Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers

12 Jun 2019 – 15 Sep 2019

Event times

Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun 10.00-18.00, Wed-Fri 11.00-20.00

Except 11-21 Jul & 08-21 Aug 10.00-18.00 (last entry 1 hour prior to closing time)

Cost of entry

£12.50 / £9.50 concessions, Under 12s free

Somerset House

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 77a, 91 and 176, while the River Bus Service can be taken to Embankment and Savoy Piers.
  • Temple, Covent Garden, Charing Cross and Embankment.
  • Charing Cross, Waterloo and Blackfriars.

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


Beginning with the radical Black filmmaker 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.

Exhibiting artists

Rashid Johnson

Carrie Mae Weems

Chris Ofili

Chris Ofili

Massive Attack

Black Audio Film Collective

Mowalola Ogunlesi

Maud Sulter

Paul Maheke

Grace Wales Bonner

Adjaye Associates

Hassan Hajjaj

Faisal Abdu'Allah


Helen Cammock

Lubaina Himid

Franklyn Rodgers

Selina Nwulu

Yinka Shonibare

Cooly G

Chris Leacock

Bradford Young

Shabaka Hutchings

Abe Odedina

Thick/er Black Lines


Victor Ekpuk

Peter Doig

Cosmo Whyte

Dennis Bovell

Armet Francis

Neil Kenlock

Anthea Hamilton

Lezley Saar

Ajamu X

John Akomfrah

Don Letts

Ronan McKenzie

Sonia Boyce

Patrick Betaudier

Zak Ové

Steve McQueen

Jenn Nkiru

Horace Ové

David A. Bailey

Glenn Ligon

Ebony G. Patterson

Beteye Saar

Elizabeth Colomba

Paul A. Smith

Pauline Black

Kehinde Wiley

Zoe Bedeaux

Gary Simmons

Gordon Parks

Satch Hoyt

Hew Locke

Jazzie B

Umar Rashid Frohawk Two Feathers

Charlie Phillips

Thomas J. Price

Nari Ward


Niyi Olagunju

Barby Asante

Emheyo Bahabba ‘Embah’

David Hammons

Lavar Munroe

Hank Willis Thomas

Larry Achiampong

Nick Cave

Campbell Addy

Ronald Moody

Ishmahil Blagrove

Zanele Muholi

Mickalene Thomas

Marlene Smith

Grace Nicholson

Grace Nicholson

Jay Bernard

Linton Kwesi Johnson

Stephen Burks

Phoebe Boswell

Libita Clayton

Derrick Adams

Florine Demosthene

Denzil Forrester

Errol Lloyd

Che Lovelace

Marlon James

Rhea Storr

Lina Iris Viktor

Barkley L. Hendricks

Alexis Peskines

LR Vandy

Julie Mehretu

Young Fathers

Vanley Burke

Hurvin Anderson

Martine Rose

Keith Piper

Zadie Smith

Aubrey Williams

Althea McNish

Deborah Roberts

Richard Mark Rawlins

Benji Reid

barbara walker

Sanford Biggers

Anthony Joseph

Caleb Femi

A Guy Called Gerald

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