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Lubaina Himid

Painting of five figures inside a room with a window looking out onto a view of the sea on the far right of the painting. From left to right, the first figure is looking away from the rest of the group with a hand raised to their temple, the second figure

Lubaina Himid Le Rodeur: The Exchange 2016 © Lubaina Himid Courtesy of the artist and Hollybush Gardens, London.

A theatrical exhibition by the Turner Prize winning artist and cultural activist

This large-scale exhibition will debut recent work and include selected highlights from Lubaina Himid’s influential career. Taking inspiration from her interest in theatre, the exhibition will unfold in a sequence of scenes designed to place visitors centre-stage and backstage.

Initially trained in theatre design, Himid is known for her innovative approaches to painting and to social engagement. She has been pivotal in the UK since the 1980s for her contributions to the British Black arts movement, making space for the expression and recognition of Black experience and women’s creativity. Over the last decade, she has earned international recognition for her figurative paintings, which explore overlooked and invisible aspects of history and of contemporary everyday life. In 2017 she was awarded the Turner Prize and in 2018 she was bestowed with the honorary title of CBE for her contributions to the arts.

Exhibition organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne/Plateforme 10

A painting of five figures sitting around a table covered in sewing equipment such as fabric scissors, a selection of coloured thread spools and a paper pattern, with a sixth figure stood passing behind the group around the table

Lubaina Himid Six Tailors 2019 Rennie Collection, Vancouver © Lubaina Himid

A handrawn square painting of a geometric patterned shape in the centre of a pattern of wavey lines creating a quilt effect

Lubaina Himid Tide Change 1998 Courtesy of the artist and Hollybush Gardens © Lubaina Himid

Painting of a house in the shape of a jelly mould with lots of windows and a flat roof in the shape of a figure eight with two tiny bikes in opposite corners. The house site between two tall vase shapes with trees and seating at the top

Lubaina Himid East Wing West Wing 1997-8 Courtesy of the artist and Hollybush Gardens, London © Lubaina Himid

An installation shot displaying four ceramic jelly moulds laid on their sides with two tiny model figures beside them to show scale. The outside of the jelly moulds feature paintings of faces, patterns, a bird and a hand.

Lubaina Himid Jelly Mould Pavilions for Liverpool 2010 Courtesy of the artist and Hollybush Gardens, London © Lubaina Himid

Lubaina Himid, ‘Man in A Shirt Drawer’ 2017–18
Lubaina Himid
Man in A Shirt Drawer 2017–18
© Lubaina Himid

Tate Modern's entrance is via the Turbine Hall on Holland Street. There are automatic sliding doors and a ramp down to the entrance.

The exhibition is on Level 3 of the Natalie Bell building. There are lifts to every floor of the Blavatnik and Nathalie Bell buildings. Alternatively you can take the stairs.

  • Fully accessible toilets are located on every floor on the concourses.
  • A quiet room is available to use in the Natalie Bell Building on Level 4.
  • Ear defenders can be borrowed from the Ticket desks.

To help plan your visit to Tate Modern, have a look at our visual story. It includes photographs and information of what you can expect from a visit to the gallery.

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Visitor numbers are being carefully managed. There are increased cleaning regimes in high use areas, protective screens on desks and counters and hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the gallery. ​

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Our exhibition guide explores the exhibition room by room.

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London SE1 9TG
Plan your visit


25 November 2021 – 3 July 2022

  • Currently booking until 31 March 2022
  • Advance booking is recommended ​
  • All visitors including Members need to book a ticket
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  • This ticket includes access to the collection


£16 / Free with ticket for Members

Concessions available

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Supported by

John J. Studzinski CBE

With additional support from

The Lubaina Himid Exhibition Supporters Circle:

Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman
Lydia and Manfred Gorvy
Bob Rennie

Tate Americas Foundation

Tate International Council

and Tate Patrons

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