October: a guide to exhibitions and events happening around London this autumn

, 17 October 2017

There are a number of exciting events and shows happening around London in October, as well as outside including Florence Peake and Tai Shani’s joint exhibition Andromedan Sad Girl at Cambridge’s Wysing Arts Centre which is running October 8 to November 19, with a performance on November 4, as well as the Joey Holder‘s solo exhibition Designing Desire at Liverpool’s FACT running October 12 to November 5. 

John Akomfrah Purple (2017) Film still. Courtesy the artist, Barbican + Lisson Gallery, London.

For condensing purposes, we have stuck to a focus on London. For more recommendations, see our Frieze fringe recommendations list which has a large number of shows and events still carrying on past the aftermath of the art fair.


Marianna Keating presents solo exhibition Landlessness at RCA  – Oct 4 – Nov 17

John Akomfrah presents Purple at Barbican – Oct 6 – Jan 7

Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings present We Lost Them At Midnight at Arcadia Missa – Sep – Nov 11

Marie Jacotey presents Morning Defeats at Hannah Barry Gallery – Sep 14 – Nov 4 

Yuri Pattison presents context, collapse at Mother’s Tankstation in their temporary space at Morley House – Oct 5 – Dec 2

Zach Blas presents Contra Internet at Gasworks – Sep 21 – Dec 10

Terre Thaemlitz presents Interstices at Auto Italia – Oct 3 – Dec 3 

Seth Price’s circa 1981, a survey exhibition at ICA – Oct 4 – Jan 7 

A Gesture Towards Transformation group exhibition featuring Aimar Arriola, Nicole Bachmann, Omer Fast, Pedro G. Romero, Paul Mahekeand Amalia Pica at Tenderpixel – Oct 3 – Nov 25

The Aesthetics of Dishonesty group project in five parts at Diaspore – Oct 7 – Nov 2

Sydney Shen presents Four Thieves Vinegar at Springsteen – Oct 21 – Nov 25 

Marianne Keating, Landlessness (2017) Video still. Courtesy the artist + RCA, London.


Inna – an opera written and directed by Dean Blunt, with music by Mica Levi at ICA – Oct 27

Ø: Lee Gamble, Micachu & TTB to perform at Corsica Studios – Oct 18

Anne Wagner presents ‘Breast, Baby and the Viewer’s Desire‘ at LUX – Oct 18

Elysia Crampton presents a Two Day Residency with Donna Huanca at Café OTO – Oct 26 + 27