Tate Britain Conference

My Guyana to Great Thames Frank Bowling in Context

​Frank Bowling in his studio in February 2019 © Mathilde Agius

​Frank Bowling in his studio in February 2019 © Mathilde Agius  

Explore the fascinating world of Frank Bowling

Join us for a half-day conference with leading artists, academics and curators as they discuss the vital elements of Frank Bowling’s work. Three special panel discussions will assess Bowling’s remarkable six-decade career, and his relationship with Guyana, London and New York. Speakers will also consider Bowling's influences, his innovative use of paint, and the impact of his work on other artists.


14.00 Welcome and Introduction: Richard Martin (Tate)

14.10 Presentation by Gilane Tawadros (DACS and Stuart Hall Foundation)

14.40 Discussion, chaired by Allison Thompson (Barbados Community College)

15.10 Break; refreshments provided

15.30 Presentation by Giulia Smith (Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford)

15.50 Presentation by Leon Wainwright (Open University)

16.10 Discussion, chaired by Elena Crippa (Tate)

16.30 Break; refreshments provided

17.00 Artists' panel: John Bunker, Oscar Murillo and Jessica Warboys, chaired by Dorothy Price (University of Bristol)

18.00 Close

Frank Bowling Remember Thine Eyes 2014 Courtesy Frank Bowling and Hales Gallery © Frank Bowling. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2019

Frank Bowling Polish Rebecca 1971 Private Collection © Frank Bowling. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2019​.

This event has been provided by Tate Foundation on behalf of Tate Enterprises LTD.

Tate Britain

The Clore Auditorium

London SW1P 4RG
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Date & Time

1 June 2019 at 15.00–19.00