October Exhibitions in London suggested by Sofia Carreira-Wham

We have asked Sofia Carreira-Wham (@artlife_london) to recommend us her favourite exhibitions in London for the month of October.

Ann Veronica Janssens

1. Ann Veronica Janssens: Hot Pink Turquoise

Location: South London Gallery

Dates: 23 September - 29 November

This exhibition is Belgian artist Ann Veronica Janssens’ largest to date in the UK, presenting sculptural installations in diverse media such as glitter and water. Janssens has the rare ability to capture the sensory essence of light, as reflected in and transmitted through the material world around us. To this effect, the main hall is taken over by Untitled (Blue Glitter), a vast expanse of glitter that appears to explode, electrifying the entire gallery in the artist’s unique, ephemeral style.

Ann Veronica Janssens

2. Yeesookyung: I am not the only one

Location: Massimo de Carlo

Dates: 6 October - 21 November

I fell in love with Yeesookyung’s ‘Translated Vases’ at the Venice Biennale in 2017, and have been waiting patiently for a London exhibition ever since. The artist’s beautiful, bulbous sculptures are (re)constructed from discarded Korean ceramics, and fused together with 24 carat gold leaf. In her own words: “I am attracted to failed, broken or ephemeral things… It is not about fixing or mending, but about celebrating the vulnerability of the object.’


3. Artemisia

Location: National Gallery

Dates: 3 October - 24 January

This exhibition has been a long time coming, in every sense! The masterful C17th painter Artemisia Gentileschi struggled for recognition in her own lifetime, was forgotten in subsequent centuries, and is often solely associated with a handful of key works. This greatly anticipated exhibition, the first of its kind in the UK, was then postponed by the pandemic, raising fears it might never happen at all. The good news is, the show has now opened - and is not to be missed!

Artemisia Gentileschi - Judith Slaying Holofernes

And a bonus one…

Doyle Wham presents PORTR-8: 8 New Faces in Contemporary Portraiture

Location: ECAD Gallery, Peckham

Dates: 8-24 October

I launched a digital photography gallery, Doyle Wham, earlier this year, and I am excited to announce my first pop-up exhibition.

PORTR-8 features an array of innovative, experimental portrait photography by 8 African artists, from Gabon, Nigeria, Namibia, Kenya and Mozambique. The represented artists vary widely in terms of their backgrounds, frames of reference, and photographic style, but are united by the desire to expand and challenge traditional notions and narrow interpretations of Africa, African art, and African society.

The virtual version can also be accessed at:

PORTR-8 © Staice Shitanda
PORTR-8 © Artist Morgan Otagburuagu