Tate Britain Exhibition

Life Between Islands Caribbean-British Art 1950s – Now

Tall, thin pastel drawing of a woman in a thin-strapped, pink, patterned dress stood with her arms either side of her head appearing to hold/push up a woman sat neatly with a handbag placed in her lap on a chair with her right hand, and a sofa with a man

Sonia Boyce She Ain’t Holding Them Up, She’s Holding On (Some English Rose) 1986 Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (Middlesbrough, UK) © Sonia Boyce. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2021

Tate Britain presents a landmark group exhibition celebrating 70 years of Caribbean-British art

This exhibition explores the work of artists from the Caribbean who made their home in Britain, alongside other British artists whose work has been influenced and inspired by Caribbean themes and heritage.

Spanning visionary paintings to documentary photography, fashion, film and sculpture, Life Between Islands traces the extraordinary breadth and impact of Caribbean British art, in one setting.

This exhibition celebrates how people from the Caribbean have forged new communities and identities in post-war Britain – and in doing so have transformed what British culture and society looks like today.

The exhibition features over 40 artists, including Aubrey Williams, Donald Locke, Horace Ové, Sonia Boyce, Claudette Johnson, Peter Doig, Hurvin Anderson, Grace Wales Bonner and Alberta Whittle.

Research supported by Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational in partnership with Hyundai Motor.

Tate Britain

London SW1P 4RG
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1 December 2021 – 3 April 2022

Supported by

The Deborah Loeb Brice Foundation

With additional support from

The Life Between Islands Exhibition Supporters Circle:

Jake and Hélène Marie Shafran Cockayne – Grants for the Arts The London Community Foundation Mala Gaonkar Lydia and Manfred Gorvy

Tate Americas Foundation

Tate International Council

Tate Patrons

and Tate Members

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Exhilarating, mighty, radical, tender, as disturbing as it is beautiful, Life Between Islands is a revelation from first to last.

The Observer

Utterly absorbing ... the show judiciously entwines art and social history, with a crackling energy.

The Evening Standard

This timely show is an unmissable testament to creativity.

The Guardian

As tender and joyful as it is angry and defiant.

The Telegraph

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