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

12 Jun 2019 – 15 Sep 2019

Regular hours

11:00 – 20:00
11:00 – 20:00
11:00 – 20:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

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

Bradford Young

Victor Ekpuk

Armet Francis

Barby Asante

Nick Cave

Paul A. Smith

Niyi Olagunju

Gary Simmons

Larry Achiampong

Satch Hoyt

David Hammons

Errol Lloyd

Sonia Boyce

Vanley Burke

Selina Nwulu

Carrie Mae Weems

Dennis Bovell

Hew Locke

Zoe Bedeaux

Barkley L. Hendricks

Linton Kwesi Johnson

Ronald Moody

Martine Rose

Thomas J. Price

Ishmahil Blagrove

Yinka Shonibare

Lubaina Himid

Zak Ové

Maud Sulter

Thick/er Black Lines

Paul Maheke

LR Vandy

Black Audio Film Collective

Zanele Muholi

Hank Willis Thomas


Grace Nicholson

Grace Nicholson

Cosmo Whyte

Franklyn Rodgers

Faisal Abdu'Allah

Phoebe Boswell

Alexis Peskines

Jenn Nkiru


Caleb Femi

Nari Ward

Chris Leacock

Massive Attack

Zadie Smith

Jazzie B

barbara walker

Adjaye Associates

Helen Cammock

Denzil Forrester

Glenn Ligon

Emheyo Bahabba ‘Embah’

Aubrey Williams

Anthea Hamilton

Sanford Biggers

Mowalola Ogunlesi

Chris Ofili

Chris Ofili

Rashid Johnson

Mickalene Thomas

Abe Odedina

Elizabeth Colomba

Ronan McKenzie

Anthony Joseph

Hassan Hajjaj

Florine Demosthene

Derrick Adams

John Akomfrah

Charlie Phillips

Deborah Roberts

A Guy Called Gerald

Jay Bernard

Althea McNish

Ebony G. Patterson

Hurvin Anderson

Grace Wales Bonner

David A. Bailey

Lina Iris Viktor

Campbell Addy

Umar Rashid Frohawk Two Feathers

Gordon Parks

Shabaka Hutchings

Ajamu X

Beteye Saar

Rhea Storr

Steve McQueen

Richard Mark Rawlins

Che Lovelace

Keith Piper

Peter Doig

Libita Clayton

Young Fathers

Kehinde Wiley


Lavar Munroe

Stephen Burks

Marlene Smith

Horace Ové

Lezley Saar

Neil Kenlock

Marlon James

Cooly G

Pauline Black

Benji Reid

Patrick Betaudier

Julie Mehretu

Don Letts

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