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Sutapa Biswas

Reader in Fine Art

Sutapa Biswas is an artist whose work is nationally and internationally recognised and venues that have hosted her artworks include: Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool; Neuberger Museum, New York; ‘Mixed Bathing Worlds 2015 Triennial’, Beppu, Japan; Whitechapel Gallery (London), Havana Biennial (Cuba); Yale University Art Gallery (USA); Melbourne International Arts Festival 2006 (Australia); Art Gallery of Ontario (Canada); Iniva (UK); Reed Gallery (USA); Nara Roesler Gallery (Brazil); Lalit Kala Akademi (India). In 2014/15, she was Tate Artist in Residence as part of ‘RadioCity 2014/15’, and also the Kashima Artist in Residence 2015, supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan. Other recent projects also include a collaboration with the artist Mary Kelly’s for Tate’s online project ‘On the Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Period of Time’ (2015).

Biswas works across different media including painting and drawing, film, digital video, performance and photography. Her art engages with questions of identity, race and gender in relation to time, space and history. Her works are inspired by oral histories, literature and art history. She is particularly interested in the ways in which larger historical narratives collide with personal narratives. Biswas’ works have been widely reviewed and are held in numerous collections including: TATE Collections, Arts Council England, Sheffield Museums and Art Galleries, APT New York, Reed College (USA). She is currently in dialogue with a number of international institutions regarding a range of different forthcoming projects.

Sutapa Biswas has taught Fine Art with Art History at undergraduate and postgraduate level (including MPhil and PhD supervision) for over 30 years. She was the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at Yale Center For British Art (in conjunction with Yale University) USA, and a recipient of a National Endowment for The Arts Award (USA). She has lectured widely internationally including for: the Whitney Programme, New York; Stanford University; New York University; Mills College, USA; University of British Columbia; Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University. Most recently, Biswas was a Reader, Chelsea College of Art and Design, CCW, UAL (2006-2012) and where, in total, she taught for over 23 years.


Sutapa Biswas is a member of the Art and Performance Research Hub.


Biswas-Rodgers, S., 2024. Mixed Bathing World 2015 Triennial.

Biswas, S., Biswas-Rodgers, S., 2021. Lumen: Sutapa Biswas, Kettle's Yard, 16/10/2021 - 30/1/2022.

Biswas-Rodgers, S., Biswas-Rodgers, S., 2021. Lumen: Sutapa Biswas, Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge, 16/10/2021 - 30/1/2022.

Biswas-Rodgers, S., 2021. Lumen: Sutapa Biswas, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK, 26/6/2021 - 20/3/2022.


Ridinghouse, , 2021. 'Sutapa Biswas Lumen'.

Other Outputs

Biswas-Rodgers, S., 2024. 'Flights of Passage by Sutapa Biswas. Part of RadioCity2014/15, Tate Britain'.