Get Up, Stand Up Now at Somerset House

Jenn Nkiru, Still from Neneh Cherry, Kong, 2018

Among the 100 artists whose work collectively forms Get Up, Stand Up Now at Somerset House, there are two Turner Prize winners, one of whom is also the proud owner of an Academy Award, two Young Poetry Laureates for London, some Oscar nominees and a Commonwealth Poetry Prize winner. In short, it's an exhibition replete with major talent. Curated by Zak Ové, it charts 50 years of black artists and generations of creativity, starting with his own father, Trinidadian director Horace Ové. Horace is credited as the first Black British director to pave the way for future talent such as Steve McQueen - the aforementioned Turner Prize and Academy Award winner.

Get Up, Stand Up Now at Somerset House

Aubrey Williams, Maya Series Cenote IV

The other Turner Prize winner featured is Lubaina Himid, whose painting Venice Maps: Ceramicists (2017) is exhibited as a representation of the contribution that Africans have made to the cultural history of Venice. As well as art and film, fashion, music, literature, design and photography all play a part, with new talent such as Campbell Addy and Yinke Ilori (who designed the pavilion at Dulwich Picture Gallery this year) exhibiting their work.

This is a landmark exhibition and the first time that these 100 artists have all been represented in the same place at the same time. Their collective work shown in this way - made up of new commissions and historic artworks - articulates, expresses and portrays the Black experience and sensibility, from the post-war era to now across Britain and beyond. Get Up, Stand Up Now runs until 15 September 2019 at the West Wing Galleries at Somerset House.

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