Celebrate Black History Month

Look Closer

The Racial and Identity Politics of Head of a Man

Consider and question the intentions, politics and legacy of this landmark artwork


Njideka Akunyili Crosby in Conversation

Hear Nigerian-born visual artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby discuss her influences and practice

In the Gallery

The Story of No Woman, No Cry: Audio Description

Listen to and watch an in-depth audio description of Chris Ofili's No Woman, No Cry

Artists In the Collection

Art Terms

British black arts movement

The British black arts movement was a radical political art movement founded in 1982 inspired by anti-racist discourse and feminist critique, which sought to highlight issues of race and gender and the politics of representation

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 marginalised groups

Black Audio Film Collective

The Black Audio Film Collective is a pioneering arts initiative founded in 1982 whose ground-breaking experimental works engaged with black popular and political culture in Britain and the black / Asian Diasporas


Afrapix was a photographers' collective and agency founded in South Africa in 1982 which encouraged its members to use photography as activism

Black Atlantic

Black Atlantic describes the fusion of black cultures with other cultures from around the Atlantic

The black aesthetic

The black aesthetic is a cultural ideology that developed in America alongside the civil rights movement in the 1960s and promoted black separatism in the arts


AfriCOBRA was a Chicago-based group of black artists whose shared aim was to develop their own aesthetic in the visual arts in order to empower black communities

The Blk Art Group

Formed in Wolverhampton, England, in 1979, The Blk Art Group was an association of young black artists who, inspired by the black arts movement, raised questions about what black art was, its identity and what it could become in the future


Afrofuturism is a cultural aesthetic that combines science-fiction, history and fantasy to explore the African-American experience and aims to connect those from the black diaspora with their forgotten African ancestry


Diaspora is a term used to describe movements in population from one country to another and is often cited in discussions about identity

Art In The Collection



Sonia Boyce: ‘Gathering a history of black women’

Sonia Boyce conveys political messages focusing on black representation


Kerry James Marshall in Conversation

Watch acclaimed American artist Kerry James Marshall discuss his career, work and exploration of black culture


Black Mary – A Film by Kahlil Joseph

Watch Kahlil Joseph's film inspired by the haunting black and white photography of Roy DeCarava.


Isaac Julien: 'I'm interested in poetry'

The British filmmaker and installation artist presents three key examples of his work

Be Inspired by Black History

Inspired by

Stand Firm

Writer Jay Bernard reflects on the lives of Black communities living in London and their representation in contemporary media and ...

Look Closer

Explore From Tarzan to Rambo

Exploring how Sonia Boyce explores her own sense of self in relation to media images of blackness and whiteness in ...

Tate Kids Kids’ View

Kids Think About Art and Race

Watch kids exploring an exhibition of Black American art

Dig Deeper into Race and Identity

Tate Etc

In Focus: Kerry James Marshall’s Untitled (London Bridge) 2017

Mark Godfrey

A recent painting of London Bridge (in Lake Havasu City, Arizona) by Kerry James Marshall, on display at Tate Britain ...

Tate Etc

Portfolio: Rotimi Fani-Kayode – Desire In Exile

Mark Sealy

Rotimi Fani-Kayode arrived in Brighton aged 11 in 1966, having fled Nigeria’s civil war. After coming out as gay, he ...


Bethann Hardison on art, race and power dressing

Brooklyn-born fashion activist Bethann Hardison discusses colonialism and cultural appropriation, from Van Dyck to Victoria's Secret

In Focus

The Painting

Anna Arabindan-Kesson

Anna Arabindan-Kesson analyses Family Jules: NNN (No Naked Niggahs) 1974 by Barkley L. Hendricks through a range of aesthetic discourses ...