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  • Coming soon to Queens Park- Homeworks

    Urbanknit will be at Homeworks, a Christmas bazaar in December. We’ll be sharing more information closer to the time. Stay tuned.

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  • 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London, 2016

    1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair has announced the galleries exhibiting in the fourth edition of the London fair, taking place in Somerset House from 6 – 9 October. 1:54 will showcase carefully selected and diverse presentations by 40 of the world’s leading galleries specialising in contemporary African art.

    The 2016 edition of the fair will feature 40 galleries from 18 countries: Côte d’Ivoire; Denmark; Egypt; Ethiopia; France; Germany; Ghana; Italy; Kenya; Morocco; Nigeria; Portugal; South Africa; Spain; Tunisia; United Kingdom; United States and Zimbabwe.

    17 galleries will exhibit at the London fair for the first time in 2016: 50 Golborn; Addis Fine Art; AGorgi Contemporary Art Gallery; Barnard Gallery; Caroline Pagès Gallery; Galeria 111; Circle Art Gallery; Eric Hussenot Gallery; Gallery 1957; Gallery of African Art (GAFRA); Jenkins Johnson Gallery; L’Atelier 21; Officine dell’Immagine; Sulger-Buel Lovell; TAFETA; Tyburn Gallery; and Village Unhu.

    Over the past four years 1:54 has established itself as a leading voice in the global discussion on contemporary African art, and this year will spotlight the work of over 110 African and African Diasporan artists, working in various different mediums and coming from a unique spread of geographical backgrounds comprising 30 countries: Algeria; Benin; Cameroon; Côte d’Ivoire; Democratic Republic of Congo; Ethiopia; France; Germany; Ghana; Italy; Japan; Kenya; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Morocco; Mozambique; Nigeria; Russia; Senegal; Sierra Leone; South Africa; Sudan; Switzerland; Togo; Tunisia; Uganda; United Kingdom; United States and Zimbabwe.

    This year 1:54 will again be accompanied by FORUM, the fair’s extensive talks and events program, including lectures, film screenings and panel discussions with international curators, artists and art professionals. FORUM is curated by Koyo Kouoh, Artistic Director of RAW Material Company, Dakar.

    Full List of Participating Galleries:

    50 Golborn (London, United Kingdom)
    Addis Fine Art (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
    AFRONOVA GALLERY (Johannesburg, South Africa)
    AGorgi Gallery (Tunis, Tunisia)
    APALAZZOGALLERY (Brescia, Italy)
    Art Twenty One (Lagos, Nigeria)
    ARTCO Gallery (Aachen, Germany)
    ARTLabAfrica (Nairobi, Kenya)
    Axis Gallery (New York, United States)
    Barnard Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa)
    Caroline Pagès Gallery (Lisbon, Portugal)
    CIRCA Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
    Circle Art Gallery (Nairobi, Kenya)
    Eric Hussenot Gallery (Paris, France)
    Galeri Mikael Anderson (Copenhagen, Denmark)
    Galeria 111 (Lisbon, Portugal)
    Galerie Anne De Villepoix (Paris, France)
    Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire)
    Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana)
    Gallery of African Art (GAFRA) (London, United Kingdom)
    GVCC (Casablanca, Morocco)
    Jack Bell Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
    Jenkins Johnson Gallery (New York/San Francisco, United States)
    L’Atelier 21 (Casablanca, Morocco)
    Magnin-A (Paris, France)
    Mariane Ibrahim Gallery (Seattle, United States)
    Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art (Cairo, Egypt)
    October Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
    Officine dell’Immagine (Milan, Italy)
    Primo Marella Gallery (Milan, Italy)
    Sabrina Amrani Gallery (Madrid, Spain)
    Selma Feriani Gallery (Tunis, Tunisia)
    (S)ITOR / Sitor Senghor (Paris, France)
    Sulger-Buel Lovell (London, United Kingdom)
    TAFETA (London, United Kingdom)
    Tiwani Contemporary (London, United Kingdom)
    Tyburn Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
    Vigo Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
    Village Unhu (Harare, Zimbabwe)
    Voice Gallery (Marrakech, Morocco)

    For more information

    1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
    Date: 6–9 October 2016
    Venue: Somerset House, London

    Header image: Adejoke Tugbiyele (USA/Nigeria), Homeless Hungry Homo, 2014. Palm stems, Yarn, perforated metal, African mask, one dollar bills, 76 x 152 x 60 cm. Photo: Jonathan Greet

  • Handmade in Wembley- Christmas Fair

    With Christmas only 4 weekends away, people are either thinking about what presents to buy or how to make some quick money, luckily we are holding a Winter Fair which will help arts and crafts lovers in either of these situations.

