Nottingham Contemporary is bringing together over 100 pieces by 30 black artists and collectives in their major new exhibition. It explores paintings, sculptures, photography and video displays from the 1980s.

The Place Is Here‘ is bringing back some of the urgent and wide-ranging conversations that took place between UK black artists, writers and institutions in the decade.

Britain was at that time, a place of racial division and civil unrest, where most institutions were perceived as white and western-dominated. The questions the exhibition asks about identity, representation and what the culture is for, still remain relevant today.

Hundreds have attended the exhibition since it’s opening on February 4th.  It has also received incredible reviews from The Telegraph and The Observer. According to the Contemporary, the exhibition’s ability to venture into the unknown is bringing many to see it.

“It’s interesting how the new world leaves the old world behind.”
Gallery Assistant, Nottingham Contemporary

The display is an extensive public engagement programme which is supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring programme which examines race, gender and social justice.

The Contemporary say that The Place is Here is conceived as a montage: “Different positions, voices, media and archives are assembled to present a portrait of a period that is not tightly defined, finalised or pinned down.”

The Place is Here in Nottingham
Lubaina Himid, A Fashionable Marriage, 1986

The Place Is Here is available to view at the Nottingham Contemporary until the 30th April.