Brent Biennial 2022: Dreaming in Colour

ActionSpace’s Brent studio artists present two exhibitions for Brent Biennial 2022


Dreaming in Colour

21 July – 1 September
Kiln Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 7J
Monday – Friday: 9am – 7.30pm, Saturday 10am – 7.30pm, Sunday CLOSED

‘Dreaming in Colour’ is a new wall work and exhibition opening on 21 July at Kiln Theatre as part of Brent Biennial 2022. The wall work was produced as a collaborative piece for the Biennial by artist Jorell Bonnick with local young people who attend SEN schools and day centres, Woodfield School, The Village School, The Inclusion Project and John Billam Centre. The young people took part in printmaking workshops at ActionSpace’s Brent studio, taking inspiration from Jorell’s work and their reflections on the borough as home. Jorell then collated the works into one large fabric banner to hang in the entrance space of Kiln Theatre. The banner, as a collective work, celebrates the interconnectedness of our communities and how a sense of care and connection can make us feel at home.

The installation will coincide with Kiln Theatre’s new play ‘The Darkest Part of the Night’, by Zodwa Nyoni, which tells the story of a brother and sister coping in the aftermath of their mother’s death. The brother is autistic, and the play explores the complexities and beauty of what it means to care for one another.

Shown alongside is an exhibition of six artists from ActionSpace’s Brent studio in Barham Park with works by Abubakar Akram, Iffah Amaioua, Jorell Bonnick, Mohammed Imran Khan, Joe Leung and Daniel Seneviratne.


I close my eyes and dream away

Opening 7 July, various locations

Jorell Bonnick was also selected as one of four artists in Brent to produce a billboard artwork for Brent Biennial. Jorell’s artwork, titled ‘I close my eyes and dream away’ is formed of hand drawn artworks featuring his distinctive masses of coloured marks. Read more about Jorrell’s commission. 


About Brent Biennial 2022

Titled ‘In the House of my Love’, the Biennial will bring together artists and groups whose work proposes various strategies for homemaking within the context of hostile environments. The 2022 Brent Biennial theme pays homage to the many histories and legacies of migration that have made Brent the second most ethnically diverse borough in London. Eliel Jones, curator of Brent Biennial, wrote about the Brent Biennial in this article in Art Review.

Our Brent studio artists had a major presence in Brent Borough of Culture and the first Brent Biennial in 2020 and have established themselves as a key component of Brent’s cultural landscape.

To find out more about ActionSpace’s Brent Biennial 2020 programme ‘Brent Culture Switch’ here.


Supported by Brent Biennial 2022, produced by Metroland Cultures. ActionSpace’s Brent studio is supported by John Lyon’s Charity.

Image: Drawing by ActionSpace artist Jorell Bonnick


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