm



Somerset House


London WC2R 1LA



The name 1:54 references the 54 countries that make up the African continent. When Moroccan founder Touria El Glaoui launched the first 1:54 in London in 2013 it was the first fair of its kind to take place in Europe. Today, with annual editions in London, New York and Marrakech, 1:54 is the leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. 1:54 strives to promote a diverse set of African perspectives from around the world, and in 2018 carefully selected leading galleries specialising in contemporary African art from various countries across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North America.

By taking place during Frieze Week, 1:54 builds on the burgeoning popularity of contemporary African art. It presents a rare opportunity to explore the emerging market and acquire works, in an environment supported by some of the most influential people and organisations in the world.

There will be over 50 exhibitors at Somerset House, who will exhibit a cross-section of works including photography, sculpture and painting.



Born and raised in Morocco, Touria El Glaoui holds an MBA in Strategic Management and International Business from Pace University, New York. She began her career in the banking industry as a wealth management consultant before moving to London in 2001 where she undertook various business development positions in the Telecom/IT industry. She has spent over five years working between London, various African countries and the Middle East in a business development capacity. She is a member of the Executive Committee of The Friends of Leighton House, London and a trustee of the Marrakech Biennial.

Touria El Glaoui is the daughter of one of the most revered living Moroccan artists, Hassan El Glaoui. Parallel to her career, she has organised and co- curated significant exhibitions of her father’s work including a major retrospective in Casablanca and Meetings in Marrakech, a joint exhibition with Winston Churchill’s paintings hosted at Leighton House in London and most recently, La Mamounia in Marrakech, as part of the 2014 Marrakech Biennale.

In October 2013, she founded 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Held at Somerset House in London, it marked the first fair of its kind to take place in Europe.

Photo credit: Courtesy 1-54 © Katrina Sorrentino