Here’s a treat from next-door Brent that you don’t want to miss. The Brent Biennial brings together over 20 new artworks inspired by the cultures, places and people of the borough – displayed across the ‘gallery’ of Brent itself. From libraries to laundrettes, on buildings and on billboards, every piece of art has been installed in public spaces: a biennial designed as much to be stumbled across by chance as to be visited intentionally.
Let’s start with some works you can visit right away. Yasmin Nicholas’s collage series The Children of the Sugar is on show on advertising hoardings, reclaiming these spaces for storytelling of a more traditional kind. Consisting of poems layered over community portraits, there’s something refreshing about finding her work in shop windows, by bus stops and on A-boards. A limited run of posters is also available to take away, “in places of personal care and maintenance, spaces of care, gossip and relationships”. Nicholas’ pieces are scattered across Kilburn and Queen’s Park, and you’ll find the nearest at Kilburn Market.