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John Lyons at Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art 1950s - Now

John Lyons is part of the brand new exhibition Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art 1950s - Now at the Tate. The exhibition runs until 3 April 2022, and is supported by the Deborah Loeb Brice Foundation, with additional support from the Life Between the Islands Exhibition Supporters Circle, Tate Americas Foundation, Tate Patrons and Tate Members.

Open daily from 10am until 6pm, Life Between Islands will be a landmark exhibition exploring the extraordinary breadth of Caribbean-British art over four generations. It will be the first time a major national museum has told this story in such depth, showcasing 70 years of culture, experiences and ideas expressed through art, from visionary paintings to documentary photography. The exhibition will feature over 40 artists working across film, photography, painting, sculpture and fashion, including those of Caribbean heritage as well as those inspired by the Caribbean, such as Ronald Moody, Frank Bowling, Sonia Boyce, Claudette Johnson, Peter Doig, Hew Locke, Steve McQueen, Grace Wales Bonner, Alberta Whittle and painter and poet John Lyons.

The exhibition begins with artists of the Windrush generation who came to Britain in the 1950s, moving onto the Caribbean Artists Movement, then the rise of Black Power and the Black Art Movement, and through to those artists who emerged on this side of the millennium.

Life Between Islands is curated by David A Bailey, Artistic Director of the International Curators Forum, and Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain. It will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue from Tate Publishing and an anthology entitled Liberation Begins in the Imagination: Writings on British Caribbean Art from Tate Publishing and ICF the International Curators Forum.

The full list of featured artists includes Njideka Akunyili Crosby (b.1983), Hurvin Anderson (b.1965), Martina Attille (b.1959), Frank Bowling (b.1934), Sonia Boyce (b.1962), Lisa Brice (b.1968), Vanley Burke (b.1951), Pogus Caesar (b.1953), Eddie Chambers (b.1960), Blue Curry (b.1974), Paul Dash (b.1946), Peter Doig (b.1959), Denzil Forrester (b.1956), Armet Francis (b.1945), Joy Gregory (b.1959), Lubaina Himid (b.1954), Claudette Johnson (b.1959), Liz Johnson Artur (b.1964), Tam Joseph (b.1947), Isaac Julien (b.1960), Roshini Kempadoo (b.1959), Neil Kenlock (b.1950), Donald Locke (1930 – 2010), Hew Locke (b.1959), John Lyons (b,1933), Michael McMillan (b.1962), Althea McNish (1924- 2020), Steve McQueen (b.1969), Marcia Michael (b.1973), Ronald Moody (1900-84), Dennis Morris (b.1960), Chris Oflili (b.1968), The Otolith Group (founded 2002), Horace Ové (b.1939), Zak Ové (b.1966), Ada M. Patterson (b.1994), Charlie Phillips (b.1944), Keith Piper (b.1960), Ingrid Pollard (b.1953), Grace Wales Bonner (b.1990), Barbara Walker (b.1964), Maxine Walker (b.1962), Vron Ware (b.1952), Alberta Whittle (b.1980), Aubrey Williams (1926-90), Denis Williams (b.1923-98).

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