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|Born||1954 (age 66–67)|
|Alma mater||Wimbledon School of Art|
Royal College of Art
|Occupation||Artist, professor, curator|
|Awards||Turner Prize (2017)|
Lubaina Himid CBE (born 1954) is a British artist and curator. She is a professor of contemporary art at the University of Central Lancashire. Her art focuses on themes of cultural history and reclaiming identities.
Himid was one of the first artists involved in the UK's Black Art movement in the 1980s and continues to create activist art which is shown in galleries in Britain, as well as worldwide.[non-primary source needed] Himid was appointed MBE in June 2010 for "services to Black Women's Art" won the Turner Prize in 2017  and was made a CBE in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours "for services to art."
Himid was born in Zanzibar Sultanate (then a British protectorate, now part of Tanzania) in 1954 and moved to Britain with her mother, a textile designer, following the death of her father when she was just four months old. She attended the Wimbledon College of Art, where she studied Theatre Design, obtaining her B.A. in 1976. She received her Master's degree in Cultural History from the Royal College of Art in London in 1984.
Himid has organized several exhibitions of work by black women artists, including Black Woman Time Now at the Battersea Arts Centre in London (1983) and Five Black Women, an exhibition in 1983 at the Africa Centre, London. Other exhibitions include: Into the Open (1984), The Thin Black Line (1985), Unrecorded Truths (1986), Out There Fighting (1987), New Robes for MaShulan (1987), and State of the Art (1987). Into the Open, presented at Mappin Art Gallery in Sheffield, was widely regarded as the first major exhibit of the new generation of black British artists. Naming the Money (2004), presents an exuberant crowd of 100 enslaved people, in the roles they played in the princely courts of Europe: everything from dog-trainers, toy makers and mapmakers to dancing masters, musicians and painters. They were bought as the 'property' of wealthy Europeans at a time when Africans were regarded as units of currency and black servants were status symbols. Encountering these victims of eighteenth-century human trafficking, the visitor learns their original identities as well as those imposed on them.
"Himid's work has long been concerned with black creativity, history and identity and this animated throng represents the Africans who were brought to Europe as slave servants. There are drummers, dog trainers, dancers, potters, cobblers, gardeners and players of the viola da gamba, all decked out in vivid versions of 17th century costume. Labels on their backs identify each individual, giving both their original African names and occupations as well those imposed by their new European owners, and these poignant texts also form part of an evocative soundtrack, interspersed with snatches of Cuban, Irish, Jewish and African music."
Himid has held positions on many boards and panels. She is on the board of trustees for the Lowry Arts Centre Manchester. Additionally, she is a board member for Arts Council England Visual Arts, Creative Partnerships East Lancs and Arts Council England North West. Previous board memberships include Matt's Gallery, London (2002–05), and Tate Liverpool Council (2000, 2005). From 1985 until 1987 Himid was on the Greater London Arts Association Visual Arts Panel.
In 2017 Himid became the first black woman to win the Turner Prize. She was the oldest person to be nominated for the prize since the rules changed to allow nominations of artists over the age of 50. There were, however, older nominees in the 1980s, before the age limit was introduced in 1994.
Himid's work is in public collections including at the Tate, Victoria & Albert Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery, Arts Council England, Manchester Art Gallery, International Slavery Museum, Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, Birmingham City Art Gallery, Bolton Art Gallery, New Hall, Cambridge, and the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston.