Here you will find updates from Metroland Cultures, alongside interesting digital content from artists, curators and communities across Brent.
16 February 2024
Peer-to-Peer Update: Sessions 2 and 3
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!
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
31 August 2023
Digging up words: Workshop 1 for With Us All
Exploring an edible garden with artist Priya Jay
18 August 2023
Metroland Gallery Programme 23/24
Discover the free exhibitions taking place at Metroland from August 2023 to March 2024.
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
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.
27 July 2023
Metroland is looking for an Interim Director to support through the Autumn period of 2023.
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.
6 July 2023
Katarzyna Perlak artworks acquired by Arts Council
Artworks commissioned for the Brent Biennial acquired for the Arts Council Collection.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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).
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.
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’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
13 October 2021
Watch Fashioning our History – The Documentary
Watch Brent 2020 Culture Fund project, Fashioning Our History Documentary free & online
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
9 July 2021
Introducing our new Board of Trustees
Our new board includes young creatives, artists, youth workers, curators and more.
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.
25 June 2021
Join the team
We have a number of professional opportunities currently at Metroland Cultures
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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.
Metroland Cultures: Delivering Brent 2020’s Legacy
Kickstarting Brent’s cultural development and a legacy of Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture.
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.
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.
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.
3 June 2020
Metroland Cultures Fund Artists Announced
Metroland Cultures announces the artists to be supported by the Metroland Cultures Fund.
Brent 2020 #BlackLivesMatter Statement
Brent 2020’s statement on Black Lives Matter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
25 November 2019
2020 Culture Fund: Round Two Announcement
The second round of successful 2020 Culture Fund projects have been announced!
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