Homegrown: The Story of UK Hip Hop


HomeGrown: The Story of UK Hip Hop was the first major exhibition to chronicle the development of the UK Hip Hop scene. 

Looking back over three decades, the exhibition told the story of how a generation of youth took the spirit of the Bronx block party and fused it with their own uniquely British influences.

The exhibition showed how a US subculture featuring art, politics, rhyme, dance and music was adopted, adapted and embraced to create a powerful, complex, cultural force, this side of the 

Homegrown brought together the biggest names in UK Hip Hop, seeing Curated Place gain exclusive access to the most important private collections and the most influential figures in the UK scene. The exhibition told the story of an underground culture that has gone on to shape the musical and visual language of the 21st century.

Split into seven sections the exhibition comprehensively covered the story of UK Hip Hop, exploring, in depth, not only the narrative of the subculture, but also its wider impact on art, music, design, fashion and all aspects of British culture. 

Through expertly nuanced storytelling the exhibition succeeded in appealing equally to audiences with no experience of the culture through to the most hard-core Hip Hop heads. This broad appeal was achieved thanks to the strong partnerships brokered by Curated Place, not least with HHC legend, and co-curator, James McNally – regarded by many as the UK’s leading expert on the history of British Hip Hop.

Celebrating the best in British rap culture” – Guardian Guide Pick of the Week

Brings together the rare, remarkable, and irreplaceable in Hip Hop photography, music, film and fashion from the best private collections.” – BBC Radio 2 Claudia Winkleman Arts Show