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Late at Tate Britain: Cut and Colour

Richard Hamilton, ‘Fashion-plate’ 1969–70
Richard Hamilton, Fashion-plate 1969–70. Tate. © The estate of Richard Hamilton

Explore why we cut and colour our hair the way we do inspired by five centuries of art

Why do we cut and colour our hair the way we do? The artworks on display at Tate Britain span the last 500 years, so that’s five centuries of eyebrows, beards and body hair! Taking a selection of these works as inspiration, Late at Tate Britain: Cut and Colour explores some of the many representations of hair in the collection and beyond. We investigate the political, social and cultural aspects of all hair types from the past and present, asking what it means to cut and colour our hair the way we do.

a woman with a beard stares at the camera whilst wearing Indian jewellery

Harnaam Kaur

three woman stand in front of some speakers


portrait of a woman

Sharan Dhaliwal from Burnt Roti



Taking hold of the tech and decks are Resis'Dance, a diverse group of women challenging gender norms in the party and political scene.


Digital start up CBT (Coding: Braiding: Transmission) and social historian, writer and broadcaster Emma Dabiri explore the history of braiding and its connection to coding and encryption.

Anti-bullying and body confidence activist Harnaam Kaur and lifestyle bloggers and natural hair advocates Jay & Tri of CURLture discuss connections between hair and spirituality, beauty norms and body hair. Followed by film and visual art curated by Harnaam and her creative team.

Free but ticketed. Tickets available of a first-come-first-served basis from 18.00.


Watch a screening of a new short film This Hair of Mine in which Jamaican-born, London-based hair stylist Cyndia Harvey explores the beauty of afro hair.


Tate Library and Archive curates a display exploring hairstyle trends, how hair can inform identity and memory, as well as the different ways that hair has been used in art.

Learn beauty tips and take part in discussion curated by magazine Burnt Roti. Launched in April 2016 by Sharan Dhaliwal, Burnt Roti gives the South Asian community a platform to talk about and showcase talent.

See the work of Nigerian photographer J.D. Okhai Ojeikere whose work features unique hairstyles found in Nigeria.

Pitch Studios present a new commission created in collaboration with 3D artist and motion designer The Studio Gold in response to Angel of Anarchy by Eileen Agar. Pitch also lead a drop-in workshop exploring digital collage and 3D motion design.

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See Lamula Nassuna's designs inspired by natural kinky hair, celebrating afro textures and challenging mainstream beauty standards through clothing.

Drop in to a Digital Portrait Salon led by the:nublk to create a portrait inspired by hair and iconic moments in black pop culture.


Walk through Tate Britain and see the range of works that inspired the event including Thoughts of the Past, Jacob Kramer, Javanese Head, Fashion-plate, Self Portrait as My Sister Jane Wearing and No Woman, No Cry.


Grab some hot food on offer from the Djanogly Café or a drink from the bar in Room 1840.

Late at Tate Britain: Cut and Colour is curated by Tate Collective London and aimed at young people aged 1825.

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Date & Time

6 October 2017 at 18.00–21.30

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