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MUST DO: Queer British Art, Tate Britain

Deeply personal works are to be presented in the Tate's first ever LGBT exhibition

Henry Scott Tuke (1858-1929), The Critics (1927)
Oil on board (Warwick District Council, Leamington Spa, UK)

Unbelievably this is the first show at the Tate dedicated to queer British art. Featuring works from 1861–1967 relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer identities, it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England.

Queer British Art explores how artists expressed themselves in a time when established assumptions about gender and sexuality were being questioned and transformed.

Hockney. Image: Tate

Deeply personal and intimate works are presented alongside pieces aimed at a wider public, which helped to forge a sense of community when modern terminology of ‘lesbian’, ‘gay’, ‘bisexual’ and ‘trans’ were unrecognised.

Together, they reveal a remarkable range of identities and stories, from the playful to the political and from the erotic to the domestic.


Expect paintings, drawings, personal photographs and film from artists such as John Singer Sargent, Dora Carrington, Duncan Grant and David Hockney.

Runs 5th April – 1st October at Tate Britain. More info:

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