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Here you will find updates from Metroland Cultures, alongside interesting digital content from artists, curators and communities across Brent.

photograph of the Metroland Studios gallery, a room with white walls and large windows.

7 June 2024

Metroland Exhibitions Programme 2024/25

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Yasmin Nicholas at her exhibition opening 'Sometimes I live in a shell'

16 May 2024

Celebrating our outgoing Studio residents.

Celebrating our outgoing Studio residents, some of our studio residents have left us and we have new Studio residents from our current P2P programme moving in.

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4 members of the Peer-to-Peer 2024 cohort sit together on a sofa, having a conversation.

9 May 2024

All moved in! Peer-to-Peer 2024 updates

A look back at the second half of the 2024 Peer-to-Peer workshop programme, and a look into the future for this year’s cohort.

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a spider plant in an old sink

2 May 2024

Too Far In – a conversation for Curatorial Affairs

Curator Christy O’Beirne and Director Lois Stonock in conversation about art, Brent, and the future of affordable arts infrastructure.

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A new model for the arts?

Metroland Director Lois wrote about the need for a new cultural instrastructure for Arts professional.

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Coloured text on a pink background reads: Metroland Cultures, 2023 in Review

2023 in review

We commissioned an evaluation of our work in 2023. The learnings are being fed into everthing we do going forwards.

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25 April 2024

Brent Biennial Artist Pio Abad shortlisted for the Turner Prize

Brent Biennial artist Pio Abad shortlisted for Turner Prize 2024.

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11 April 2024

Lois in the CVAN spotlight

Lois spoke to Jo Townsend, Director of CVAN London (one of our newest studio residents) about her journey into the arts and what Metroland Cultures does.

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Image shows Lizzie, a young white woman sitting on an orange plastic chair, apparently within a larger circle of seated people. She appears to be engaged in a discussion with someone, looking intently off-screen.

Announcing Lizzie Graham, Metroland’s new Programmes Curator.

Having previously worked as the Associate Civic Curator at Serpentine, where she worked connecting artists and communities through long term residency programmes, we are thrilled to have Lizzie joining our team here at Metroland!

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15 March 2024

Announcing studio residents CVAN London.

CVAN London will have a base at Metroland Studios, as well as programming a series of workshops and events open to their London wide network and Metroland’s community.

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a picture of two of the peer-to-peer cohort looking through a window and smiling

8 March 2024

Peer-to-Peer update: weeks 4 and 5

The Peer-to-Peer 2024 cohort have now had 6 weeks of peer-learning sessions at Metroland and beyond! Read on to hear about what they got up to in week 4 and 5.

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image shows peer to peer artists sitting around a long table, taking part in a discussion

16 February 2024

Peer-to-Peer Update: Sessions 2 and 3

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Photo of Hana Pera Aoake, photo by Matthew George Richard Ward

26 January 2024

Announcing our new NZ guest Curator!

We are excited to announce that our next curator in residence will be Māori artist, writer, curator and teacher, Hana Pera Aoake!

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24 January 2024

Peer-to-Peer 2024 Cohort announced!

Today the first Peer to Peer session of 2024 took place at Metroland Studios. We are thrilled to welcome the ten artists who have been selected to participate in this year’s artist support programme, Peer to Peer 2024.

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a group of people sit around in a circle surrounded by paper hangings.

22 December 2023

2023 Exhibitions Retrospective

In 2023 Metroland’s gallery was kept busy hosting shows from a myriad of incredible artists. Take a look back at our year in exhibitions…

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30 November 2023

Squishy Collective at Metroland Studios

Read about the takeover of the Metroland gallery by the Squishy Collective and the tactile and sensory explorations they’re undertaking.

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image shows guests experiencing sonic sculptures

6 October 2023

Amanda Camenisch and Therese Westin discuss their art practice

The two Brent-based artists talk about the inspiration for their sonic sculptures. As well as how the different art pieces came to be, and their intentions for the future of the exhibition.

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image shows 9 people of ESEA heritage posing for a group picture, they are all smiling

28 September 2023

Metroland’s first ESEA Heritage Month – Looking Back

Hear about Metroland’s first ESEA Heritage event and how it went from Annie Jael Kwan, Curator of the Brent Biennial 2025.

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31 August 2023

Digging up words: Workshop 1 for With Us All

Exploring an edible garden with artist Priya Jay

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18 August 2023

Metroland Gallery Programme 23/24

Discover the free exhibitions taking place at Metroland from August 2023 to March 2024.

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10 August 2023

Making connections at Sufra’s Summer Garden Party

Hear the latest from With Us All – our new community commission with Sufra and artist Sean Roy Parker

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Annie is an Asian woman with hair dyed a soft lavender grey.

