Brent Culture Switch

Dates: Saturday 3rd – Sunday 4th October

Location: 660 Harrow Road, Wembley, HA0 2HB

Photos: Artwork at Barham Park Art Festival by Jorell Bonnick, Abubakar Akram, Lamin Athedo, Iffah Amaioua, Ricardo Cohen, Mohammed Imran Khan, Nyim Joe Leung and Daniel Seneviratne.


Barham Park Art Festival was a celebration of local artists creating in the artistic hub of Barham Park. Presented by ActionSpace, ACAVA and Barham Park Library, Barham Park Art Festival was part of the Brent Biennial for Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture and showcased the diverse range of creative artworks and people at the heart of the local community.

ActionSpace shared the vibrant work of Brent’s learning disabled community in the exhibition Brent Culture Switch. The exhibition gave a glimpse into how the artists switched their focus during lockdown, using art making as a means of expressing their thoughts whilst isolating. The ActionSpace Brent studio artists created new artworks for the exhibition and also exhibited the artworks created with the wider learning disabled community in Brent made earlier on in the year which can be viewed on the Brent Culture Switch project page.


Explore some of the artworks from the exhibition in the image gallery below.


ActionSpace Brent artist Nyim Joe Leung created a new animation. Working from a bird’s eye map image of Barham park, Joe created his own new colourful map with animated moving elements.


For the art festival, visitors were able to join in to create a large, playful sculpture outside in the park, inspired by the local architecture of Wembley Stadium. Weaving strands of colourful plastic the participants created a bold structure in the style of the stadium.



Watch the processes behind the exhibited artworks in this film shown in the exhibition and see the artists create in the ActionSpace Brent studio.



As part of the art festival ACAVA’s artist studios in Barham Park opened up their studios for an insight into the diverse creative practices that make up ACAVA’s Brent community of artists. Also Barham Library was transformed into an open gallery space, sharing artworks created by Brent’s local artists.



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