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

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Somerset House

London, United Kingdom


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  • 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 artistsToggle

Keith Piper

Mickalene Thomas

Anthea Hamilton

Adjaye Associates

Faisal Abdu'Allah

Carrie Mae Weems

David A. Bailey

Benji Reid

Armet Francis

Hurvin Anderson

Nick Cave

Grace Nicholson

Grace Nicholson

Sonia Boyce

Linton Kwesi Johnson

Campbell Addy

Kehinde Wiley

Selina Nwulu

Dennis Bovell

Barby Asante

Ajamu X

Anthony Joseph

Sanford Biggers

Thick/er Black Lines

Jenn Nkiru

Richard Mark Rawlins

Black Audio Film Collective

Grace Wales Bonner

Shabaka Hutchings

Gordon Parks

Thomas J. Price

Mowalola Ogunlesi

Hassan Hajjaj

Ronald Moody

Yinka Shonibare

Pauline Black

Libita Clayton

Patrick Betaudier

Chris Ofili

Chris Ofili

Steve McQueen

Aubrey Williams

Hank Willis Thomas

Phoebe Boswell

Massive Attack

Zadie Smith

John Akomfrah

Chris Leacock

Umar Rashid Frohawk Two Feathers

Rhea Storr

Bradford Young

Nari Ward

Ebony G. Patterson

Paul A. Smith

Neil Kenlock

Che Lovelace

Paul Maheke

Deborah Roberts

Rashid Johnson

Vanley Burke

Victor Ekpuk

Althea McNish

Glenn Ligon

Lavar Munroe

Young Fathers

Elizabeth Colomba

Zoe Bedeaux

Ronan McKenzie

Marlon James

Julie Mehretu

Denzil Forrester

Horace Ové

Peter Doig


Emheyo Bahabba ‘Embah’

Caleb Femi

Lezley Saar

Jazzie B

Stephen Burks

Don Letts

David Hammons

Satch Hoyt

Lina Iris Viktor

Marlene Smith

Barkley L. Hendricks

Beteye Saar

Alexis Peskines

Abe Odedina

Jay Bernard

Ishmahil Blagrove

Florine Demosthene


Charlie Phillips

Niyi Olagunju

Derrick Adams

Zanele Muholi

Hew Locke

A Guy Called Gerald


Maud Sulter

barbara walker

LR Vandy

Helen Cammock

Zak Ové

Gary Simmons

Cosmo Whyte

Larry Achiampong

Franklyn Rodgers

Martine Rose

Errol Lloyd

Lubaina Himid

Cooly G

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