28 July 2023

Announcing Annie Jael Kwan as Curator of Brent Biennial 2025

The curator for the 3rd edition of the Brent Biennial is announced.

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Graphic saying Interim Director

27 July 2023

Interim Director

Metroland is looking for an Interim Director to support through the Autumn period of 2023.

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10 July 2023

MYAs – Gathering, layering and spaces for action

Our Metroland Young Associates programme is reaching the halfway point – find out what we’ve been up to and what’s coming next.

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Close up of a multicoloured hand crafted sculpture with fern leaves, plastic roses, a disco ball and woven strands

6 July 2023

Katarzyna Perlak artworks acquired by Arts Council

Artworks commissioned for the Brent Biennial acquired for the Arts Council Collection.

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Sean Roy Parker sits in a garden wearing a muddy shirt with flowers in his pocket and holding a large vegetable.

24 May 2023

Sufra Community Commission

Our latest community commission is announced!

We are excited to be joined by artist Sean Roy Parker who will be building an interesting new structure in the edible garden at SUFRA.

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MYA Young Associates and Mentors meet at the Tin Tabernacle

23 May 2023

Metroland Young Associates – 2023 Collective Rhythms

Meet the young people selected to be this year’s MYAs and learn more about all the exciting things they are getting up to.

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On air sign and microphone in radio studio

20 May 2023

Welcome K2K Radio

K2K radio have moved in to the Metroland Studios building. Find out more about the station and how you can hear their shows.

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Curator James has cropped dark hair, longer on top and a dark stubbly beard.

13 March 2023

From New Zealand To Metroland!

Metroland and the Delfina Foundation are excited to announce that we’ve chosen James Tapsell-Kururangi as the inaugural New Zealand curator-in-residence for the Delfina Foundation’s Spring 2023 Residency season in partnership with Te Tuhi.

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15 February 2023

Fundraiser in support of earthquake relief for Turkey and Syria

Metroland Cultures invites you to support three appeals of urgent support towards earthquake relief for Turkey and Syria.

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AWRC Group

16 January 2023

‘Making the Room Sing’, a community-led commission with Asian Women’s Resource Centre

Metroland Cultures presents ‘Making The Room Sing’, an exhibition by artists Amanda Camenisch and Therese Westin developed in collaboration with a group of women from the Asian Women’s Resource Centre (AWRC) as part of the Brent Biennial 2022, ‘In the House of my Love’.

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10 January 2023

Curatorial residency with Delfina Foundation, Te Tuhi and Metroland Cultures

Applications are now invited for a new London-based residency for an early/mid-career New Zealand curator. DEADLINE: Monday 30 January 2023, 5PM (NZ time).

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8 December 2022

Recruitment call for Metroland Young Associates 2023: Collective Rhythms

Metroland Cultures’ development programme for young people, Metroland Young Associates, is coming back in 2023 with Collective Rhythms. This 3 month paid opportunity in Brent is for 20 young people between the ages of 18-24 to develop skills and experience of working in the arts and creative industries. Applications are now open until Friday 17 February 2023.

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30 June 2022

Metroland Cultures announces details of artists’ projects and locations for the second edition of the Brent Biennial

We are pleased to announce full details of the Brent Biennial programme, venues and projects by participating artists as part of ‘In the House of my Love’

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15 June 2022

Metroland Cultures announces selected artists for Metroland Cohort: Peer-to-Peer their artist support programme

​​Metroland Cultures today announces the ten artists who have been selected to participate in the first iteration of their bi-annual artist support programme, Metroland Cohort: Peer-to-Peer.

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30 May 2022

Metroland Cultures announces selected artists for the Brent Biennial 2022 Billboard Commissions

Metroland Cultures today announces the selected artists for the Brent Biennial 2022, In the House of my Love, Billboard Commissions.

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7 April 2022

A call out for In the House of my Love Billboard Commissions for Brent Biennial 2022

Metroland Cultures invites visual artists with a connection to Brent to apply to produce a commission for high-street billboards, responding to the BB22 theme, In the House of my Love.

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Brent Biennial announces curatorial theme, artists and programme for the second edition

Metroland Cultures today announces further details of the second edition of the Brent Biennial, titled In the House of my Love, which takes place from 8 July – 11 September 2022.

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Steel drum

24 March 2022

New Opportunity – Lead Programmer for the Brent Music Biennial 2023

We’re seeking a Lead Programmer for our inaugural Brent Music Biennial taking place in summer 2023.

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Dan Mitchell

23 March 2022

CALL OUT: Have you got a location that Brent Biennial could use?

