Featured artist: Pio Abad

Metroland Cultures is excited to invite visual artists* of any age with a connection to Brent to apply to participate in Metroland Cohort: Peer-to-Peer, our new artist support programme. This ten-session group learning programme and bursary aims to support artists to sustain and grow their practice, while simultaneously encouraging them to become part of the wider creative ecology of Metroland Cultures and the borough of Brent.

*Our definition of ‘visual artist’ is expansive – are you interested in creating projects with a visual aspect which could be shared with people in a space or online? If the answer is yes, and you have some examples of this kind of work that you could show us, then please do apply. If you are unsure if your practice qualifies then please get in touch to discuss further!


  • A £2500 bursary for each artist to be used as non-restricted funds

  • Two one-to-one mentoring sessions for each artist led by an artist or industry professional

  • Participation in 10 bi-weekly group learning sessions with invited industry professionals


  • Participants must have a connection to Brent

  • Participants must be 18+, and there is no upper age limit

  • Participants must have a creative practice that can be evidenced by three to five examples of work in any format

  • Participants must have an interest and willingness to be part of a mutually-supportive group

  • Participants must be able to commit to the following dates from 10am – 3pm, which fall on a Tuesday:

    July - 12 July, 26 July
    August - 9 August, 23 August
    September - 6 September, 20 September
    October - 4 October, 18 October
    November - 1 November, 15 November, 29 November.

For anyone facing barriers to their practice and/or participation in the programme we are offering a dedicated access fund which will cover specific access needs for selected artists, including but not limited to: BSL interpretation, live captioning, assistive technology, additional travel/accessible travel, and support with care responsibilities.


We held an online information session on Monday 14 March with a run through of the programme and the application process plus Q&As with Assistant Curator of Brent Biennial 2022 Kit Edwards, and Brent-based artists Adam Farah and Abbas Zahedi. You can watch the session on demand below:

Access Support: An Easy Read edition of the application pack is available below.

** Extended Deadline: Please submit your application by 23:59 on Monday 25 April 2022.

To discuss the opportunity further, or for any additional access queries, please email Kit Edwards, Assistant Curator, Brent Biennial 2022 -


For more information about the programme and how to apply, download the full application pack below.