Tate Britain Festival

Queer and Now

23 Jun 2018

Returning for its second year, Queer and Now celebrates the powerful role of LGBTQ+ arts and culture in today's society

Free entry

Walks of art: Scottee on Francis Bacon and Soho

Discover the bars and members clubs which took artists such as Francis Bacon, from breakfast to bed


Five Stories of Queer Artists

As the first exhibition dedicated to queer British art comes to Tate Britain, we tell five important queer stories

Artists In the Collection

Art Terms

Find definitions of over 400 terms, including art movements, styles and techniques


Bloomsbury is the name commonly used to identify a circle of intellectuals and artists who lived in Bloomsbury, near central London, in the period 1904–40

Feminist art

Feminist art explores gender-related experiences within society, often with the aim to expose embedded inequalities and show alternatives to dominant gender roles

Performance art

Performance art is where an action or series of actions becomes the artwork

Abject art

Abject art is used to describe artworks which explore themes that transgress and threaten our sense of cleanliness and propriety particularly referencing the body and bodily functions

Identity politics

Identity politics is the term used to describe an anti-authoritarian political and cultural movement that gained prominence in the USA and Europe in the mid-1980s, asking questions about identity, repression, inequality and injustice and often focusing on the experience of certain marginalised groups

Abstract art

Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect

Land art

Land art or earth art is art that is made directly in the landscape, sculpting the land itself into earthworks or making structures in the landscape using natural materials such as rocks or twigs


Impressionism developed in France in the nineteenth century and is based on the practice of painting out of doors and spontaneously ‘on the spot’ rather than in a studio from sketches. Main impressionist subjects were landscapes and scenes of everyday life

Installation art

The term installation art is used to describe large-scale, mixed-media constructions, often designed for a specific place or for a temporary period of time

Pop art

Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the 1950s and flourished in the 1960s in America and Britain, drawing inspiration from sources in popular and commercial culture. Different cultures and countries contributed to the movement during the 1960s and 70s

Art In The Collection


Talking Point

Queer Lives: Channel 4 Random Acts

Watch six films, each providing glimpses into the lived experience of six individuals


Meet the artist: Sunil Gupta

Sunil Gupta on Mr Malhotra’s Party


Marlene Dumas: Great Men portrait series

In this film, Marlene Dumas talks about her Great Men series, a group of portraits made in response to Russia’s ...

Be Inspired


Walks of art: Bonnie Greer on Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group

The writer and critic explores the friendships, work and designs behind this radical set of artists


The Black Flamingo Zine

A zine exploring the theme of identity for inclusion curated by poet Dean Atta and writer Ben Connors.
Talking Point

Susan Calman on queer role models, art and progress

The Scottish comedian discusses why the gay rights movement is still so important today

Dig Deeper

Tate Paper

David Hockney’s Early Etchings: Going Transatlantic and Being British

David Hockney’s early autobiographical prints, My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean 1961 and the series A Rake’s Progress ...

Tate Etc

Homage to Bacon

We bring together a mix of writers, museum directors, artists, musicians and filmmakers to pay homage to the legendary artist

Picture Essay

Art and Pornography

Tread the line between creativity and sex as we explore what separates these two terms

Look Closer

The Art of Bloomsbury

Take an in-depth look at the ideas, inspirations and development of the art of the Bloomsbury Group through the work ...