Metroland Cultures is looking for buildings, units, shops, churches, community centres, houses, rooms, and unique spaces to house outworks during Brent Biennial 2022. This is an exciting opportunity to engage with a borough-wide cultural project.

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Adam Farah, Brent (2022)

17 March 2022

Bringing the Biennial Home – A thought piece by Eliel Jones, Curator of Brent Biennial 2022

As we gear up to launch more details of the Brent Biennial, Eliel Jones, Curator of Brent Biennial 2022, has written an opinion piece for ArtReview Magazine reflecting on working on the project with a local and long-term focus in mind.

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Blueprint members

21 February 2022

Launching two new programmes for Brent-based creatives

We’re thrilled to announce today two new paid opportunities for artists and creatives based in Brent to develop their skills and practice.

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The second Brent Biennial Team

22 November 2021

Announcing the Brent Biennial 2022 and Team!

We’re delighted to announce that the dates for the second Brent Biennial are 8 July – 11 September 2022

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Join our team

3 November 2021

Join our Team as Assistant Curator

Join our team! We’re seeking an Assistant Curator to play a supportive curatorial role for the delivery of the Brent Biennial 2022

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Pesolife Art Collective

1 November 2021

This Week! Pesolife Art Collective present Peso Bodega Installation++

This week Metroland Studio’s artist-in-residence, Pesolife Art Collective, present Peso Bodega Installation++, a temporary exhibition featuring photography and music

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21 October 2021

New opportunity – Programme Assistant (Kickstart)

We’re seeking a Programme Assistant (Kickstart) to closely with Metroland Culture’s programme team to support the development and community of the Brent Biennial and Metroland University

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Fashioning our history

13 October 2021

Watch Fashioning our History – The Documentary

Watch Brent 2020 Culture Fund project, Fashioning Our History Documentary free & online

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The Wife of Willesden

11 October 2021

Booking now! The World Premiere of Zadie Smith’s debut play The Wife of Willesden

A play that celebrates the human knack for telling elaborate tales, especially about our own lives. Critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, best-selling author Zadie Smith makes her playwriting debut

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Ruins X Vanda

8 October 2021

Join our next monthly Conversation on Visibility this October

As part of our Making Myself Visible programme, we’re thrilled to announce the next online Conversations on Visibility will be on Tuesday 26 October at 6:30pm-7:45pm

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Reading Room

7 September 2021

Making Myself Visible – our inaugural programme launches

Metroland Cultures announces that Making Myself Visible, the inaugural programme for the charity giving a voice to people across the borough of Brent, will begin in mid September 2021

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No Bass

25 August 2021

No Bass Like Home September Season

The Lexi Cinema will host a special film season in September paying tribute to the story of reggae in the borough of Brent.

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Dawn Mellor’s mural

24 August 2021

New opportunities – work with us!

We’re seeking a Marketing & Communications Manager to work with us to raise the profile of Metroland Cultures for the 2022 Brent Biennial and a Programme Technician to help with the day-to-day management of Metroland Studio

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Adam Farah

23 August 2021

Adam Farah at Camden Art Centre

Adam Farah, one of our Metroland Studio artists is opening his new solo exhibition ‘WHAT I’VE LEARNED FROM YOU AND MYSELF (PEAK MOMENTATIONS / INSIDE MY VELVET ROPE MIX)’ at Camden Art Centre, on Friday 10 September.

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9 August 2021

Metroland Studio Resident Smriti Mehra in new exhibition

Metroland Studio artist Smriti Mehra is currently in the exhibition ‘Re:store, Re:new, Re:imagine’ at Willesden Gallery.

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Story of loversrock

6 August 2021

No Bass Like Home: The Story of Lover’s Rock

A special screening pays tribute to local hero, iconic filmmaker and friend of the Lexi Cinema, Menelik Shabazz

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White pubes

3 August 2021

White Pube’s August web artist in residence

Zeinab Saleh is the August web artist-in-residence over at The White Pube, with a selection of drawings and more.

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Adam Farah

21 July 2021

Adam Farah and Zeinab Saleh at Camden Art Centre

We’re thrilled to announce two upcoming exhibitions at Camden Art Centre featuring our Metroland Studio artists: Adam Farah and Zeinab Saleh.

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Vent wins Podcast of the Year

20 July 2021

Vent wins Podcast of the Year

VENT – a collaboration between VICE and the young people of Brent – has recently won a number of podcast awards.

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Our new Board of Trustees

9 July 2021

Introducing our new Board of Trustees

Our new board includes young creatives, artists, youth workers, curators and more.

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Adam Farah

8 July 2021

Adam Farah wins Studio Voltaire Award

Congratulations to Metroland Studios Resident artist Adam Farah on receiving the LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award award.

