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Lubaina Himid

Lubaina Himid MBE is an artist and professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire.

In her artistic, academic and curatorial work, Himid brings forth and celebrates the lives and histories of people of the Black diaspora.

Himid has exhibited work in a number of major institutions such as Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; South London Gallery; Spike Island, Bristol; Modern Art Oxford, Nottingham Contemporary and Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

Forthcoming solo exhibitions include Musée régional d’art contemporain Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée, Sérignan, and Frans Hals Museum, Utrecht.

Her work is held in several public collections, including National Museums Liverpool, Tate, Museum Ludwig, Arts Council Collections, Rhode Island School of Design, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

She is the winner of the 2017 Turner Prize.

Lubaina Himid

Breaking in, Breaking out, Breaking up, Breaking down.

Director's Programme

In collaboration with The Hunterian / University of Glasgow.

The magnificent main hall of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is the site of a new commission by celebrated Preston-based artist Lubaina Himid MBE, winner of the Turner Prize 2017.

Himid, who has a long association with Glasgow, creates a giant train carriage suspended in mid-air in the centre of the atrium, adorned with mythical creatures taken from motifs in the architecture of the space. The Wagon after appearing to hurtle through the building is wedged, held in the moment, uncertain in its fury whether safety or danger lies ahead.

Himid’s work seeks to probe overlooked histories within art and culture, in particular those of people of colour. Her career began as a theatre set designer in the 1970s and this work, raised high above the ground, might be an inserted and pointed prop, exciting both wonder and critique amidst the mise-en-scene of everyday civic life.

Commissioned by Glasgow International. Supported by the Henry Moore Foundation.

Limited editions of the image above are now available to buy from the GI Shop. Please note that this is not the same work that will be on display in Kelvingrove.

Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Thu & Sat, 10am-5pm
Fri & Sun, 11am-5pm

Lubaina Himid in Conversation with Mother Tongue


Having transformed the main hall of Kelvingrove Art Gallery with her commission for GI 2018 – Breaking in, Breaking out, Breaking up, Breaking down, Lubaina Himid is joined in conversation with Mother Tongue (Tiffany Boyle & Jessica Carden), discussing her new work, her personal connection to Glasgow, and wider themes of overlooked histories within art and culture, in particular those of people of colour. 

Free, booking required. Book via Eventbrite.

Sat 21 April, 2pm-3pm

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