A Brief History of Black British Art


This book is not yet published, but will be available from October 2021.

ISBN: 9781849767569 Category:

Rianna Jade Parker


Black artists have been making major contributions to the global art scene since at least the middle of the twentieth century. While some of these artists – of African and Caribbean descent – have been embraced at times by the art world, they have mostly been neglected or have not received the recognition they deserve.

Taking its starting point as the Windrush-era Caribbean Artists Movement, and considering and contextualising the political, cultural, and artistic climate from which it emerged, this concise introduction showcases the work of seventy Black-British artists from the 1930s until the present. Artworks in a range of media offer a lens through which to understand some of the events and issues confronted and explored, shedding light on the unique Black-British experience. Constructed around contemporary ideas on race, national identity, citizenship, gender, class, sexuality and aesthetics in Britain, this book interrogates themes at the heart of Black-British Art, revealing art in dialogue with a complex past and present. Featuring some of the most prominent and influential Black-British artists of recent decades, as well as less well-known artists, it also includes work from a new generation of artists at the forefront of contemporary art. At a time when visibility within the art world has taken on a renewed urgency, this is a timely and accessible introduction celebrating Black-British artists and their outstanding contribution to art history.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 14 x 17.8 cm
Publisher name Tate Publishing
Publication date 20 October 2021
Number of pages 160
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 14 x 17.8 cm
Weight 300 g


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Rianna Jade Parker is a critic, curator and researcher based in South London. Previously a Tate Collectives Producer and a founding member of interdisciplinary art collective Thick/er Black Lines - whose work has been exhibited at Tate Exchange and in the landmark exhibition Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers. She is a Contributing Editor of Frieze magazine and Associate Lecturer in the Department of Art at Goldsmiths.