Usurp Art 140 Vaughan Road West Harrow HA1 4EB

Friday 13 May 2016

Doors open 7pm | Performance at 7.30pm

Drawing widely on her multiple heritages by extending and subverting traditional forms, Samia Malik’s ‘uncompromising’ yet ‘hauntingly beautiful’ work explores issues of identity, gender and race.

Book your ticket with a donation – all donations to the artist.
Limited tickets at the door.

combines live original bilingual songs with projections of translations, visual art and backing music featuring the eminent ‘sitarist to the stars’ Baluji Shrivastav. Touring arts centres, festivals, galleries and women’s organisations, with related workshops in songwriting and music, the 60-minute solo performance will be supported for selected shows by Bharatnatyam dancer Anne Tiburtius.

Samia released two warmly reviewed CDs of original songs based on the Ghazal form in Urdu and English (The Colour of The Heart 1998 Jaago – Wake Up 2004). National and international performances include a 15-date tour of India with the celebrated danseuse and political activist Mallika Sarabhai. Taking an extended break from touring to move into the more universal language of visual art with a focus on painting and video, Samia is back with a thrilling and accessible live multimedia performance – her body of work continues to ask challenging and important questions about our common humanity and has enthralled audiences from the UK to India.

There will be a drinks reception after the performance.

Usurp Art & West Harrow Neighbours Evening Get-Together

Saturday 7 May 2016

7.30pm to 11pm

Usurp gallery 140 Vaughan Road West Harrow


Ticket price £10 inc. one free drink and canapes.

Advance tickets only. No admissions on the door!

West Harrow Neighbours & Usurp  are excited to announce an evening get-together. The night will be a great chance to meet your neighbours (no children!) and raise some money towards our annual summer street party which will  be held on Sunday, June 12 2016.

10% of the profits will be donated to West Harrow Neighbours Street Party fund.

Usurp Art – Circuit Bending Delhi Parliament

Friday 25 March 2016

Two buildings – the Delhi Parliament and Secretariat. Two instruments – an handmade “senso-stamen” flower noise machine and a circuit bent toy.

Usurp Art at Khoj Delhi at the Reproduce Listening Room

Sunday 13 March 2016

Usurp Art at Khoj Artists Workshop

On Sun 13 March 2016, Usurp Art’s Conspirators of Pleasure performed at the Khoj Artists Workshop in Delhi as part of the eclectic series of sound nights called the Listening Room organised by the music collective, Reproduce. The series aims to fill a gap in the ever iterating and increasingly varied community of live music in India by showcasing talent that might not get heard in the more mainstream oriented venues. The night was packed out with an enthusiastic audience. Big thanks to Rana at Reproduce and all the crew at Khoj.

Usurp Art at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi India

Saturday 19 March 2016

2 - 6pm Free All Welcome

Usurp Zone5 Film screenings in New Delhi India

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!

Usurp Art at Disquiet Makers Asylum, Delhi

Sunday 20 March 2016

Disquiet are a series of random live events in New Delhi featuring experimental acoustics

Usurp Art & Banana House Delhi present Ohmsonic

Friday 18 March 2016

Ohmsonic a night of noise & sound art in India

Conspirators of Pleasure, Da Saz & Hemant Sreekumar.

Usurp Art at Reproduce Delhi

Sunday 6 March 2016

Excerpt from performance by Usurp Art's Conspirators of Pleasure who were surprise guests at the eclectic Reproduce Listening Room

Usurp Zone5 celebrates International Women’s Month in Delhi

Thursday 10 March 2016

11.30 - 1.30pm

Usurp celebrates International Women’s Month with the wonderful Kriti Film Club in Delhi and the "Projekt film and Photography Society" at Shri Ram College of Women.

Usurp celebrates International Women’s Month with the wonderful Kriti Film Club in Delhi and the “Projekt film and Photography Society” at Shri Ram College of Women.

Usurp celebrates Dada, Shakespeare, and Black Punk 2016

8 March - 31 December 2016

We are hosting a six month to mark the legacies of Shakespeare, Dada and Punk.

Starting on International Women’s Day on 8th March for the rest of 2016.  Usurp is organising an international programme of events to celebrate the legacies of Dada (in particular the women artists of Dada) , Shakespeare, and Punk. There will be abstract film screenings, chemical and static poetry, communal Dada paper and rag costume making and performance parties, strange dancing soirees, readings of soliloquies, graphics, puppet plays and an exhibition with the sounds of Black Punk. More information about participation soon.


Selections from our archive

Usurp Meets James Joyce

Tuesday 2 February 2016

This project was Commissioned by ‘Waywords and Meansigns’ an ambitious and forward looking idea to set Joyce’s seminal and experimental novel to music. We are delighted that the project has been featured in The Guardian newspaper:

International Women’s Day British Music Collection

Sunday 8 March 2015

Happy International Women’s Day with the British Music Collection!

Commissioned by Sound and Music | Google Cultural Institute.

Usurp Zone5 Film Festival

14 - 17 August 2015

Usurp Art Gallery organised an extraordinary, four day film festival with 84 experimental short films by 63 artists and filmmakers from over 15 countries, including Argentina, Germany, India, Jordan, Peru, Spain and South Africa. This is the first time an experimental film festival has taken place in the London Borough of Harrow.

Festival website

Usurp Chance Tour 2014 – Cage and Beyond

15 March - 8 May 2014

Usurp Art Gallery presents two dynamic, ensemble performances, exploring perceptual concepts of chance, time, listening and humour, and the breadth and parameters of improvisational approaches in new music.

Conspirators of Pleasure performing live on NTS Radio

Friday 3 April 2015

The Conspirators of  Pleasure Live on Graham Dunning’s ‘Fractal Meat on a Spongy Bone’ radio show 3rd April 2015. Featuring Poulomi Desai – Modified Sitar and Electronics and Simon Underwood – Modified Toys and Electronics.

Listings Listings Archive

British Council / Arts Council England Funded Project

Sunday 14 February 2016

“Vermillion Sands” – supported by the British Council and Arts Council England. Thanks to supportive funding, Poulomi Desai of Usurp will be travelling to India.

Usurp at the London Contemporary Music Festival

Friday 11 December 2015

Usurp's Poulomi Desai will be premiering a new composition and performance inspired by JG Ballard's short stories in "Vermillion Sands" at this acclaimed festival of new music.

Usurp at Hundred Years Gallery

Sunday 29 November 2015

Marjolaine Charbin, Poulomi Desai, Artur Vidal, Douglas Benford.


Friday 1 May 2015

müllZimmer (Jonas Gustafsson & Lia Mazzari) want to convert a disused Water Tank in Lewisham in to an Art/Event Space.