South Asian LGBTQIA+ movie night ‘Together’

Together celebrates the power of the human spirit to overcome hardship and shine a spotlight on communities most affected by Covid19.

Usurp Art, our BAME led arts charity, is now nomadic in 2020, having survived a vitriolic attack by what can only be called – racist people. We are moving forwards with new projects, to create a more humane and equitable future. Currently, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, our volunteers and supporters are helping those most vulnerable in our communities. We are supporting our local and international projects and partners, though online and phone delivery. We launched the first public art gallery and artist studios in Harrow in 2010 with our project “Metro-land”, creating an arts hub in West Harrow for meeting, learning, empowering, exchange and thinking, and had over 40,000 visitors and mentored 75 people. We introduced Arts Award to the borough for the first time, training 12 people as accredited Advisers, and our creative learning projects for people with disablities and learning needs have been graded by Ofsted as “excellent and outstanding”. See more about us on this website, join us on social media, sign up to our email list, and watch this space for our new ventures. Sign our support petition to find us a new space

“I know a land where the wild flowers grow. Near, near at hand if by train you go, Metroland, Metroland” George R. Sims

The New Normal Memorial

19 June - 30 November 2020

‘The New Normal Memorial’ commissions – beyond a plinth and a headstone.

Usurp Art moves on beyond what it has faced…We celebrate again to create something new with QTIPOC /BAME /BIPOC artists and creative thinkers (we embrace all acronyms over the decades as they float, get broken and transform) …We appreciate the emergency funding from Arts Council England to support us right now – the usual financial “greedy capitalist” models have been failing our communities for a long time with people kicking back against it – we need new models for living beyond surviving.

Usurp Art is proud to be commissioning: Black Venus, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Lyall Hakaraia, Raju Rage and Nad Ma, Say It Loud Club, Tanoa Sasraku, The Mollusc Dimension, Umber Ghauri.

Together – learning, thinking, building

2 March 2020 - 2 March 2021

Update: In light of the Covid 19 pandemic, this project has temporarily moved online from the wonderful space, Open Ealing, with art workshops, presentations and one to one telephone support to those isolated and facing any abuse. Please contact us if you would like to participate and / or need support, advice, food delivery, housing and any financial need as we can help through our BAME LGBTQ+ friends, networks and allies – everything will be kept anonymous as per our charity policies. An arts based and social agenda project to bring together older South Asian LGBTQ+ people in Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow to support each other and collectively build our futures.

This project has been made possible by the kind support of the Community Fund.

You can also contact the groups listed here: https://virtualpride2020.com/information-and-help

Selections from our archive

Making sense of stereoscopic vision

Commissioned workshop based project for students to understand the use of stereoscopes in the past to make sense of landscapes and topography. Students learnt about the use in photogeology, military usage, the history of making stereoscopic apparatus and its applications in leisure, and psycho-physiological issues of seeing in stereo / 3D. Students made their own stereoscopic photographs of imagined landscapes and used vintage stereoscopes to view.

Thanks to NCVO and all the schools involved. More workshops in 2019.

Creative Industries – what does this mean

An introduction to what the purse string holders mean by the creative industries and how you can get involved. From start up web based services to fine art studios, there has been a shift to private funding of the arts and creative spaces. The mantras include “become a landlord and see your investment grow, become a tenant on a short lease and sell things”. Who benefits, who loses out in the long run, and what will be left for the public to shape our

All tickets gone – sorry – we will organise another one soon.

“We Are The Lions” the story of the Grunwick strike 1976 -1978

Usurp is delighted that we are involved with the Grunwick 40 exhibition, “We are the Lions” that has been researched and curated by our artistic director, Poulomi Desai and organised by the Grunwick 40 group.

AND I

Marcia Farquhar & Reynir Hutber

Usurp Art is proud to present the premiere screening of “And I”, an eight hour collaborative video work by performance artist and notorious orator, Marcia Farquhar and experimental filmmaker, Reynir Hutber.

Usurp Art Professional Development Workshop

Usurp Art  in collabaration with Creative Capital presents a one day workshop on Arts Management, Funding Strategy, Proposal writing and marketing. Facilitated by Manick Govinda, Emilia Telese and Jacquie Moses.

Usurp Art at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi India

Saturday 19 March 2016

2 - 6pm Free All Welcome

Usurp was proud to present, in collaboration with the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi India, a selection of screenings from our acclaimed, experimental film festival, Usurp Zone5, featuring more than 50 works from over 15 countries. Many of the award winning films were screened for the first time in India.  Our free event was very well attended and the response was amazing –  visitors were so excited and appreciative to experience such a diverse and engaging selection of experimental films they all left wanting more!

Listings  Listings Archive

1989 This is Tomorrow: de-canonisation and decolonisation

Saturday 9 November 2019

An one-day international conference examining the decentring of dominant art historical narratives of the late twentieth century.Read More

 
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