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Anthea Hamilton to Create Tate Britain Commission 2018

Portrait of Anthea Hamilton
© Valerie Sadoun
Portrait of Anthea Hamilton © Valerie Sadoun

Tate Britain announces Anthea Hamilton as the next artist to undertake the Tate Britain Commission. Unveiled for the first time on 21 March 2018, Hamilton will reveal a major new work, transforming the heart of Tate Britain into an immersive installation that will combine sculpture and performance. The annual commission, supported by Sotheby’s, invites a contemporary British artist to create a new artwork in response to Tate Britain’s grand Duveen Galleries.

Shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2016, Anthea Hamilton is renowned for her bold, often humorous works which incorporate references from the worlds of art, design, fashion and popular culture. She has exhibited widely with recent large-scale, site-specific installations including her Turner Prize nominated exhibition Lichen! Libido! Chastity! at the SculptureCenter in New York, re-staged at Tate Britain in 2016, and Anthea Hamilton Reimagines Kettle’s Yard at The Hepworth Wakefield.

Anthea Hamilton was born in London in 1978 and studied at Leeds Metropolitan University and the Royal College of Art. Research is at the centre of her work, with subjects as diverse as art nouveau design to 1970s disco, studied closely and used as a lens through which to view the world. Hamilton is strongly influenced by the early 20th century French writer and dramatist Antonin Artaud and his call for the ‘physical knowledge of images’. It is this bodily response to an idea or an image that she wants the viewer to experience when encountering her work and its use of unexpected materials, scale and humour.

Alex Farquharson, Director, Tate Britain, said: “We are delighted that Anthea Hamilton will undertake the next Tate Britain Commission. Anthea has made a unique contribution to British and International Art with her visually playful and thoughtful works that seamlessly weave together captivating images and narratives. She creates unforgettable experiences that both provoke and delight and I’m excited to see how she will transform this unique space next year.”

Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s Head of Contemporary Art, Europe said: “Following her provocative and playful installation for the 2016 Turner Prize, Anthea Hamilton is one of the most-talked about artists of the moment, and the unveiling of new work by the artist in the magnificent Duveen Galleries is sure to be an eagerly anticipated fixture on the 2018 arts calendar. Year on year, the ambitious Tate Britain Commission continues to surprise and challenge audiences, and we look forward to seeing what this next instalment brings.”

Tate Britain Commission 2018: Anthea Hamilton is curated by Linsey Young, Curator of Contemporary British Art, Tate, and Sofia Karamani, Assistant Curator of Contemporary British Art, Tate.


The Tate Britain Commission 2018: Anthea Hamilton is the latest in a series of contemporary commissions for Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries which address the heritage of the space as a sculpture gallery. Artists are invited to develop a new work in response to the grand space of Tate Britain’s neo-classical Duveen Galleries. Artists who have previously undertaken commissions in the Duveens at Tate Britain include Cerith Wyn Evans (2017), Pablo Bronstein (2016), Christina Mackie (2015), Phyllida Barlow (2014), Simon Starling (2013), Patrick Keiller (2012), Fiona Banner (2010), Eva Rothschild (2009), Martin Creed (2008), Mark Wallinger (2007), Michael Landy (2004), Anya Gallaccio (2002) and Mona Hatoum (2000).

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Anthea Hamilton was born in London in 1978 and studied at Leeds Metropolitan University and the Royal College of Art. Her solo exhibitions and performances include: Anthea Hamiton Re-imagines Kettle’s Yard, Hepworth Wakefield, UK (2016), LOVE IV: COLD SHOWER (with Nicholas Byrne), Schinkel Pavillion, Berlin, Germany (2016); Lichen! Libido! Chastity! SculptureCenter, New York, USA (2015); House, Oslo, Norway (2015) LET’S GO, Bloomberg SPACE, London, UK (2013); Sorry I’m Late, Firstsite, Colchester, UK (2012); Kabuki, Performance Year Zero, The Tanks, Tate Modern, London, UK (2012); LOVE (with Nicholas Byrne), Frieze Projects East, London, UK (2012); Open Set, IBID Projects, London, UK (2011); Gymnasium, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK (2008); and Cut-Outs, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam (2007). She has participated in numerous group exhibitions that most recently include: British Art Show 8, Hayward Touring (2015-2017); Chance Encounters, LOEWE Foundation, Miami, USA (2015-2016); La Vie Moderne, 13th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France (2016); TERRAPOLIS, NEON and the Whitechapel Gallery, Ecole de Francaise d’Athens, Athens, Greece (2015); 10th Gwangju Biennale: Burning Down the House, Gwangju, South Korea (2014); Notes on Neo Camp, Studio Voltaire, London, UK (2013).

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