Black is the New Black: Portraits by Simon Frederick

Black is the New Black: Portraits by Simon Frederick

Black is the New Black: Portraits by Simon Frederick

29 September 2018 - 27 January 2019

Room 33, Floor 1

Free

Portraits by Simon Frederick

Portraits by Simon Frederick

29 September 2018 - 27 January 2019

Room 33, Floor 1

Free

Black is the New Black brings together exceptional figures from the world of politics, business, culture, religion and science to celebrate black British achievement today. Artist and director Simon Frederick photographed sitters ranging from Naomi Campbell, Sir Trevor McDonald and Thandie Newton to musician Jazzie B of Soul II Soul and footballer Les Ferdinand, to recognise the profound impact of black individuals on British culture. The portraits were made as part of Frederick’s acclaimed BBC Two documentary series of 2016 on black culture in modern Britain. This display celebrates their acquisition as the largest group of portraits of Afro-Caribbean sitters into the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection.

Browse the full set of Simon Frederick’s photographs of influential black Britons here

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The ‘Black Is The New Black’ exhibition app brings the physical and digital worlds together, for a dynamic augmented reality experience. Open the app up, point your camera at the portrait you’re viewing and clips of the people featured - from David Harewood to Naomi Campbell - are yours to see. Shot as a part of the BBC Series of the same name, this offers extra insight into the minds of some of the country’s most eminent Black talent over fashion, film, science, and sport.

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Events

Events (6)

6 events matching the search term BAME

Screening: Windrush Generations

Screening: Windrush Generations

A part of Friday Lates
16 November 2018, 19:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Rachel Wang, Co-Founder of Chocolate Films, introduces the latest cinema programme from the multi award-winning 1000 Londoners project.


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In Conversation: Black is the New Black

In Conversation: Black is the New Black

A part of Friday Lates
14 December 2018, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Artist and director Simon Frederick shines a light on the extraordinary achievements being made by Britain's black community celebrated in his current display of photographs, Black is the New Black.


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Screening: Black is the New Black

Screening: Black is the New Black

A part of Friday Lates
4 January 2019, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free ticket required. Book online, or visit the Gallery in person

To complement the current display of portraits of exceptional black British figures from politics, business, sport, science and more, take the opportunity to watch all four episodes of Black is the New Black, Simon Frederick's BBC series which aired in 2016.


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Screening: Women Without Men and Looking for Oum Kulthum

Screening: Women Without Men and Looking for Oum Kulthum

A part of Friday Lates
19 January 2019, 14:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

To complement the Gallery’s current display of her portrait of Malala Yousafzai, learn more about Shirin Neshat’s wide-ranging artistic practice with this special double-bill screening of her feature films, Women Without Men (2009) and Looking for Oum Kulthum (2017).


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Photography Workshop

Photography Workshop

  • Workshop||Young People

20 January 2019, 13:00-16:00
Fully booked

Inspired by Black is the New Black, a new display by artist and director Simon Frederick showcasing photographs of exceptional black British figures including rapper Tinie Tempah and SB.TV founder Jamal Edwards. Work with artist Othello De'Souza-Hartley to create a photographic portrait using DSLR cameras and develop new skills in composition, lighting and pose.


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The Berto Pasuka Lecture 2019: Portrait of a Black Gay Man by David McAlmont

The Berto Pasuka Lecture 2019: Portrait of a Black Gay Man by David McAlmont

A part of Friday Lates
15 February 2019, 19:00
Room 20, Floor 2
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

The Pasuka Lecture and Prize, named in honour of the pioneering dancer, choreographer, Jamaican migrant to Britain, and Black gay man, Berto Pasuka (1911-1963), celebrate pioneering contributions to the arts.


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Meet the Artist: Simon Frederick

An exclusive opportunity to bring your students to hear directly from the artist about his display in the National Portrait gallery, Black is the New Black.

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Photographs Collection: Display

Banner credit: Naomi Campbell by Simon Frederick 2016 NPG P2035