Thin Black Line(s)
Focus display
Tate Britain: Display
22 August 2011 – 23 April 2012
  • Veronica Ryan, 'Relics in the Pillow of Dreams' 1985
    Veronica Ryan
    Relics in the Pillow of Dreams 1985
    Plaster and bronze
    unconfirmed: 255 x 900 x 900 mm
    Presented by Charles Saatchi 1992© Veronica Ryan

This display focuses on the contribution of Black and Asian women artists to British art in the 1980s. Taking as its starting point three seminal exhibitions curated by artist Lubaina Himid in London from 1983 to 1985, the display charts the coming to voice of a radical generation of British artists who challenged their collective invisibility in the art world and engaged in their art with the wider social and political issues of 1980s Britain and the world.

These special one-room Focus Displays take a look at an artist, theme or period of British art, using works from the Tate collection.