Lubaina Himid

Professor of Contemporary Art

University of Central Lancashire

As a painter, writer and curator Lubaina Himid has participated at an international level in exhibitions conferences books and films on the visual art of the Black Diaspora since the early 1980’s.

"Naming the Money" (2004) which also appeared as part of the V&A exhibition "Uncomfortable Truths" (2007), "Swallow Hard : The Lancaster Dinner service" (2007) and "Talking on Corners Speaking in Tongues" (2007) were all central to the cultural events surrounding the commemoration of the 200th anniversary the Abolition of the Slave Trade in Britain.

Her contribution to the publication (2005) and conference (2001) Shades of Black Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain at Duke University in the U.S.A. spoke of the importance of black artists archiving the history of their own visual contribution.

In "Fabrications" at CUBE in Manchester a group show in which with her monumental installation "Cotton. Com" (2002) she explored the tangible yet hidden links between the factories in Manchester and the fields of Carolina. For "Inside the Invisible" (2001) commissioned by The Leprosy Museum in Bergen she examined the twin dilemmas of identity and belonging, which developed out of the questions asked in the solo exhibitions Plan B at Tate St Ives and Zanzibar at Oriel Mostyn in 2000.

Curating exhibitions and small interventions in spaces such as the Bowes Museum County Durham (2004) and educational, cultural, and community venues in the north west has recently been central to her practice as a visual art facilitator and cultural activist.

As part of the larger project started in the early 80’s with shows such as the "Thin Black Line" (1986) and "Black Woman Time Now" (1983) devised to highlight the contribution black artists have made to visual art in Britain, she has with Susan Walsh in collaboration with the Interpretation and Education Team at Tate Liverpool, produced and distributed "Open Sesame" (2005) and "The Point of Collection" (2007). These are two DVD/text research documents which examine and reveal the contribution made to the exhibition education and collecting strategies at Tate in recent decades by artists of African, African/American, Asian and Caribbean descent.

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