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.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.