Simeon Solomon, 'Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Mytilene' 1864
Coming Soon Tate Britain Exhibition

Queer British Art 1861–1967

5 April – 1 October 2017

Free entry for Members

Presenting the first exhibition dedicated to queer British art

Featuring works from 1861–1967 relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) identities, the show marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England. Queer British Art explores how artists expressed themselves in a time when established assumptions about gender and sexuality were being questioned and transformed.

Deeply personal and intimate works are presented alongside pieces aimed at a wider public, which helped to forge a sense of community when modern terminology of ‘lesbian’, ‘gay’, ‘bisexual’ and ‘trans’ were unrecognised. Together, they reveal a remarkable range of identities and stories, from the playful to the political and from the erotic to the domestic.

With paintings, drawings, personal photographs and film from artists such as John Singer Sargent, Dora Carrington, Duncan Grant and David Hockney the diversity of queer British art is celebrated as never before.  


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5 April – 1 October 2017


£16.50 FREE for Members

Adult £16.50 (without donation £15)

Concession £14.50 (without donation £13.10)

Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult) Family tickets available (two adults and two children 12–18 years) by telephone or in the gallery

Make a day of it and visit both Queer British Art and David Hockney with a free drink in between. This offer can be booked via the David Hockney exhibition page (until 29 May 2017).

School groups must be booked in advance

Help Tate by including the voluntary donation to enable Gift Aid

Tickets can be booked up to 8 hours in advance online or up to 24 hours in advance by telephone on +44 (0)20 7887 8888

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