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Jump UP! Exhibition Event Schedule

Thursday 27 Sept, 6-8pm – Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies Talk

Dr Marl’ene Edwin SFHEA, FRSA and Joan Anim-Addo of the Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies at Goldsmiths will discuss their research. They will looking at the history and heritage of Carnival arts as it passed down through the generations.

Friday 28 Sept, 6-8pm – Carl Gabriel Talk

A true Carnival legend, artist Carl Gabriel uses traditional Caribbean wirebending techniques to create large scale sculptures that appear at Carnival every year. Beyond his sculptures, he has been documenting the festival since the 60s as well as playing in a steelband. He will be discussing his trade and his years involved in the Carnival community.

Jump Up! – Celebrating Legends Of Carnival

Celebrating over 50 years of London’s most revered gathering, “Jump Up!” is a groundbreaking exhibition of photography and ephemera taken by authentic 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s partygoers and local heroes capturing the energy, togetherness, and resilience of Notting Hill Carnival.

“Jump Up!” brings newly digitised heritage photography, flyers and film documenting the fashions, Carnivalists, steel pans, sound systems and artwork, securing Notting Hill Carnival as a vital piece of London’s eclectic history. During its two week residency at The Muse, a programme of talks and workshops will enlighten, engage and educate the general public by local heroes sharing their stories of Carnival, from costume design throughout the decades to memories of Notting Hill and its community.

Featuring work by Carnival legends such as Carl Gabriel, whose traditional wirebending sculptures lead the parade every year to renowned photographers who have documented Europe’s largest street festival across the decades. Photographers include Carnival regular Giles Moberly, Magnum’s Chris Steele-Perkins, and ex-NME photographer Peter Anderson.

“Jump Up!”, represents the extraordinary kinship, unity and creative energy fueled by Notting Hill Carnival every year. This groundbreaking exhibition is a call to action encouraging the next generation to drive this iconic tradition forward and preserve the future of Carnival culture across the nation.

About Arts Council England:

We believe that great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.
We champion, develop and invest in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

About London Street Community (Street Event Company):

London Street Community is a not-for-profit community interest company focused on carnival arts and heritage. Operating in Notting Hill and other carnival communities, we bring the history and culture of carnival to life, especially for young people.


YOUTH CLUB is a not-for-profit organisation working to preserve, share, educate and celebrate youth culture history through a passionate network of photographers and creatives. We believe in the power of youth culture heritage as a catalyst for creativity, self expression and connecting communities. YOUTH CLUB works towards its goal to open the world’s first Museum of Youth Culture in London by 2023.

About The Muse Gallery:

The Muse Gallery was established by artists, to support emerging contemporaries by combining creative and commercial concepts under one roof. Throughout the year, we open our doors to community arts projects, musicians, film makers and live performers to fill the calendar with events from ‘Sound art’ to ‘Cult film’ evenings and associated seminars. Our residency program continues to offer a subsidised platform for candidates, with a group and solo show during their time with us. Since established in 2003, we have offered graduates and visiting artists improved conditions for arts practice and the exhibition of work and will endeavour to continue with ‘artists for artists’ at the heart of our organisation.


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