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Black Artists in British Art: A Resource

[ Introduction )

We’re shining a spotlight on historic and contemporary Black artists in British art.

As you may know we’re all about Modern British art here, and following our anti-racism statement earlier this year, we’ve been exploring, in more depth, the role of Black artists in the history of Modern British art.

We’ve been sharing so many great resources – articles, books, videos and podcasts, that we wanted to gather them all together in one place for you to enjoy. From pioneering Caribbean artists Ronald Moody, Aubrey Williams and Donald Locke, to long-overlooked artists such as Frank Bowling now getting their dues, and trailblazing contemporary artists including Sonia Boyce and Lubaina Himid – there’s plenty here to read, watch, and listen to…



Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power by Godfrey and Whitley

Black artists in British Art: A History since the 1950s by Eddie Chambers

Black Art: A Cultural History by Richard J Powell

The Whole Picture: The colonial story of the art in our museums by Alice Procter

Stick to the Skin: African American and Black British Art, 1965-2015 by Celeste-Marie Bernier

Lubaina Himid: Workshop Manual by Lubaina Himid, Helen Legg, Courtney Martin, Emma Ridgway and more.

Frank Bowling, Mel Gooding, Royal Academy of Arts



Art UK’s Art Matters podcast with Zoé Whitley, Director of Chisenhale Gallery and one of the co-curators of Tate’s 2017 exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power.

The Influence of the British Black Art movement, Forward Thinking, BBC Radio 3

Lubiana Himid on Desert Island Discs, BBC Radio 4

Black art and activism, Royal Academy Podcast

Black women artists and #blackgirlmagic, Art UK’s Art Matters podcast