Robi Walters x Worldwide FM x 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Robi Walters,   Banana Boat  , cardboard banana boxes, acrylic, wood, glue, plywood, 183cm x 100cm

Robi Walters, Banana Boat, cardboard banana boxes, acrylic, wood, glue, plywood, 183cm x 100cm

  • Worldwide FM to broadcast live from Wed - Fri (10am – 6pm)

  • Guests include Owiny Sigoma Band, Shabaka Hutchings, Rikki Stein

    (Fela Kuti’s manager), Joshua Idehen and Matsuli Records

  • Robi Walters to exhibit his own work and new book

    Join artist Robi Walters and Worldwide FM for a three-day collaborative art/music/radio/education special project at 1:54 African Contemporary Art Fair at Somerset House October 5-9, 2016.

    Recently launched in September 2016, Gilles Peterson's global music and
    culture radio platform will broadcast on location October 5-7 and feature DJs and musicians from the African diaspora, artist interviews and discussion during the first three days of
    1:54 which have become a major event during the Frieze
    London calendar. Guests include Fela Kuti’s manager (Rikki Stein), Shabaka Hutchings, spoken word poet Joshua Idehen, Matt Temple from Matsuli Records, the Gal Dem collective, Owiny Sigoma Band and Mogadisco.

    Work by Robi Walters will be featured in the broadcast room and he will be presenting his 365: Every Day Counts book on Sunday October 9 from 3-4pm. He will also be conducting school tours through the fair on Thursday October 7. 

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About 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

October 5-9, 2016 Somerset House Strand
London, WC2R 1LA

A reference to the fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, the title of 1:54 establishes the parameters of the fair's ethos: as a platform that strives to represent multiplicity and showcase the diversity of contemporary African art and culture production on an international stage.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair returns to London for its fourth edition, from 6-9th of October 2016. With a roster of special projects including the first major UK solo show of Malian photographer Malike Sidibe.

With biannual editions in London and New York, 1:54 is a sustainable and dynamic platform that is engaged in contemporary dialogue and exchange. Initiated by Touria El Glaoui in 2013, October 2016 will mark its fourth consecutive edition at Somerset House, having returned from its second New York edition in May 2016.

1:54 London 2016 will showcase about 40 exhibitors, presenting over 130 African and African diasporan artists across the East, South and West Wings of Somerset House. 1:54 London

2016 will be accompanied by an educational and artistic programme, FORUM, curated by Koyo Kouoh and will include lectures, film screenings and panel discussions
with international curators, artists and art professionals.

About Robi Walters

Robi Walters is leading the new wave of British creative talent. He was selected by The Daily Telegraph and Lexus as one of the most exciting creative talents working in Britain today and, by public vote, won the Arts and Culture category after being shortlisted in the Creating the Amazing initiative. Robi is represented in London and New York with work selling widely in the US and Europe to captains of industry and BAFTA winning talent. Drawing inspiration from his daily meditation practice, his large-scale collage pieces take the form of the thousand-petalled lotus. Each piece is named after a song title (usually something he was listening to in the studio while creating the work). Music features heavily in his work and he has produced a series of highly collectable collages from smashed vinyl from his coveted record collection. His fans and collectors include include Sir Paul McCartney, U2, Mary J Blige and Thandie Newton.

Find him on Instagram @robiwalters

About Worldwide FM

Launched on the 5th of September, Worldwide FM is a new, global music radio platform broadcasting live from London, with branches reaching across the world. A new addition to Gilles Peterson’s taste-making Worldwide brand, Worldwide FM will be co-hosted by Gilles and Thris Tian, working together to curate a daily programme of esteemed friends and family. Worldwide FM’s ambition is to become THE globally minded, online destination for discovering music.

File-hosting platform WeTransfer will help power the new station, whose mission statement is the same as the one running through all of Gilles’ other endeavours, as label-head, DJ and radio presenter: to explore and tie together the shape-shifting diversity of global music.

With this global outlook in mind, secondary broadcast studios will soon follow in Los Angeles and mainland Europe, alongside a new London HQ. Regular DJs and guest appearances, live sessions, interviews, features and discussions will all combine to reflect the platform’s eclectic ethos, building on the test broadcast earlier this year that included appearances from Pharoahe Monch, Louie Vega, Saul Williams, Abdullah Ibrahim, Paul Bradshaw. 




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