Making Myself Visible

Rasheed Araeen: Zero to Infinity © Henry Coleman

Making Myself Visible is our inaugural programme beginning in mid-September. Featuring a season of exhibitions, talks and events platforming voices of people across the borough of Brent through arts and culture. The programme introduces our new way of working across local and international communities of residents and artists. It experiments with ways of gathering, moving, speaking and doing things in continually changing conditions.

Making Myself Visible takes its name from a 1984 publication by Brent-based and internationally acclaimed artist Rasheed Araeen. The programme will feature a display of Araeen’s work considering the radical relevance of his ongoing practice for current times. It begins with an open house event at Metroland Studio.

The programme will also feature monthly conversations on the tactics and ethics, pitfalls and promise of improved ‘visibility’ for cultural practice and community care through the arts.

The programme platforms Brent-based artists Brent-based artists in residence at Metroland Studio in Kilburn, including Linett Kamala, Betty Leung, and Nathaniel Telemaque with the collective Pesolife. It also includes collaborations with photographer Roy Mehta as well as partner organisations Camden Art Centre and Showroom.

Details of all the events can be found below.


Conversations on Visibility - Gathering

Tuesday 14 September, 7pm

Join Brent-based and international artists, arts professionals and community organisers for a panel conversation focusing on the theme of gathering. What does it mean to gather now? How do practices of gathering build connection and solidarity across difference?

Online conversation

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Rasheed Araeen: Preliminary Notes

Friday 24 September – Saturday 23 October Thursday to Sunday, 12-5pm, free

Rasheed Araeen’s 1978 essay ‘Preliminary Notes for a Black Manifesto’, displayed in its entirety, forms the core of an exhibition at Metroland Studio. The exhibition points to Araeen’s legacy of radicalism which has, in turn, become a cornerstone of Metroland Cultures’ work.

Metroland Studio and Kilburn Square, Kilburn, NW3 6PS

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Metroland’s Day of Visibility

Saturday 25 September 12 to 5pm, free

Metroland Cultures will host an open-house day showcasing what’s happening in and around the Metroland Studio building in Kilburn Square. From the market through the garden, the day will feature performances, workshops and events organised by Studio artists, food by local chefs and collectives, music, children’s activities, and more.

Metroland Studio, Kilburn, NW3 6PS

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