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Gordon de la Mothe

Identifier: MOTHE

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Gordon de la Mothe was born in Carriacou in Grenada in 1933. In 1958 he moved to England where after working in a factory as a labourer studied Art first at Luton College of Art (1967-69) before gaining a diploma in Art and Design at Maidstone College of Art and an Art Teachers diploma at the University of Liverpool. He then became an art teacher.

Whilst operating as an art teacher, de la Mothe was an active artist producing a number of works that were exhibited between (1974-1990) at the: New English Art Club, Tower Gallery, Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists and the Black Arts Gallery. de la Mothe was also active in the Caribbean Teachers Association campaigning against racism in education, calling for the extension of the curriculum to consider the needs of African-Caribbean students, and working to raise the attainment of African Caribbean Students.

De la Mothe has also written on Black representation in art and the Caribbean education movement in Britain. In 1993 he published 'Reconstructing the Black Image'. Many of his art work relates to with concepts of racialised beauty, sexuality and race relations. Gordon la Mothe returned to live in Grenada in 1990s after over 30 years of living in England. He won an OBE for his contribution to education and art in November 2015.


  • Creation: c1959-2009

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Gordon de la Mothe

Biographical / Historical

In 2017 additional materials for MOTHE/3 were added by Mishka Chisholm a UCL cataloguing placement student


5 folders, 1 poster box and 1 box

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Black Cultural Archives: Gordon de la Mothe
Black Cultural Archives
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Black Cultural Archives
1 Windrush Square