BRENT BIENNIAL

THE FIRST BRENT BIENNIAL - Art presented in public spaces, libraries and streets of Brent

The first BRENT BIENNIAL presents over 20 brand new artworks inspired by the cultures, places and people of Brent.

From sculptures to sound art, large-scale murals to intimate installations, Brent Biennial tells the stories of Brent then, now and tomorrow – and of the people who have been made and shaped by the borough.

The Biennial takes art out of the galleries and museums and into public spaces right across Brent - to be sought out or encountered by chance – on buildings and billboards, in laundrettes and across 10 community and council libraries.

Featuring international and Brent-based artists including Rasheed Araeen, Imran Qureshi, Dawn Mellor, Jude Wacks, Jaykoe, Yasmin Nicholas and Ruth Beale, every work has been specially commissioned by and created for Brent 2020 – and all of them can be seen for free.

Details of walking tours, talks and workshops, some presented in partnership with ArtReview, to accompany the programme will be announced soon.

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Zero to Infinity, 1968-2017. Venice Biennale. Photo: Charles Moore. Image courtesy of the artist and Grosvenor Gallery.

Community and council libraries have collaborated with 10 artists to present new commissions, including an interactive sculpture by Rasheed Araeen at Willesden Green Library, a parallel lending library of selected books paired with sculptures by Brian Griffiths at Cricklewood Library, and a large-scale twisted paper installation by Imran Qureshi at Ealing Road Library.

Abbas Zahedi at The Hilal Food Centre, Kilburn, Brent © Roy Mehta

Supported by Art Fund, new commissions by Barby Asante, Adam Farah, Yasmin Nicolas, Dhelia Snoussi and Abbas Zahedi explore personal and collective stories that have shaped Brent’s identity as a place where self-organising is intimately linked to care, community building, and resistance.

Events and artworks will centre on the relevance and connection of histories through performance, conversation and film.

Dawn Mellor. Vile Affections, Installation View, Studio Voltaire, London 2007. Courtesy of the artist and Studio Voltaire.

The programme features ambitious co-commissions with leading arts organisations: Camden Art Centre (Paul Purgas); CREATE London (Pio Abad); LUX (Adam Farah), Studio Voltaire and CREATE London (Dawn Mellor).

Helen Delaney (of Electronic Sheep) outside The Fiddler, Kilburn, Brent © Roy Mehta

2020 Culture Fund artists Helen Delany and Brenda Aherne: Electronic Sheep, Lucy Fine, FOR NOW, Jaykoe, The October Anthropologist, and Jude Wacks will showcase new work and projects.

Additionally, Culture Fund exhibitions and events presented by ActionSpace, AiR, INANIMATORZ and Crisis will take place, highlighting their work with artists and communities in Brent.

Yasmin Nicholas, Brookford Launderette, Brent Park © Roy Mehta

Events

BRENT BIENNIAL: BARBY ASANTE

19 Sep - 13 Dec 2020

Brent Biennial: Declaration of Independence is an ongoing performance/forum by artist Barby Asante, bringing together womxn* to reflect on how the political affects the personal and how the social, cultural implications of historic declarations, policies and legislations Impact on their everyday lives.

Online

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BRENT BIENNIAL: CARL GABRIEL, PRESTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY

19 Sep - 13 Dec 2020

Brent Biennial: New and existing work by artist Carl Gabriel will be presented at Preston Road Library.

Preston Community Library

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BRENT BIENNIAL: RASHEED ARAEEN, THE LIBRARY AT WILLESDEN GREEN

19 Sep - 13 Dec 2020

Brent Biennial: The Library at Willesden Green presents two large-scale works by artist Rasheed Araeen responding to its physical spaces and its civic role as a space for research, cultural discourse and exchange

The Library at Willesden Green

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BRENT BIENNIAL: DAN MITCHELL, WEMBLEY LIBRARY

19 Sep - 13 Dec 2020

Brent Biennial: Artist Dan Mitchell’s commission will take the form of a large-scale text-based work covering the glass facade of Wembley Public Library housed within the Brent Civic Centre.

