Getting conversation going


Friday 21 September | 12pm–1pm 

"My way of getting conversation going, or getting people to take action, is by drawing them in and saying: ‘You bring your baggage, your opinion, your life and I’ll bring mine – and let’s try to talk about it." – Lubaina Himid, Turner Prize winner 2017

Lubaina Himid and curator Zoe Whitley explore art as activism, political acts of curating and the sheer joy of art making.

More about Lubaina Himid and Zoe Whitley

Lubaina Himid

Professor Lubaina Himid made history in 2017 by being named the first black female artist – and the oldest artist - to win the Turner Prize, the UK’s most important contemporary art prize. Her multi-disciplinary career, as an artist, curator and teacher is based in Preston, Lancashire, where she is professor of contemporary art at the University of Central Lancashire. Lubaina Himid’s art speaks to the politics of race and gender through wide-ranging visual mediums using found ceramics, painting and large scale cutouts.

Also named Apollo Magazine’s Artist of the Year 2017, Lubaina Himid’s significant recent projects include solo exhibitions at MRAC in Sérignan France, Modern Art Oxford and Spike Island as well as public works for Folkestone Triennale, Baltic in Newcastle and Knole.

Zoe Whitley

Dr Zoe Whitley is Curator, International Art at Tate Modern, London, for which she co-curated the 2017 exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power and was co-editor of its related publication.

Lubaina Himid and Zoe Whitley
Lubaina Himid and Zoe Whitley

Banner image: ’Naming the Money’, Lubaina Himid, 2004,  Installation view Spike Island, Photo: Stuart Whipps. Courtesy the artist and Hollybush Gardens, London.