Metroland Cultures Fund Artists Announced

 Posted On 10 June 2020


New charity Metroland Cultures – set up to deliver Brent's year as London Borough of Culture and, crucially, its legacy beyond 2020 has established a Fund offering tangible financial support to the borough’s cultural and creative sector during the Covid-19 crisis.

The Metroland Cultures Fund was here to help artists to stay creative through these challenging times, offering up to £1000 funding to reflect, plan or develop their practice.

The 25 artists and creatives selected are:
Arwa Aburawa (writer and film maker), Taymah Anderson (artist), Shiloh Coke (actress, writer, musician and composer), Ciaran Daly (writer), Rhys Dennis (choreographer and dancer), Grace Ellington (makeup and sfx artist), Awa Farah (writer and producer), Michelle Inniss (playwrite), Linett Kamala (multidisciplinary artist), Nur Khairiyah (creative producer), Killa Kela (beatboxer and podcast creater and host), Roann McCloskey (actor, writer and director), Smriti Mehra (video artist and storyteller), Jessica Mensah (theatre director, creative producer and spoken word artist), Yasmin Nicholas (multidisciplinary artist), Maha Rahwanji (radio station manager and broadcast artist), Rachel Rose Reid (writer and spoken word artist), Anita Safowaa (multidisciplinary artist), Turab Shah (film maker), Waddah Sinada (choreographer and movement director), Demba Sow (musician, dancer and teacher), Nathaniel Telemaque (artist), Shakira Walters (Girls of Grime founder), Charlie Westenra (stage director) and Big Zeeks (raggae/ dancehall artist).

"Metroland Cultures has equipped me with the support to not just survive in this time of the pandemic, but to continue to thrive as an artist living in these strange times. Thank you to Metroland Cultures and Brent 2020 for showing up for our community."

— Waddah Sinada

"These are unprecedented times! I feel incredibly lucky to be supported by the borough I was born and bred in. I am so looking forward to getting our exciting show into rehearsal as soon as we can. Thank you!"

— Roann McCloskey

"I am very grateful to be receiving this fund. As a young theatre director, this fund will allow me to create a website to platform myself as a professional artist. I will also be using this fund to purchase plays and books on directing & writing for theatre to master my craft; and continue to create work during this time."

— Jessica Mensah

"I am very grateful to be a recipient of the Metroland Cultures Fund. This grant will allow me to research and access more resources that will allow me to curate more digital programmes for RUMAH and its flagship programme, Rumah Fest. The pandemic has impacted everyone and it has forced all of us to rethink and adapt our plans. As such, I have made the decision to have the festival online as there are still many uncertainties surrounding social gatherings and the safety of attendees."

— Rumah Khai

"The Metroland Cultures Fund is a welcomed injection of support for the show (The Killa Kella Podcast), allowing me to continue the weekly livestream at this time and to continue building on the community that we’ve created online. For this, I’m truly grateful."

— Killa Kela

(c) Caroline Irby

"The Metroland Cultures Grant will enable me to take some time and space to focus on my own work as an artist, as well as supporting professional peers in the arts, who can guide me to find resilience in this time. Crucially, support like this offers me peace of mind, even for a little while, contributing to good mental health in a turbulent time."

— Rachel Rose Reid

"This Fund Will Contribute To Greatness That Will Be Made In My Own Personal Space"

— Big Zeeks