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National Portrait Gallery Acquisition.

37 sitters represented in the group, 33 were sitters who had never been admitted to the ‘primary’ collection previously. These are so-called ‘Rule 3’ sitters, meaning that the Galleries trustees must not only weigh the success of the art work but the significance of the sitter’s contributions to British society and culture, since it is still considered by many an honour to be added to the primary collection, and the criteria are quite strict. Nevertheless, every single one of the sitters was enthusiastically endorsed, representing one of the biggest single influxes of African-Caribbean sitters into the primary collection in the National Portrait Gallery’s history.



The Sunday Times

August 20, 2017

Simon Frederick’s black Britons photos to go on show at National Portrait Gallery


The Guardian

August 18, 2017

National Portrait Gallery given series of images of famous black Britons

Portfolio given to London gallery by photographer Simon Frederick includes portraits of Dizzee Rascal and Thandie Newton


Evening Standard (18 Aug)

Naomi Campbell, Thandie Newton and Laura Mvula are among 37 black Britons whose portraits will go on show in a major exhibition.

The trio, with other familiar faces including Sir Trevor McDonald and Tinie Tempah, were all photographed by Simon Frederick for a BBC documentary, Black Is The New Black. In it, they discuss their experiences in the UK.


The Yorkshire Post

18th August 2017

Portraits of Dizzee Rascal, Sir Trevor McDonald and Naomi Campbell to go on display


BBC Two Series BBC Two, 4 x 30

For the first time, an outstanding group of black Britons, who are some of the most influential and exceptional figures in British culture, face the camera to tell us what it is like to be black and British today. Beautifully shot by artist and director Simon Frederick, these familiar faces share intimate, heartfelt and inspirational stories about what it means to be black and British – stories that are told powerfully, filled with passion and humour. And from these intimate interviews, the series begins to paint a portrait of the nation – its past, its present and where it may be heading.


Trevor Nelson BBC 1XTRA


1Xtra Live Trevor Nelson on 8th Nov - Clip in folder or listen here - the series was trailed on whole show but interview with Simon Frederick is after Tinie’s song at 2hrs 8mins!


Daily Mail

Daily Mail “Naomi Campbell speaks for the first time about what it means to be black and British and joins other famous stars who were told to limit their ambitions due to their skin colour”:


The NewStatesman

With migrant stories under attack, the BBC’s Black is the New Black has come at the right time