Tate Britain to Host First Major ‘Queer British Art’ Exhibition

The Tate have revealed major new plans for a ‘Queer British Art’ exhibition to head Tate Britain’s lead 2017 programme.

The plans were announced last week and correlate with the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967. Featured artists include David Hockney, Francis Bacon, John Singer Sargent, Dora Carrington and Duncan Grant in an exhibition that will explore what it meant to be queer between “the period from the abolition of the death penalty for buggery” in 1861 to full decriminalisation in the mid 20th century.

Bathing by Duncan Grant, 1911, oil paint on canvas. Photograph: Tate

Bathing by Duncan Grant, 1911, oil paint on canvas. Photograph: Tate

The Tate’s release hinted towards the “playful to the political, the erotic to the domestic”, showcasing the “rich diversity” of queer art produced in the UK. The exhibition with demonstrate through art “how seismic shifts in gender and sexuality found expression in the arts.”

David Hockney’s Model with Unfinished Self-Portrait, 1977. Photograph: Private collection

David Hockney’s Model with Unfinished Self-Portrait, 1977. Photograph: Private collection

“There is definitely a bit of torture and misery in the show,” curator Clare Barlow told the Guardian. “But it will be a show with a lot of quieter moments and really beautiful moments, and art which just celebrates the humdrum, the backdrop to people’s everyday lives, the houses they shared with their lovers. That is often every bit as radical as the stories and court cases we gasp over.”

Queer British Art will show at the Tate Britain from April 5 to October 1, 2017