Wembley Library

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BRENT BIENNIAL: DAVID BLANDY, HARLESDEN LIBRARY

19 Sep - 13 Dec 2020

Brent Biennial: Artist David Blandy has worked with young people from Capital City Academy and Roundwood Youth Centre to reimagine Harlesden 8000 years from now.

Harlesden Library Plus

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BRENT BIENNIAL: DAWN MELLOR, KINGSBURY ROAD

From 19 Sep 2020

Brent Biennial: The first permanent public artwork by British artist Dawn Mellor: a large-scale mural that will celebrate the life of local hero George Michael, who lived and went to school in Kingsbury.

499 Kingsbury Road

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BRENT BIENNIAL: AVANT-GARDENING, BARHAM COMMUNITY LIBRARY

19 Sep - 13 Dec 2020

Brent Biennial: At Barham Community Library, Avant-Gardening (Polly Brannan and Paul Green) have explored the rich history of the library, park and the wider local area to craft new stories with schools and local communities.

Barham Community Library

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BRENT BIENNIAL: Artists in Residence (AiR)

n/a - closed to the public

Brent Biennial: AiR is delighted to be a recipient of the 2020 Culture Fund and will be producing bespoke art projects through collaboration with five Brent schools.

Schools in Brent

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BRENT BIENNIAL: IMRAN QURESHI, EALING ROAD LIBRARY

19 Sep - 13 Dec 2020

Brent Biennial: Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi’s commission will see a series of site-specific installations situated throughout the Library at Ealing Road, bringing his unique visual language to the public spaces of the library.

Ealing Road Library

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BRENT BIENNIAL: JOHN ROGERS, KENSAL RISE LIBRARY

19 Sep - 13 Dec 2020

Brent Biennial: Through walks and talks that invite local residents to contribute their stories, artist John Rogers will produce an audio-visual portrait of the local area surrounding Kensal Rise Library, drawing on people's lived experiences and memories.

Kensal Rise Library

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BRENT BIENNIAL: JUDE WACKS

19 Sep - 13 Dec 2020

Brent Biennial: A photography project by Jude Wacks documenting local businesses around Brent, celebrating the history, entrepreneurship and community contribution of family firms across the borough.

Online (Instagram)

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Brent Biennial: Abbas Zahedi

19 Sep - 13 Dec 2020

Brent Biennial: Soul Refresher is a new commission by London based artist Abbas Zahedi. Through a process of conversations in Brent with invited collaborators the work will explore connections of identity to place and history.

Across the borough

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BRENT BIENNIAL: RUTH BEALE, KILBURN LIBRARY

19 Sep - 13 Dec 2020

Brent Biennial: ‘The library as memorial’ is a new commission for Kilburn Library. Taking the form of a book dedication, in which books themselves become a way to mark and remember.

Kilburn Library

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BRENT BIENNIAL: YASMIN NICHOLAS

22 Sep - 6 Oct 2020

Brent Biennial: Brent based artist Yasmin Nicholas will be developing new collage works that will be presented across the borough.

Displayed on over 50 digital billboards, bus stops and posters in launderettes across Brent.

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BRENT BIENNIAL: JAYKOE, THE LIBRARY AT WILLESDEN GREEN

1 Oct - 22 Nov 2020

Brent Biennial: Culture Move (Sampled History) is an exhibition by London-based artist Jaykoe. The show explores the history of sampled music in the borough.

The Exhibition Space Brent Museum and Archives in The Library at Willesden Green

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BRENT BIENNIAL: BRIAN GRIFFITHS, CRICKLEWOOD LIBRARY

1 Oct - 13 Dec 2020

Brent Biennial: SELF – CONSCIOUS is conceived as a parallel lending library of selected books paired with sculptures, the work explores the potential and limitations of the unreliable narrator.

