About1:54 is the first ever international fair dedicated to modern and contemporary African art. Taking its name from the 54 countries on the continent, 1:54 showcases the highest quality African art, bringing together galleries, curators, artists, art centres and museums both from Africa and working with Africa-related projects to promote art by established and emerging talent to an international audience.
Taking place during 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.
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. 1:54 takes place annually at Somerset House.