This piece shows six tailors around a table, conversing and working. It is exhibited as a diptych alongside Close Up – Materials for Change
, a zoomed-in image of the woven material the tailors work with, laid upon their turquoise tablecloth. The detail that makes up the weave is much more evident in the close-up painting – the complexity of the interactions between the tailors is the focus of the table scene.
Six Tailors - Materials for Change
FSC Certified paper and wood
Date of work
Original: Acrylic on canvas 197 x 271 cm Rennie Collection, Vancouver. Photo: Gavin Renshaw © Lubaina Himid
Lubaina Himid was born in 1954 in Zanzibar, Tanzania but moved to England shortly after her birth. A Turner-prize winning artists, her paintings, prints, drawings and installations celebrate Black creativity and the people of the African diaspora whilst challenging institutional invisibility. The year after she won the Turner prize, she was made a CBE in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to art. She is Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire.