Tate Britain
Wednesday 28 June 14:30 to 15:30

Discover the first exhibition dedicated to queer British art with curator, Clare Barlow.



Featuring works from 1861–1967 relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) identities, the show marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England. Queer British Art exhibition curator, Clare Barlow, 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.

With paintings, drawings, personal photographs and film from artists such as John Singer Sargent, Dora Carrington, Duncan Grant and David Hockney the diversity of queer British art is celebrated as never before.  

Duncan Grant - Bathing
Simeon Soloman Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Mytilene
William Strang - Lady with a red hat
Clare Barlow, Tate Exhibition Curator

Clare Barlow is curating the exhibition ‘Queer British Art, 1861-1967’ at Tate Britain, 5 April-1 October 2017 and is Assistant Curator British Art, 1750-1830 at Tate Britain. She has curated a wide range of displays from The Art of Drawing, 1670-1780 to Jacob Epstein: Portrait Sculptor and has assisted on exhibitions including British Folk Art (Tate Britain, 2014) and Brilliant Women: 18th Century Bluestockings (National Portrait Gallery, 2008).