I can’t imagine what a world without art would be like. Drab? Abysmal? Dead? A dark void? The great thing about being back in the UK is that I have more than enough time to explore London’s art scene – and there’s so much to choose from. Last week, my sister and I were invited by a friend to visit October Gallery in Central London to view Nigerian artist, Sokari Douglas Camp’s exhibition.
The gallery is located down a quiet, residential street, which really did surprise me. I think it’s clear that it was my first time there! Inspired by Botticelli’s Primavera, Ms Douglas Camp sculptures are crafted from steel and blended elements of the famous painting with what my sister and I could see were references of the artist’s Nigerian culture. We knew this because our mother is half Nigerian, and grew up in the same area of the country as the artist. We had the opportunity to meet Miss Douglas Camp and compliment her on her work. Her exhibit runs until May 14th, 2016 and entrance is free.
In addition to Sokari Douglas Camp’s exhibition, you will find works of art by other artists, including El Anatsui and Owusu-Ankomah, both of whom are Ghanaian, an outside courtyard and dining room that serves lunch between 12pm and 1pm. The dishes are freshly prepared, taste homemade and cost £7. The gallery is also accessible for wheelchair users.