Get Up Stand Up Now - 50 years of Black Creativity

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Was recommended to attend Get up stand up exhibition now - 50 years of of black creativity this summer by a friend, at somerset house in London. I had a nostalgia moment of the term, bringing me right back to the song that i would hear throughout my childhood. The sounds of Bob Marley playing in our family home by my dad. I was immediately sold to attend, Not to also mention it was celebrating 50 years of black Creativity. I was also looking for some artistic inspiration, so why not?

The words Get up Stand up clearly highlight the importance of standing up for your rights, which as we know the black race have had to do for many reasons more than one.

Richard Rawlins, The True Crown’, from the series I AM SUGAR, 2018.

Richard Rawlins, The True Crown’, from the series I AM SUGAR, 2018.

In the midst of the persecution though, we have the historical records to display the ability to rise above through every challenge. What comes to mind is Diamonds, do you know what it takes to make a diamond? According to science, diamonds are formed through a combination of high temperatures and extreme pressure. These stones are considered to be one of the most precious stones in the world, and require at least 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit to be created. So clearly to get the precious gems out of us, it requires uncomfortable situations, heated environments so we can see what is on the inside of us. The elders have this saying “ The hotter the battle the sweeter the victory” Am i saying they should of been mistreated absolutely not, but lets look at what comes out of a situation that takes us to dig deep from within by faith

“ Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset—rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same identical sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world.And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favour], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the dominion (power, authority, rule) forever and ever. Amen (so be it). 1 Peter 5v 9-11

We will have sufferings its is inevitable in this life but through them we have been given a strategy in Christ to live through them onto the other side

1 Be Firm in Faith

2 Be Rooted

3 Be Established

4 Be Strong

5 Be immovable

6 Be Determined

and after we have gone through the challenge standing firm in the word, Christ overflows in favour and blessings, by bringing peace and settling us from the inside. Thats what Get Up stand up Now means to me.

When i have the opportunity to experience inspirational moments and events now, i immediately think of my daughter getting in on it. This is so her aspirations and her cogs can start turning to expand her capacity to dream. It was a time of looking at records of history and discussing, learning in an array of ways other than solely on the school linear ways of teaching. Oh. it became a whole family summer trip with my sister and nieces and nephew! Needless to say we bonded and we experienced the culture of Art , Politics, Faith and race.

What i got from this Trip was, how important it is to document and record. If not for the people who kept the archives of images, audio and Historical articles. Myself and my family would of never been able to get involved in the moment now. It has given me a new sense of value for photographs, letters, galleries and stories.

What exhibitions have you visited?