Lauren, Blueprint Collective member © Kes-Tchaas Eccleston

Metroland Cultures is committed to investing in the future of Brent through supporting young people to access tangible, paid and accessible programmes that create opportunities to learn about and shape the cultural offer in the borough. Our approach focuses on equipping young people with skills and confidence to shape and steer the creative industries in Brent and beyond. We do this through the Metroland Young Associates (MYA) programme, a paid alternative education programme for 20 young people from Brent. It recognises that young people from this borough have tremendous potential to develop creative careers, but opportunities to gain paid experience are limited so they miss out or leave Brent to pursue creative careers.

Through a five month programme the Metroland Young Associates work towards programming and delivering the closing weeking of the 2022 edition of Brent Biennial. The curriculum includes visits to cultural institutions in London and beyond, exchanges with other young people programming similar projects where they live as well as encounters with Biennial artists and experts from across the Creative Industries. All MYA's have a mentor to help them make their next move in work or education. The MYA’s will also be helping us to host the Biennial so do say hello if you see them at any of the venues.

The Brent Biennial 2022 cohort are:

Ann-Louise Marshall, Ashleigh C S Mundle, Charple Lorraine Mico, Chantelle Holness, Daniel Santos da Silva, Imran Abdulahi, Jared Gayle, Jenica Jetha, Kamiah-Chae Cowell, Karvya Kaneswaran, Keegan Crichlow, Lashay Green, Maksymilian Mirga, Malise Gordon, Mehaira Abdelhamid, Milica Simovic, Nicholas Cover, Roberta Borroni, Samara Roach – Keiler, Victoria Adeyelu.

With Thanks to: Art Fund, London Eye Charitable Trust, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Quarterhouse Folkestone; Creative Folkestone; Malcolm Allen, Whelk Boy Gallery, Folkestone; The Wells Project, Margate; Brighton Centre for Contemporary Art, Focal Point Gallery, Southend; The Old Waterworks, Southend; Time Out Magazine; Galleries Now, Whitechapel Gallery, Barbican Art Gallery, London; Camden Arts Centre, Tin Tabernacle, Kilburn; Aberfeldy Live! Talkaoke, People's Connect; LIFT, Tate Modern; The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance; Sky Studios; Brent Council and the Young Brent Foundation.