This summer, Somerset House celebrates the impact of 50 years of Black creativity in Britain and beyond, with a landmark exhibition showcasing art, film, photography, music, literature, design and fashion.  It is the first time that this distinguished group of approximately 100 artists are represented together, with their work articulating and addressing the Black experience and sensibility, from the post-war era to the present day.

Historic artworks and new commissions sit alongside items from personal archives, much of which has never been seen by the public before. Through these original photographs, letters, films and audio clips, the exhibition connects the creative, the personal and the political, reflecting how artists have responded to the issues of our times.

Metro Imaging was once again delighted to be working with Somerset House on another captivating and significant exhibition. For ‘Get- Up, Stand up Now!‘, we produced a selection of artworks in various formats beginning with high-res drum scans followed by creative retouch before printing works on c-type matt, c-type metallic and black & white fibre papers. The printed artworks were then completed with our custom mounting and finishing ready for install at West Wing Galleries.

Curator, artist 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 artist Larry Achiampong, musician Gaika and filmmaker Jenn Nkiru (who worked on Jay Z’s and Beyoncé’s APESH*T), will also present new pieces for the show.

This extensive collection of work will be on show from Wednesday 12 June until Sunday 15th September 2019 at West Wing Galleries, Somerset House.

For Booking, Events and More info please see the Somerset house events page.

1. Get Up, Stand Up Now, source image courtesy of Zoe Bedeaux
2. Still from Neneh Cheery’s Kong 2018 © Jenn Nkiru
3.  Install shot by Peter Macdiarmid. Courtesy of The Evening Standard. Get Up, Stand Up Now Exhibition at Somerset House (2019).