Get Up, Stand Up! A major new exhibition celebrating the past 50 years of Black creativity in Britain and beyond.

A major new Somerset House exhibition celebrating the past 50 years of Black creativity in Britain and beyond.

Header image: Still from Neneh Cherry, Kong, 2018 © Jenn Nkiru

Beginning with the radical Black film maker Horace Ové and his dynamic circle of Windrush generation creative peers and extending to today’s brilliant young Black talent globally, a group of around 100 interdisciplinary artists will showcase work together for the first time, exploring Black experience and influence, from the post-war era to the present day.

In this multi-sensory experience, historic works and new commissions will sit alongside items from personal archives, much of which has never been seen by the public before, tracing more than half a century of collective history. Curator Zak Ové – whose father Horace was the creator of the first feature film by a Black British director – has invited each artist to exhibit for becoming a true groundbreaker of their generation and their genre.


Margaret Busby and Jan Bain-Mottley playing with Peter Minshall’s band, Trinidad, 1996 © Horace Ové

Numerous works will be created especially for the exhibition, championing the wealth of Black creative talent working today. Highlights confirmed include an original soundtrack by Trinidadian DJ, producer and member of Major Lazer, Jillionaire, which will be streamed throughout the exhibition space. Participating Somerset House Studios residents, including artist Larry Achiampong, musician Gaika and filmmaker Jenn Nkiru (who worked on Jay Z’s and Beyoncé’s APESH*T), will also present new pieces for the show.

A Protest, A Celebration, A Mixed Message, 2018 © Rhea Storr

Artists include:
Althea McNish, Armet Francis, Aubrey Williams, Barbara Walker, Black Audio Film Collective, Bradford Young, Campbell Addy, Charlie Phillips, Che Lovelace, Jillionaire/Major Lazer, Cosmo Whyte, Deborah Roberts, Dennis Bovell, Denzil Forrester, Ebony G. Patterson, Errol Lloyd, Gaika, Gary Simmons, Glenn Ligon, Gordon Parks, Hank Willis Thomas, Hassan Hajjaj, Hew Locke, Horace Ové, Hurvin Anderson, Jenn Nkiru, Kehinde Wiley, Larry Achiampong, Lavar Munroe, Libita Clayton, Lisa Brice, Margaret Busby, Mowalola Owgunlesi, Nari Ward, Nick Cave, Normski, Paul Maheke, Rhea Storr, Richard Rawlins, Ronald Moody, Ronan McKenzie, Sanford Biggers, Satch Hoyt, Shabaka Hutchings, Vanley Burke, Yinka Shonibare

Somerset House Trust
Somerset House

12 Jun – 15 Sep 2019
£12.50 / £9.50 concessions, Under 12s free

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