Jump Up! Celebrating Legends of Carnival
Muse Gallery
20 - 30 September 2018


YOUTH CLUB and Street Event Company announce a groundbreaking new photography exhibition celebrating 50 years of Notting Hill Carnival, supported by the Arts Council England.

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.

“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.

Organised by YOUTH CLUB in collaboration with Street Events Company and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and supported by the Arts Council England.

“Jump Up!” runs at Muse Gallery, 269 Portobello Rd, London, W11 1LR from Thursday 20th September to Sunday 30th September with a private view on Thursday 20th September 2018, 6-9pm.


Thursday 20 Sept, 6-9pm - Exhibition Launch and Lee Harris Talk

Celebrate 50 years of Carnival at the launch party for Jump Up, with drinks, tunes and a talk by Notting Hill legend Lee Harris. 

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 work. They will be look at the history and heritage of Carnival arts as it passed down through the generations. 

Friday 28 Sept, 6-8pm - Carl Gabriel Talk
Carnival artist Carl Gabriel uses traditional Caribbean wirebending techniques to create large scale sculptures appear at Carnival every year. Beyond his sculptures, he documents the festival each year as well as playing in a steel band. He will be discussing his trade and his years involved in the Carnival community.