Making Myself Visible

Pesolife Filmings © Pesolife Art Collective

Making Myself Visible was our inaugural programme, taking place between September-December 2021. It featured a season of exhibitions, talks and events platforming voices of people across the borough of Brent through arts and culture. The programme introduced our new way of working across local and international communities of residents and artists. It experimented with ways of gathering, moving, speaking and doing things in continually changing conditions.

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

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

The programme platformed 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 included collaborations with photographer Roy Mehta as well as partner organisations Camden Art Centre and Showroom.

Details of all the events can be found below.


Events

Conversations on Visibility - Doing

Tuesday 25 January 2022, 6.30 - 8pm (Event now ended)

Join our final Conversation on Visibility - Doing. Let's talk about taking action. What should we do together now - in the arts and working in communities - to address the challenging conditions of our world? What are the strategies and tactics for action and change?

Online conversation

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Studio Artists Projects - Linett Kamala

(This event has been postponed)

Join interdisciplinary artist Linett Kamala for Soundbites, a talk and calligraffiti workshop inspired by dancehall riddims and sound system culture.

Metroland Studio, Kilburn, NW3 6PS

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Studio Artists Projects - Betty Leung

Monday 15 - Friday 19 November 2021 (Event now ended)

Betty Leung will use the gallery space at Metroland Studio to host a workshop and create a pop-up exhibition with Kilburn Grange Primary school children

Metroland Studio, Kilburn, NW3 6PS

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Conversations on Visibility - Speaking

Tuesday 16 November 2021, 6:30-7:45pm (Event now ended)

It's our third monthly facilitated panel conversation. Let's talk about language. What language do we need to communicate across difference? What do we do when we don’t speak the same language?

Online conversation

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Studio Artists Projects - Pesolife Art Collective

Friday 5 November - Sunday 7 November 2021, 12-5pm, free, (Event now ended)

Artist collective and audio/ visual creative outlet, the Pesolife Art Collective will create the Peso Bodega Installation++, inspired by ‘Bodegas’, small family-run convenience stores, as well as the collective's book launch and an online radio stream

Metroland Studio, Kilburn, NW3 6PS and online

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Pesolife Art Collective - Book Launch Event

Friday 5 November, 6-8pm, (Event now ended)

Join Artist collective and audio/ visual creative outlet, the Pesolife Art Collective for their photobook launch Pesolife II: Trapping out the Gallery including a live book reading and talk from Nathaniel Télémaque

Metroland Studio, Kilburn, NW3 6PS

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Online radio stream and listening party with Pesolife Art Collective

Saturday 6 November, 6-8pm, (Event now ended)

There's a feast for your ears with an online radio stream and listening party at Metroland Studio with audio mixed by Pesolife members Secaina Hudson & Kalina Blaize

Metroland Studio, Kilburn, NW3 6PS and online

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Conversations on Visibility - Moving

Tuesday 26 October 2021, 6:30-7:45pm (Event now ended)

Join us for our second monthly facilitated panel conversations on the in/visibility of arts practices rooted in local communities, cultures, and care as part of Making Myself Visible. This time the conversation will focus on the theme of moving. What can we learn from movements past and present? How does the movement of our bodies help facilitate the movement of our ideas and conversations?

Online conversation

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Rasheed Araeen: Preliminary Notes

Friday 24 September – Saturday 23 October Thursday to Sunday, 12-5pm, free (Event now ended)

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, (Event now ended)

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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Conversations on Visibility - Gathering

Tuesday 14 September, 7pm (Event now ended)

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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