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Artist’s Talk: Lubaina Himid with Maria Balshaw

Lubaina Himid, ‘Between the Two my Heart is Balanced’ 1991
Lubaina Himid, Between the Two my Heart is Balanced 1991. Tate. © Lubaina Himid

​Join 2017 Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid for a special conversation with Tate Director Maria Balshaw

The work of British artist Lubaina Himid celebrates Black creativity and the people of the African diaspora, while challenging forms of institutional invisibility. In a practice that includes paintings, prints, drawings and installations, she has addressed the histories and legacies of colonialism and slavery, and engaged with political questions and artistic traditions from the eighteenth century to the present day.

This is a unique opportunity to hear Himid discuss her career, how her practice continues to evolve, and what winning the Turner Prize in 2017 meant to her. The artist will be in conversation with Tate Director Maria Balshaw, and there will also be an opportunity for audience questions and contributions.

For an additional price, audience members can also enjoy a private view of the Turner Prize 2018 exhibition following the talk from 20.00 to 21.00.


Lubaina Himid was born in 1954 in Zanzibar, Tanzania. She studied Theatre Design at Wimbledon College of Art and an MA in Cultural History at the Royal College of Art. She is Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire. Recent solo exhibitions include Navigation Charts (Spike Island, Bristol) and Invisible Strategies (Modern Art Oxford), both in 2017. Recent group exhibitions include The Place is Here (Nottingham Contemporary, 2017); The 1980s Today’s Beginnings? (Van Abbe Museum, 2016); Keywords (Tate Liverpool, 2014); and Burning Down the House (Gwangju Biennale, 2014). From 1986 to 1990, Himid was director of the Elbow Room and has curated exhibitions including Carte de Visite (Hollybush Gardens, 2015); The Thin Black Line (ICA, 1986); and Critical, Donald Rodney (Rochdale Art Gallery, 1989). She was the winner of the 2017 Turner Prize.​

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11 October 2018 at 18.30–20.00

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