    On the 12th & 13th December from 10:00 – 18:00 at Chesterfield House, Create Space Members and designer/makers alike will come together to show and sell their bespoke gifts and artwork.

    It will be a family friendly event with a number of workshops taking place including, but not limited to, ceramics, screen printing, casting and electronics. Need more reason to attend? How about live music performances across both days, home made food (hot and cold, sweet and savoury) and a licensed bar. All of this is available with just £2 adult entry and kids go free.

    Alternatively if you would like to run one of our workshops, show off your musical talent or culinary skills, please come forward.

    Who can apply for a stall?

    • We are offering stall spaces to Create Space Members and in addition we invite external stall-holders to offer an eclectic range of art and craft.
    • The cost of a stall for Members is £10 per day and for external stall-holders £25 per day or £40 for the weekend.

    How do I apply?

    If you wish to make an application for a stall please email with the following information:

    • Name/Contact number/Address
    • CSL Member/Non Member
    • Days required Saturday/Sunday or both? and state if power required
    • Type of work
    • 3 photos

    What is the timeline?

    Applicants have until Monday 7th December 2015 to submit their details.

    Where will the Fair take place?

    • The fair will be held on the 5th Floor of Chesterfield House, 9 Park Lane, Wembley, HA9 7RH
    • Space allocated for each stall-holder will be a table size of 1.6 x 0.8 m
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  • 1:54 Contemporary African Art at Somerset House, London

    Title Image by Jack Bell Gallery via 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

    • Europe’s leading Contemporary African Art Fair returns to Somerset House for a third year (15 – 18 October 2015)
    • Follows successful New York debut earlier this year
    • Bigger than ever before, the fair will now feature 38 exhibitors to showcase work by more than 150 African artists across the East, West and South Wings
    • An extensive programme of talks with thought-leaders from across the art world hosted by 1:54’s FORUM curated by Koyo Kouoh

    Following a successful New York debut earlier this year, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair is set to return to London this October (15 – 18) to present its most substantial showcase yet. Taking place once again in the historic setting of Somerset House, the fair takes on an additional third wing this year and will feature 38 exhibitors representing more than 150 contemporary artists from Africa and the African diaspora.

    The fair will present an opportunity to discover and appreciate contemporary African art in mediums including painting, sculpture, photography and installation with a cross-section of works from across the continent. Highlights of artists (and their galleries) include:

    • Otobong Nkanga (In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc) – an Art Review FutureGreat
    • Sammy Baloji (Axis Gallery) – designing an in-situ installation for the gallery at the fair
    • Ibrahim El Salahi (Vigo Gallery) – one of the leading figures that launched Tate modern’s outlook on African and Arab modernism with his inaugural exhibition “A Visionary Modernist”
    • Athi-Patra Ruga (In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc) – winner, 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award for Performance Art
    • Edson Chagas (APALAZZOGALLERY) – winnner of the Golden Lion with the Angolan Pavillion at the 55th Venice Biennale and soon to exhibit at MoMa.
    • Other highlights of this year’s fair inlcude: Aboudia (Galerie Cecile Fakhoury), Boris Nzebo (Jack Bell Gallery), Gonçalo Mabunda (Jack Bell Gallery), Ibrahim Mahama (APALAZZOGALLERY), Meschac Gaba (In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc), Romuald Hazoumè (October Gallery), Sokari Douglas Camp CBE (October Gallery), Virginia Chihota (Tiwani Contemporary)and many more.

