In the House of my Love, will bring together artists and community groups whose work explores homemaking. It will present a series of artworks and events in the South of the borough, open and free for audiences to visit 8 July - 11 September this summer. The Biennial will ask how, and why, the act of homemaking can be a form of resistance and survival within hostile environments—including those of racism, homophobia, ableism, climate catastrophe and political austerity. In the House of my Love understands ideas of home and belonging to take many shapes—whether as feelings, as relations between people, or as experiences of bodies and places.

We are looking for a team of hosts to get involved with the Biennial by playing a crucial role in hosting these free exhibitions and welcoming visitors. As a paid host of the Brent Biennial 2022 you will help us oversee a variety of contemporary art exhibitions in unique locations across Kilburn, Willesden and Harlesden. Hosts will be asked to look after the artworks so they are kept safe for everyone to enjoy. You must be available between Thursday 7 July - Sunday 11 September 2022.

As a host, you will be supported by the Biennial team engaging in three bespoke training sessions that will reflect on hosting skills in relation to the biennial themes. All hosts must attend the following training sessions:

  • Friday 10 June
  • Saturday 18 June
  • Sunday 3 July

A key element of being a host will be to ‘hold space’ in a public facing role where the exhibition themes will require an ability to engage with complex issues and conversations. These skills will also support your ability to engage with visitors thoughtfully and objectively. As part of our wider evaluation strategy, the hosts will have an opportunity to work on their own responses to hosting the Biennial, reflecting on the experience and interactions with visitors and artworks through The Host Journals, a platform for jotting down thoughts, drawings, images and other content. As the programme develops there will be more opportunities to learn skills, gain knowledge and be part of a pioneering Biennial in London.

What’s in it for you?

  • Get to work with the curatorial team of the Brent Biennial 2022 and to hear first-hand from the artists about their projects.
  • Become part of a friendly and supportive team and enjoy new experiences and learning.
  • Build and develop your skills in an arts organisation with a diverse set of communities, and be part of a new Biennial for London
  • Have a deeper understanding of contemporary art exhibitions in unique settings.
  • Being part of an innovative and important cultural experience.
  • The opportunity to be part of the evaluation and response to the Biennial through The Host Journals.
  • Get to know the Metroland Cultures team and have the opportunity to be part of the organisation’s work in the future.

For more information about the post, main responsibilities and how to apply, click the button below!

Deadline for applications is noon, Monday 30 May 2022