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Home Grown: The Story of UK Hip Hop

15 October 2009 to 27 February 2010

This exhibition was the first attempt, in the UK, to document the UK Hip Hop scene and tell the tale – in a gallery. Tracing its American Roots, it charted its entry into the UK mainstream, where the mantel is currently held firmly aloft  by artists such as Speech Debelle, Est’Elle and Dizzee Rascal.

Looking back over three decades, it told how a generation of youth took the spirit of the Bronx block party and fused it with a British influences, creating a powerful cultural medium combining art, politics, rhyme dance and music.

Working with UK collaborators, collectors, photographers, musicians, producers, promoters and artists it brought together  the rare, remarkable and irreplaceable, featuring many of the artsits’ own personal possessions.

Media Release

Home Grown – The Story of UK Hip Hop.pdf – click here for HomeGrown’s media release

Press Comments

“The best hip hop exhibition I have ever seen. It’s brilliant,very coherent, informative, and captured some great moments of Hip-Hop history. Ever been to a museum and felt like they don’t represent you or your heritage? This is the total opposite”

– DJ Semtex

“I got the opportunity to see this incredible exhibition when I was doing a panel at In The City, if you get the chance to go I strongly suggest you do”

– Hattie Collins, freelance writer for The Guardian

“An ambitious and unique attempt to capture the development  of hip-hop as a UK subculture”

– Bonafide Magazine


Channel M take a look at HomeGrown…

Cult Documentary Filmmaker Dick Fontaine calls into HomeGrown…

Beezer on Urbis’ HomeGrown on Channel M

Exhibition View

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