    Touria El Glaoui, Founding Director of 1:54 says:

    “It’s a great feeling to be announcing our return to London with a collection of galleries and artists of this calibre. The response to having doubled in size last year and debuted in New York has been overwhelming and as a result, some of the most inspiring contemporary artists from Africa will be represented at the fair. 1:54 London 2015 will continue to celebrate the diversity and growing popularity of art from Africa’s 54 countries and we hope that more people will visit and discover the quality of work being produced in the region and by its diaspora.”



    Omar Victor Diop Ikhlas Khan, Diaspora series, 2015 Pigment inkjet printing on Harman By Hahnemuhle paper 120 x 80 cm Courtesy of Magnin-A, Paris via 1:54 Contemporary African Art

    As well as 32 galleries, 1:54 will feature four special projects and two solo shows including a unique lounge area designed by Hassan Hajjaj’s Morrocan based Larrache Studio. The individual shows include Kapwani Kiwanga’s Flowers for Africa, an exhibition celebrating the independence of the 54 African countries through the reproduction of flower arrangements and a Kinshasa street life photography exhibition by Congolese artist Kiripi Katembo.

    Over the past three years, 1:54 has established itself as a leading voice on contemporary African art. 1:54 will host its hugely popular FORUM programme – a three-day critical conversations series comprising of artist talks, panel discussions and film screenings curated by Koyo Kouoh, Artistic Director of RAW Material Companyand curator of 2016 EVA International,Ireland’s BiennialWith a focus on North Africa this year,discussion topics will include the current trajectories of contemporary African artistic production and practice. The conversations will explore the cultural diversity of artistic traditions that form the rich universe of the African experience.

    The fair will be designed by award-winning architectural and design studio RA Projects (Rashid Ali). RA Projects will insert a series of richly coloured sculptural interventions across the East, South, and West Wings of Somerset House.

    Online platform Artsy will be producing an extensive digital catalogue of the fair at and on the Artsy iPhone app making it possible to experience the fair around the world.

    List of exhibitors

    (S)itor, Paris
    Afronova, Johannesburg
    Art Twenty One, Lagos
    ArtLabAfrica, Nairobi
    ARTCO Gallery, Aachen
    Axis Gallery, New York
    CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg
    Ed Cross Fine Art, London
    Fondation Donwahi, Abidjan
    Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
    Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan
    Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris
    Galerie Maïa Muller, Paris
    Galerie MAM, Douala
    GALLERY AOP, Johannesburg
    Galleri Flach, Stockholm
    GVCC, Casablanca
    In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc, Paris
    Jack Bell Gallery, London
    Johans Borman Fine Art, Cape Town
    KooVha Gallery, Harare
    Magnin-A, Paris
    Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle
    October Gallery, London
    Omenka Gallery, Lagos
    Primo Marella Gallery, Milan
    Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid
    Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis
    Tamar Golan Gallery, Luanda
    Tiwani Contemporary, London
    Vigo Gallery, London


    BASMOCA (Basma Al Sulaiman Museum of Contemporary Art), Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou, Benin
    Hassan Hajjaj, Larrache Studio, Marrakech
    Qubeka Bead Studio, Cape Town, South Africa

    For more information

    @154artfair | #154artfair

  • Africa Utopia at London South Bank

    Africa Utopia is back for a third year celebrating the arts and culture of one of the world’s most dynamic and fast-changing continents. The festival looks at how Africa can lead the way in thinking about culture, community, business and technology and includes topics ranging from fashion, gender and power to politics, sustainability and activism.

    Soboye- Diaspora Calling

    This year’s festival features some of Africa’s greatest artists across music, dance, literature and the arts. Highlights include: legendary drummer Tony Allen, one of the acknowledged co-founders of Afrobeat, performing with special guests; Senegalese super-group Orchestra Baobab; powerfully soulful West African singer Kassé Mady Diabaté; the ground-breaking launch of Europe’s first Black and Minority Ethnic classical symphony orchestra, Chineke!; an original play called Star Boy Productions charting the migrant’s story of survival; emerging African musicians including Cameroonian Blick Bassy; and a club night showcasing the influence of Africa on a new generation of UK artists and DJs, including Afriquoi and African Head Charge.

