UK galleries have embraced black artists, says exhibition curator

Britain’s cultural institutions are more open than ever before to black British culture and the artists behind it, according to the curator of a landmark exhibition that charts 50 years of black creativity in the UK.

Zak Ové, an artist and the curator of Get Up, Stand Up Now – which opens at Somerset House in London on Wednesday – believes black British artists are finally being properly represented in UK museums and galleries.

“They’ve acknowledged a place for us,” said Ové, whose father, Horace Ové, is one of Britain’s most celebrated black film-makers and photographers. “That always existed in music, but now it’s open for the art world.

“The horizons have broadened. Before, Africa was treated as something antiquated; African art was something old that you looked at in the British Museum. Black British artists were ignored, mostly. But now more institutions are opening themselves up to the contemporary artists, and showing contemporary life for people in the global diaspora.” Continue reading…

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