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Rasheed Araeen

25 June 2021

Join the team

We have a number of professional opportunities currently at Metroland Cultures

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22 June 2021

National Windrush Day 2021

Join a live broadcast from Metroland Studios to celebrate Windrush Day, a day that honours the British Caribbean community.

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Grown Up in Brent

18 June 2021

Grown Up in Brent

A new exhibition by the Museum of Youth Culture – featuring Metroland Cultures Resident Linnet Kamala – delves into the everyday memories of being young in Brent.

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Library as Memorial

19 May 2021

On grief, loss and ritual: Exploring death from different perspectives

We’re giving away a limited number of Ruth Beale’s zine ‘On Grief, Loss and Ritual.’

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21 April 2021

Sport at the heart release ‘Brent. Borough of us.’

Young people from Sport at the Heart present a film exploring their own lives, their youth club community, and the key moments that they felt represented this unprecedented time.

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metroland studio

27 January 2021

Metroland Studios Artist Residents Announced

Metroland Cultures announces the artists who are part of a new residency scheme at Metroland Studio in Kilburn.

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Metroland Cultures

Metroland Cultures: Delivering Brent 2020’s Legacy

Kickstarting Brent’s cultural development and a legacy of Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture.

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23 December 2020

Thank you for being part of Brent 2020

Brent’s year as London Borough of Culture has been a celebration of the spirit and creativity of the borough. Relive some of the incredible memorable moments here and let us know what your favourites were.

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metroland studio

15 October 2020

Metroland studio: Residencies for artists

Metroland Cultures announces the artists who are part of a new residency scheme at Metroland Studio in Kilburn.

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Rasheed Araeen

9 October 2020

Brent Biennial: Public programme revealed

Brent 2020 reveals the Brent Biennial pubic programme, a series of special online talks, workshops and performances.

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3 June 2020

Metroland Cultures Fund Artists Announced

Metroland Cultures announces the artists to be supported by the Metroland Cultures Fund.

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Brent 2020 #BlackLivesMatter Statement

Brent 2020’s statement on Black Lives Matter.

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15 April 2020

Metroland cultures launches new fund to support Brent artists

Today Metroland Cultures announces a brand new £25,000 fund to provide financial support to Brent artists and creatives during the COVID-19 crisis.

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9 March 2020

Interview With Helen Delany of Electronic Sheep, 2020 Culture Fund Designer

Electronic Sheep are designers Helen Delany and Brenda Aherne – they specialise in graphic knitwear and illustration. Helen spoke to us about their Culture Fund supported tapestry, which will tell a new story about the influence of Irish people living on and around Kilburn.

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12 February 2020

Interview With Tamsin Nathan of To The T, 2020 Culture Fund Designer

To The T is a design company with a social conscience, founded by Tamsin Nathan. Using a variety of creative mediums with a focus on costumes, styling and art direction To The T brings real issues to life using film theatre and photography to present the work. To the T’s latest project, a short-film called T.O.Y. (The Other Youth), is supported by the Brent 2020 Culture Fund and looks at the circumstances that turn children to violence.

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7 February 2020

Interview With Rose Rouse, 2020 Culture Fund Poet

Rose Rouse is a journalist, poet and the author of ‘A London Safari, Walking Adventures in NW10’, one of the only non-fiction, recently-written books about life in Brent today. With support from Brent 2020 Culture Fund, Rose will be collaborating with eight poets from the borough to explore and reveal the less-well-known life of Willesden Junction Station.

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9 January 2020

RISE: Brent 2020 Opening Event

On Saturday 18 January, thousands of people gathered on Olympic Way in Wembley Park to celebrate the launch of Brent’s year as London Borough of Culture 2020 at RISE – a spectacular, free outdoor show hosted by principal partner.

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4 January 2020

Interview With Jude Wacks, 2020 Culture Fund Artist

Jude Wacks is a photographer from Willesden Green. This year she was awarded funding from the Brent 2020 Culture Fund to document shops in the borough that have been passed from one generation to another. In a borough which is always changing, these shops are one of the few things that doesn’t.

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20 December 2019

Interview With Roy Mehta, 2020 Culture Fund Artist

Roy Mehta is a photographer who grew up in Kenton. With support from the Brent 2020 Culture Fund, he is revisiting his project, documenting life in Harlesden, with students from the College of North West London.

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1 December 2019

2020 Culture Fund: Round Three Announcement

The third round of projects to be supported by the 2020 Culture Fund have been announced.

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25 November 2019

2020 Culture Fund: Round Two Announcement

The second round of successful 2020 Culture Fund projects have been announced!

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20 August 2019

2020 Culture Fund: Round One Announcement

The Brent 2020 team have announced the first projects to be supported by the 2020 Culture Fund

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