Cricklewood Library

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BRENT BIENNIAL: BARHAM PARK ART FESTIVAL

3 - 4 October 2020, 11:00 - 17:00

Brent Biennial: A celebration of local artists creating in the artistic hub of Barham Park. Presented by ActionSpace, ACAVA and Barham Park Library.

Barham Park

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BRENT BIENNIAL: THE OCTOBER ANTHROPOLOGIST, WILLESDEN GREEN

3 October 2020, 14:00

Brent Biennial: Baristas Under Brexit - The October Anthropologist team has conducted research into the lives of Southern and Eastern European immigrants who work as baristas in London cafe.

Online via ZOOM

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BRENT BIENNIAL: CRISIS, HARLESDEN TOWN GARDEN

4 October 2020, 14:00 - 16:00

Brent Biennial: Culture Click 2020 is a bespoke photography based project, tailored to the needs of homeless and vulnerably-housed residents in Brent to promote transferable skills, build social networks and provide opportunities to creatively participate in the Brent 2020 programme.

Harlesden Town Garden

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BRENT BIENNIAL: PIO ABAD, KILBURN

19 Oct - 13 Dec 2020

Brent Biennial: Pio Abad’s murals on the Burton Road and Kilburn High Road will depict personal, significant and idiosyncratic objects collected from residents that live in the area.

Kilburn High Road and Burton Road

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BRENT BIENNIAL: PAUL PURGAS

22 Oct - 13 Dec 2020

Brent Biennial: Co-commissioned with Camden Art Centre, artist and musician Paul Purgas will present an audio-visual installation exploring the sonic experimentations of India’s first electronic music studio, established at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India.

Metroland Studios (behind Kilburn Market)

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BRENT BIENNIAL: ADAM FARAH

24 Oct - 13 Dec 2020

Brent Biennial: Artist Adam Farah has been invited to develop a new moving image work. The new work will be a personal portrait of the borough.

Distributed on Kilburn High Road from 24 October 2020 and an online screening with LUX in November 2020.

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BRENT BIENNIAL: DHELIA SNOUSSI

Zines will be available and distributed from the 1 November 2020

Brent Biennial: Artist Dhelia Snoussi’s commission will support a collective process of alternative place making that will explore how we might begin to think about our areas through our lived experiences, relationships and connections as the basis of a new map.

Online

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BRENT BIENNIAL: INANIMATORZ

2 - 15 Nov 2020

Brent Biennial: Inanimatorz will creatively combine art, motion and metaphor to convey ideas and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Brent by collaborating with Brent based artists such as poet Amanda Epe.

Metroland Studios (behind Kilburn Market)

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BRENT BIENNIAL: ELECTRONIC SHEEP, KILBURN

28 Nov 2020

Brent Biennial: The Kilburn Tapestries is a knitted tapestry, based on the untold stories of the Irish community living in and around Kilburn, Brent.

Kilburn (TBC)

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BRENT BIENNIAL: LUCY FINE

28 Nov - 13 Dec 2020

Brent Biennial: Local artist, designer and fashion lecturer Lucy Fine will present a curated photography exhibition and book documenting the style of Brent’s vibrant residents.

Online

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BRENT BIENNIAL: FOR NOW for House of Life, WILLESDEN JEWISH CEMETERY

Opens 7 Dec 2020

Brent Biennial: Willesden Jewish Cemetery has commissioned For Now to create a sound piece as part of the ‘House of Life’ heritage experience opening at the cemetery in November.

Willesden Jewish Cemetery

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YASMIN NICHOLAS: The Children of the Sugar

19 Sep - 13 Dec 2020

Part of Brent Biennial, Brent-based artist Yasmin Nicholas has developed new collage works ‘The Children of the Sugar’ centering personal and collective histories that form Brent’s identity. Hear her recite her four poems that her collages bring together.

Online

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