The best galleries, markets and store spaces to source authentic African and Caribbean art in the city.
Tribal Gathering London is effectively one of the few, well established specialist galleries selling African tribal art in London. Founder Bryan Reeves has travelled extensively across Africa for the past twenty years, aiming to provide authentic pieces, such as jewellery, figures, masks and furniture, with a particular focus on the East African Great Lakes region. The store is relocating in January 2010, so visit now to grab last minute bargains on quality pieces.
No 1 Westbourne Grove Mews W11 2RU
020 7221 6650
Notting Hill Gate tube
While you’re in Notting Hill Gate, have a wander down to Portobello Road Market, where there are African art stalls dotted around, offering a good quality antique piece or two.
Portobello Road, W11 1LU
Notting Hill Gate tube
Guruve promotes the cream of contemporary African art and is committed to ethical business, collaborating with local artists in Zimbabwe to sponsor children’s workshops. The company has a particular emphasis on the Shona Art movement (stone sculpture) from Zimbabwe as well as works from The Gambia and Uganda. The website showcases garden sculpture as well as paintings and prints, such as artist Njogu Toray’s kenyeleng series (inspired by a women’s group in The Gambia).
To request a private viewing, visit www.guruve.com
Over at Camden Market, you can stumble upon African art sellers at the Stables Market. Among the specialist stalls are ‘African Heritage Shop’, which offers work originating from the Eastern African region, including authentic handmade batiks (made from delicate banana fibre) from Kenya. Also, there are Ugandan masks at The Bush Hut (stall 425 in the Lower Stables), while African Artifacts provides statues and masks sourced from Cameroon and other West African regions.
Chalk Farm Road NW1
Chalk Farm tube
The gallery space of Art-Arc Collective has a specialist focus on supporting contemporary and modern visual art from Africa as well as the diaspora. A wide range of paintings and other works are on sale, including a special collection for under £500. Among the artists showcasing include leading Nigerian artists Yinka Adeyemi and Osahenye Kainebi.
11 Hale Wharf, N17 9NF
Tottenham Hale tube
Pempamsie is a collective of four companies in one venue, offering African inspired art work, reflecting both styles from the continent as well as the Caribbean. Paintings and prints from Senegal and The Gambia are on offer at the boutique store in Brixton, alongside contemporary African clothing, jewellery, books and home furnishings.
102 Brixton Hill, SW2
0208 671 0800
Owen Hargreaves Gallery
Owen Hargreaves Gallery offers more tribal art pieces, which can be viewed at the showroom based in Old Street as well as the Saturday market in Portobello Road (stall 16). Pieces include interior design objects like an Ashanti Tribe stool from Ghana, a weathered ladder from Mali or a rare rustic chair from Ethiopia. Items can be bough online or you can book an appointment to visit the 3000sq ft gallery in Hoxton.
9 Corsham St N1 6DP
Old Street tube
020 7253 2669
Alexandra Galleries aims to offer art of the African diaspora at affordable prices. Established for over 15 years, the company works closely with artists to offer a variety of visual works. Alongside posters, greeting cards and prints, the online gallery offers originals from artists like Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy MBE as well as Ghanaians’ Jerry Blankson and Benjamin Oppong-Danquah.
020 8249 5807