Our curators have chosen works from the Tate collection that explore how artists have responded to issues and narratives in recent British history, such as immigration, feminism, racial and sexual identity, AIDS activism, music and club culture.
At the centre of the display is Black Audio Film Collective’s film Handsworth Songs 1986. This film’s immediate subject is the riots that took place in Handsworth, Birmingham during September 1985, but it ranges far wider than that specific event, to address aspects of Britain’s colonial past in the context of race and class struggle.
This film is used as a starting point to consider recent history through the eyes of artists, some of whom may have been marginalised in the story of British art. Sixty Years celebrates the difference and diversity that has helped shape Britain.
Some visitors may find works in the display provocative or controversial.
This display has been curated by Elsa Coustou and Andrew Wilson.