The Easel

21st December 2021

Life Between Islands, Tate Britain, review: an exhilarating, ambitious look at the British Caribbean story

Immigrants from the Caribbean arrived in a post-war Britain that was reluctant to accept them. A show of British-Caribbean art belatedly acknowledges their “massive” impact on British culture. Whatever “British-Caribbean” means, it covers a diverse group of artists, making the show “baggy, rowdy … full of competing voices”. Socio-political overtones do not drown out a “celebratory Caribbean aesthetic”. Says one writer “it makes you damn grateful for immigration.”