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Sonia Boyce, Lay Back, Keep Quiet and Think of What Made Britain So Great, 1986. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © Sonia Boyce. All Rights Reserved. DACS 2015.

Sonia Boyce, Lay Back, Keep Quiet and Think of What Made Britain So Great, 1986. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, Lond

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The Place Is Here Exhibition Opening

03 Feb 2017

Join us at the opening of our new group exhibition The Place Is Here.

Friday 3 February, 6.30pm - 11pm. Galleries open until 9pm.

The exhibition opening is followed by a party until 11pm featuring BBC Radio 6 Music DJ, Don Letts.

Free, booking required. Book now >>

Important information:

An astonishing number of you have already registered to attend The Place Is Here opening reception that we are now having to run a waiting list via eventbrite.

Please however do not be put off by this and do sign up to the waiting list here. As like many free events we do expect a proportion of bookers not to show up and we will be able to get you in to see the show more quickly if we have your name already down on the wait list.


The Place Is Here

The Place Is Here brings together around 100 works by over 30 artists and collectives spanning painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video and archival displays from the 1980s, exploring this pivotal decade for British culture and politics.

The exhibition evokes urgent and wide-ranging conversations taking place between black artists, writers, thinkers and institutions that addressed identity and representation, racism and colonial legacies. The 1980s was a time of racial division, economic inequality and civil unrest in Britain. Equally, art, its history and institutions were perceived as white and western-centric. Today, these debates feel more relevant than ever.

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We are proud to announce that cultural icon Don Letts, legendary film maker and BBC Radio 6 Music DJ will be on the decks.

Don Letts’ reputation has been firmly established in both the film and music world by a substantial body of work from the late 70's through the 80's, 90’s and well into the millennium. He came to notoriety in the late 70's as the DJ that single handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae.

Directing over 300 music videos for an eclectic mix of diverse artists ranging from Public Image to Bob Marley, Letts then moved into documentary work covering the likes of Gil Scot-Heron, The Jam, Sun Ra, George Clinton and most recently Paul McCartney.

Don continues to D.J nationally and internationally playing strictly old and new school dub reggae. His set is in the spirit of his time as D.J at London’s legendary Roxy club back in ’77.


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Entry includes a free cocktail on a first come first served basis. Limited availability.

The Place Is Here is curated by Nick Aikens and Sam Thorne. The exhibition is an expanded version of a presentation Aikens curated at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, in 2016, titled Thinking Back: A Montage of Black Art in Britain. Archival displays are curated in collaboration with Vanley Burke, June Givanni, Lubaina Himid, Claudette Johnson, Keith Piper and Marlene Smith.



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