We are delighted to announce that our alumni artist Lubaina Himid is nominated for the 2017 Turner Prize for her simultaneous solo exhibitions at Spike Island, Bristol and Modern Art Oxford, and her participation in the group exhibition The Place is Here at Nottingham Contemporary. Described by The Telegraph as "the under-appreciated hero of black British art", Himid (b. 1954, Zanzibar, lives and works in Preston) works in painting, drawing, installation and printmaking and was a member of the Black Arts Movement of the 1980s. Her work is politically critical, tackling questions of race, gender and class.
Himid presented her solo exhibition Navigation Charts at Spike Island from 20 January to 26 March 2017. This exhibition drew together paintings and installations from the late 1990s to the present day to consider issues of labour, migration and creativity. This exhibition took place alongside two other major UK presentations of Himid’s work: Invisible Strategies, a simultaneous solo exhibition at Modern Art Oxford and The Place is Here, a group show at Nottingham Contemporary which traces conversations between black artists, writers and thinkers in 1980s Britain.
Works in the exhibition courtesy the artist, Hollybush Gardens and National Museums Liverpool: International Slavery Museum.
Lubaina Himid's exhibition was supported by Arts Council England Strategic Touring fund.