    Africa Utopia- Soboye Market Stall

    With something for everyone across the festival, join us to take part in lively Africa Utopia, free events, and workshops delving into the many faces of modern Africa. There’s also African-inspired fashion, a buzzing marketplace and delicious African street-food to enjoy.

    Be it food, debates, fashion or music,check out the event listings to find something that tickles your fancy. Urbanknit will be taking part in the Diaspora Calling fashion and will also be available on the Soboye Market Stall.

    For more information:

    When: Thursday 10 September 2015 – Sunday 13 September 2015

    WhereThe map

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  • The Africa Centre Summer Festival 2015

    This year’s edition edition of the Africa Centre Summer Festival takes place on Saturday, the 1st of August. ‘August in Africa’, will be held in Covent Garden’s iconic Piazza on Saturday, August 1st from 12pm-10pm and will explore the theme of portraiture through contemporary photography. Everyone with an interest in Africa will have an opportunity to celebrate and experience first-hand the best of African culture, including exhibitions, workshops for children and adults, pop-up fashion and dance shows, entertainment, live music, delicious African food and much, much more. And it’s FREE!

    Asa the Parisian born Nigerian singer songwriter will be performing at 8.15pm in the Piazza so definitively worth a visit with friends.

    In addition, you can try on (or even buy) Urbanknit clutches, totes, blazers and more at the Vou Brown Boutique stand.

    Hope to see you there!


    WHERE: Covent Garden Piazza, London

    WHEN: August 1st, 12 – 10 PM


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  • Chesterfield House- Opening Party

    The Urbanknit London studio is based in Chesterfield House, Wembley. We’ve been here only a few months now and its time to celebrate that. On the 9th of July 2015, there will be an open studio day, so do drop by to have a drink, meet various artists and designers and get creative too!

    Let me know if you are in the area or if you are stopping by, leave a comment below!

    Chesterfield House Open studios

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  • Do your know what today is? It’s our Etsy Anniversary!

    Yes, it is. It is our 9th year on Etsy. We opened our Etsy store on the 20th of June 2006 and had our first sale on the 3rd of July just two weeks after.

    So here is a little celebratory song from Toni Tony Tone!


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  • An African Revolution: Fashion Africa Conference

    Yes, I have booked my ticket to attend the Fashion African Conference which is in exactly two weeks from today. I have never attended before and I am looking forward to hearing the different speakers and discussions.

    Organised by the Africa Fashion Guide the event is happening on the 24th of April which is also Fashion Revolution Day. The aim of the gathering is to discuss the future of the African Fashion industry in particular the full supply chain of African Fashion Design, Textiles, and Manufacturing and to communicate this to a larger, global audience through media.

    This event is recommended to all fashion designers, retailers, students and any one in the business of fashion.

    Check out the talks going on on the day

    PANEL 1) – African Revolution – Fashion Made in Africa

    PANEL 2) The New African Fashion Market – Designers, Fashion Shows, Media and Retail

    PANEL 3A) Africa is Open for Business  – Africa as a Source for New Business

    PANEL 3B) Textile Futures – Africa’s Cotton, Leather and Textile Industry Opportunities

    PANEL 4A) Source Africa and Navigating Value Chains, Logistics and Red Tape

    PANEL 4B) Africa’s Triple Bottom Line – Sustainability, Ethical Credentials and Responsibility in the African Fashion Industry

    There is also a selection of great speakers from far and wide. I am particularly looking forward to hearing Arieta Mujay of African Creative Collective, Chris Springs of the British Museum and Hannay Pool of the Guardian and Africa Utopia. I think it is going to be very enriching. Do come and check join the discussion. More information on how to attend can be found below. If you are coming, do leave a comment to say so and hopefully see you there!


    DATE: Friday 24th April, 2015

    TIME: 10AM  to 5PM

    VENUE: Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA London


    PRICE:  £49



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  • Countdown Spring Sale

    Urbanknit Spring Sale


    We are having a countdown spring sale starting from today with up to 50% off your entire order.

    Just enter SPRINGSALE15 at checkout.

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