News & Press


Book Launch Shining Lights: Black Women Photographers in 1980s-90s Britain

16 January 2024

Join us to celebrate the launch of Shining Lights: Black Women Photographers in 1980s-90s Britain, the first book dedicated to the Black female photographers and artists who shaped the cultural landscape of the UK at the time. We are delighted to have partnered with the independent arts publisher MACK, and artist Joy Gregory as editor …


The Guardian feature and interview by Lanre Bakare

8 January 2024

I was interviewed by Lanre Bakare and photographed by Sara Lee for last Monday’s Guardian touching on the Freelands award, the publication of Shining Lights and my current TFL commission.  ‘‘I was told my work wasn’t Black enough’: Joy Gregory on becoming hot property at last. She once struggled for recognition. But now – with …


Freelands Award 2023

2 December 2023

I am beyond delighted to be the recipient of the Freelands award for a major new commision for The Whitechapel Gallery, which will bring together strands from the last 20 years of my practice. This includes extending ongoing research into communities in the Kalahari and the descendents of indigenous and enslaved people in the Caribbean …


Magazine feature in Exit #90 – ALBUM 1- Personal Stories. EXIT MEDIA

10 October 2023

Publication focuses on works by several artists taking memory and archive as their central theme. The work of mine contextualized by Marta Sesé is Old Clothes (2007-present) and Diary (2001-2006). “The photo album contains dimensions that reflect aspects closely linked to the person who makes it: the quality of the paper, the number of watermarks, …


Women in Revolt TATE BRITAIN 8 November 2023 – 7 April 2024

4 October 2023

This exhibition will be the first of its kind – a major survey of work by over 100 women artists working in the UK from 1970 to 1990. Through their creative practices, women’s liberation was forged against the backdrop of extreme social, economic and political change. I am delighted to be showing in this incredible …

Interview, Shows

The Face Article on The Missing Thread: Black British style in all its glory

23 September 2023

I am quoted in this article discussing the exhibition I am part of at Somerset House exploring Black British fashion and its roots and impact on the wider culture. ‘The Missing Thread: UNTOLD STORIES OF BLACK BRITISH FASHION at Somerset House Gallery 21 Sep 2023 – 07 Jan 2024 Artist and photographer Joy Gregory, whose work in …


An online event introducing the book ‘Shining Lights’,

20 September 2023

The Association for Art History in collaboration with Autograph is hosting an online event introducing the book ‘Shining Lights’,  a critical anthology delving into the ground-breaking achievements of Black women photographers in the UK during the 1980s and 1990s. This publication, adorned with captivating images, unlocks a treasure trove of British photographic history including a remarkable …



4 September 2023

From September to the end of November 2023 I will be resident at YCBA developing a new work which reflects on the relationship between my ongoing research in the Caribbean and the Kalahari. As we move into the final quarter of this year I’m looking forward most to spending time at Yale reading books, long …


9th Daegu Photo Biennale

My works from ‘Cinderella Tours Europe’ and ‘Doll’ will be shown at the 9th Daegu Photo Biennale, a unique biennial that focuses solely on photography. This year’s theme focuses on the ongoing power of photography.    The 9th Daegu Biennale is opening on 22nd September in the Daegu Arts Center and runs till November 5th …


The Missing Thread – Untold Stories of Black British Fashion. SOMERSET HOUSE

20 August 2023

This autumn, Somerset House explores the stories of Black British fashion in a major new exhibition, The Missing Thread, curated by the Black Oriented Legacy Development Agency (BOLD). Spanning from the 1970s to the present day, The Missing Thread charts the shifting landscape of Black British culture and the unique contribution it has made to …