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

Somerset House, London
This book was publishes alongside the exhibition Get Up, Stand Up Now. Curated by artist Zak OvéGet Up, Stand Up Now starts with the work of his father, Horace Ové, creator of the first feature film by a Black British director, and his creative circle who were part of what is now known as the Windrush generation. Together they spearheaded a new cultural wave in 1960s and 1970s Britain, which drew on their African-Caribbean heritage and their experiences in their new home. Their work created ripples of change, inspiring successive generations, who, as a result, have articulated their truths in challenging and innovative ways. Through cultural exchanges and collaborations across the African diaspora, these trailblazing creatives continue to change the consciousness of British society today.  Curator Zak Ové has invited each artist to exhibit for becoming a true groundbreaker of their generation and their genre.
Numerous works will be created especially for the exhibition, championing the wealth of contemporary Black creative talent.  Highlights confirmed include an original soundtrack by Trinidadian DJ, producer and member of Major Lazer, Jillionaire, which will be streamed throughout the exhibition space.  Participating Somerset House Studios residents, including artistLarry Achiampong, musician Gaika and film maker Jenn Nkiru (who worked on Jay Z’s and Beyoncé’s APESH*T), will also present new pieces for the show.
Artists include:
Althea McNish, Armet Francis, Aubrey Williams, Barbara Walker, Black Audio Film Collective, Bradford Young, Campbell Addy, Charlie Phillips, Che Lovelace, Cosmo Whyte, Deborah Roberts, Dennis Bovell, Denzil Forrester, Ebony G. Patterson, Errol Lloyd, Gaika, Gary Simmons, Glenn Ligon, Gordon Parks, Hank Willis Thomas, Hassan Hajjaj, Hew Locke, Horace Ové, Hurvin Anderson, Jenn Nkiru, Kehinde Wiley, Larry Achiampong, Lavar Munroe, Libita Clayton, Lisa Brice, Margaret Busby, Mowalola Ogunlesi, Nari Ward, Nick Cave, Normski, Paul Maheke, Rhea Storr, Richard Rawlins, Ronald Moody, Ronan McKenzie, Sanford Biggers, Satch Hoyt, Shabaka Hutchings, Vanley Burke, Yinka Shonibare, with a specially commissioned soundtrack by Jillionaire of Major Lazer.


Published by Somerset House to accompany the major group show, 12 June - 15 September 2019.

Curatd by Zak Ové.


ISBN: 978-1-9996154-4-4