Metroland Cultures: Delivering Brent 2020's Legacy

27 January 2021

Today, Metroland Cultures announces the projects as the legacy of the Brent London Borough of Culture 2020.

Among the projects are free workspace for artists, a new Brent Music Biennial, sustained investment in the Brent Art Biennial and a new plan for cultural learning and engagement.

The plans include:

  • 14 visual artists living and working in Brent will be given free studio space in Kilburn as part of a new year-long residency programme at Metroland Studios- the first development in a new scheme to transform existing buildings in Brent into temporary and permanent venues for arts and culture. A series of artist residencies will also be delivered in partnership with Camden Art Centre and The Showroom.
  • Brent Music Biennial – building on the success of the first Brent Biennial of Art, which launched in September 2020 with 23 new artist commissions in libraries, public spaces and on the street across Brent – 2023 will see the launch of the first Brent Music Biennial and the presentation of the second Art Biennial in 2022.
  • Arts organisations, youth charities and artists in Brent will come together with educators to create a new arts and culture offer to be used in schools across the borough. The Local Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP) will be a mechanism to continue the work started with schools and educators through the London Borough of Culture programme in 2020.

The Brent 2020 programme was adapted to unite communities at a time when they were unable to come together, delivered in collaboration with hundreds of volunteers, young ambassadors, educators, artists, and community advisors to help sustain the cultural life of the borough and deliver on Brent 2020’s ambitions to be a stage for local communities and shape new approaches to culture in the borough.

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