Join us at the opening of our new group exhibition The Place Is Here.
Friday 3 February, 6.30pm - 11pm. Galleries open until 9pm.
The exhibition opening is followed by a party until 11pm featuring BBC Radio 6Music DJ, Don Letts.
Free, booking required.
The Place Is Here
The Place Is Here brings together around 100 works by over 30 artists and collectives spanning painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video and archival displays from the 1980s, exploring this pivotal decade for British culture and politics.
The exhibition evokes urgent and wide-ranging conversations taking place between black artists, writers, thinkers and institutions that addressed identity and representation, racism and colonial legacies. The 1980s was a time of racial division, economic inequality and civil unrest in Britain. Equally, art, its history and institutions were perceived as white and western-centric. Today, these debates feel more relevant than ever.
We are proud to announce that cultural icon Don Letts, legendary film maker and BBC Radio 6 Music DJ will be on the decks.
Don Letts’ reputation has been firmly established in both the film and music world by a substantial body of work from the late 70s through the 80s, 90s and well into the millennium. He came to notoriety in the late 70's as the DJ that single handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae.
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Entry includes a free cocktail on a first come first served basis. Limited availability.
The Place Is Here is curated by Nick Aikens and Sam Thorne. The exhibition is an expanded version of a presentation Aikens curated at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, in 2016, titled Thinking Back: A Montage of Black Art in Britain. Archival displays are curated in collaboration with June Givanni, Lubaina Himid, Keith Piper, Vanley Burke and Marlene Smith.
Image credit: Lubaina Himid, A Fashionable Marriage, 1986. Courtesy artist & Hollybush Gardens. Photo Matthew Birchall & Tao Lashley-Burnley.