Now booking Tate Britain Exhibition

Life Between Islands Caribbean-British Art 1950s – Now

 Tall, thin pastel drawing of a woman in a thin-strapped, pink, patterned dress stood with her arms either side of her head appearing to hold/push up a woman sat neatly with a handbag placed in her lap on a chair with her right hand, and a sofa with a man

Sonia Boyce She Ain’t Holding Them Up, She’s Holding On (Some English Rose) 1986 Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (Middlesbrough, UK) © Sonia Boyce. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2021

Tate Britain presents a landmark group exhibition celebrating 70 years of Caribbean-British art

Self-portrait painting of the artist Paul Dash depicted holding a paint palette and brush, wearing glasses, staring directly out at the viewer.

Paul Dash Self-portrait 1979 Collection & © Paul Dash

Dimly-lit photograph of a young woman sitting in a living room in the 1970s with her knees tucked up to one side, leaning on one arm, on a patterned carpet floor with a television set on her right, surrounded by furniture and pot plants, wallpaper

Neil Kenloch Young Woman Seated on the Floor at Home in front of her Television Set 1973 Collection & © Courtesy of the Neil Kenlock Archive

A painting featuring black thin mark making in the shape of trees, overlayed on a colourful background

Althea McNish Golden Harvest 1959 Designed by Althea McNish, manufactured by Hull Traders Ltd The Whitworth, The University of Manchester

Photograph of a mother kneeling in the sand on a beach laughing with her child who is standing looking down at his feet sinking in the sand.

Ingrid Pollard Oceans Apart 1989 Tate Purchased 2013 © Ingrid Pollard

Painting of a group of people crowded into a darkly-lit music venue watching someone operate a sound system/ perform a DJ set with one figure holding a microphone.

Denzil Forrester Jah Shaka 1983. Collection S

This exhibition explores the work of artists from the Caribbean who made their home in Britain, alongside other British artists whose work has been influenced and inspired by Caribbean themes and heritage.

Spanning visionary paintings to documentary photography, fashion, film and sculpture, Life Between Islands traces the extraordinary breadth and impact of Caribbean British art, in one setting.

This exhibition celebrates how people from the Caribbean have forged new communities and identities in post-war Britain – and in doing so have transformed what British culture and society looks like today.

The exhibition features over 40 artists, including Aubrey Williams, Donald Locke, Horace Ové, Sonia Boyce, Claudette Johnson, Peter Doig, Hurvin Anderson, Grace Wales Bonner and Alberta Whittle.

Research supported by Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational in partnership with Hyundai Motor.

Our exhibition guide explores the exhibition room by room.

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1 December 2021 – 3 April 2022


£16 / Free with ticket for Members

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The exhibition includes several longform films. To fully experience the exhibition we recommend allowing at least two hours for your visit.

Content guidance:

This exhibition includes themes of racism and violence.

Supported by

The Deborah Loeb Brice Foundation

With additional support from

The Life Between Islands Exhibition Supporters Circle:

Jake and Hélène Marie Shafran
Cockayne – Grants for the Arts
The London Community Foundation
Mala Gaonkar
Lydia and Manfred Gorvy

Tate Americas Foundation

Tate International Council

Tate Patrons

and Tate Members

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