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David Hockney’s ‘Peter Getting Out of Nick’s Pool’, 1966Courtesy David Hockney/Collection: Walker Art Gallery

A ‘Queer British Art’ exhibition will show at the Tate

The collection will celebrate 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality

The Tate has announced plans to show the first major ‘queer’ art exhibition next year, to celebrate 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised in the UK.

Queer British Art will reportedly show at the Tate Britain next April, and will feature the work of artists like Gluck, John Singer Sargent, Duncan Grant, Dora Carrington, David Hockney and Francis Bacon. According to the show’s press release, the work will span “the period from the abolition of the death penalty for buggery” in 1861 to full decriminalisation in 1967.

“From the playful to the political, the erotic to the domestic, this exhibition showcases the rich diversity of queer British art,” the Tate announced this morning. “(It will show) how seismic shifts in gender and sexuality found expression in the arts. Together, these works helped to shape new forms of identity and community.”

Other shows that were announced by the Tate this morning include the retrospectives of Rachel Whiteread, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. In addition, London’s Tate Modern has also announced next July’s Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, which will explore the beginnings of the ‘black art’ movement between 1963 and 1983.

Queer British Art will show at the Tate Britain from April 5 to October 1, 2017