Image credit: The Sugar Shack, Ernie Barnes, 1972-76, acrlic on canvas

Back to Black
Art Cinema and the Racial Imaginary

This major international exhibition explores the work and influence of black artists working in America, Britain and jamaica in the 1960’s and 70’s. It traces the cultural impact of the Black Arts Movement through the painting, sculpture, photography, graphics and film that emerged over the two decades.


Symbols such as the raised fist, Afro and dreadlock hairstyles, African and Carribean inspired clothing, media images of the inhabitants of the ghetto, and icons such as Mohammed Ali and Bob Marley all infiltrated the art and popular culture of the period.