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

12 Jun 2019 – 15 Sep 2019

Regular opening hours

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

Deborah Roberts

Jenn Nkiru

Ronan McKenzie

Rashid Johnson

Kehinde Wiley

Anthea Hamilton

Campbell Addy

Lavar Munroe

Chris Ofili

Chris Ofili

Umar Rashid Frohawk Two Feathers

Julie Mehretu

Franklyn Rodgers

Maud Sulter

Pauline Black

David Hammons

Chris Leacock

Linton Kwesi Johnson

Mickalene Thomas

Hew Locke

Thomas J. Price

Lina Iris Viktor

A Guy Called Gerald

John Akomfrah

Helen Cammock

Jay Bernard

Libita Clayton

Yinka Shonibare

Shabaka Hutchings

Rhea Storr

Richard Mark Rawlins

Errol Lloyd

Derrick Adams

Victor Ekpuk

Young Fathers

Dennis Bovell

Gordon Parks

Hurvin Anderson

Glenn Ligon

Nari Ward

Paul A. Smith

Che Lovelace

Sonia Boyce

Horace Ové

Selina Nwulu


Lezley Saar

Ebony G. Patterson

Caleb Femi

Benji Reid

Hassan Hajjaj

Grace Wales Bonner

Jazzie B

Larry Achiampong

Cooly G

Patrick Betaudier

Zadie Smith

Neil Kenlock

Phoebe Boswell

Adjaye Associates

Niyi Olagunju

Armet Francis

Denzil Forrester

Sanford Biggers

Steve McQueen

Satch Hoyt

Aubrey Williams

Marlene Smith

Peter Doig

Cosmo Whyte

Barby Asante

Elizabeth Colomba

Black Audio Film Collective


Carrie Mae Weems

Zoe Bedeaux

Zanele Muholi

Bradford Young

Ishmahil Blagrove

Stephen Burks

Nick Cave

Abe Odedina

Martine Rose

Alexis Peskines

Anthony Joseph

Ajamu X

Thick/er Black Lines

Zak Ové

Grace Nicholson

Grace Nicholson

Lubaina Himid

LR Vandy

Barkley L. Hendricks

Ronald Moody


Marlon James

Vanley Burke

Althea McNish

Keith Piper

Paul Maheke

Florine Demosthene

Massive Attack

Faisal Abdu'Allah

David A. Bailey

Don Letts

Beteye Saar

Gary Simmons

barbara walker

Emheyo Bahabba ‘Embah’

Charlie Phillips

Mowalola Ogunlesi

Hank Willis Thomas

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