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

Tender Constructions
Veronica Grassi

Veronica Grassi, a wonderful textile artist is now in residence in our studio in the garden and we have offered her the gallery this weekend to show her work and meet visitors.

BLACK ART!
Bloodlines
2 - 31 August 2019

A performance exhibition by Bloodlines, a new local BAME group - in the dark for an audience of one each time.

The Future in / of the Past - Leverhulme Trust

“The Future in / of the Past”. A series of artworks / gifts created as part of a residency funded by the Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence Grant at Heritage Quay, the archives of the University of Huddersfield 2016 - permanent display.

The Bear Cupboard
19 - 27 December 2014
6-9pm every night inc. xmas day

‘The Bear Cupboard’ highlights the stark and impoverished Christmas facing many people living in Britain today under this government’s punitive austerity program.

Usurp Arts Lab #2
Various Artists
7 - 29 October 2012

Exhibitions and performances from some of Usurp's Associate Artists.

Oorwonde
Laura Maes
24 February - 22 April 2012

Oorwonde is an interactive aural installation in which the visitor becomes a willing ‘patient’ to hear, feel, influence and manipulate the soundtrack of a fictitious operation.

Threshold
Paul Chivers
11 November - 4 December 2011

This exhibition explores the sonic thresholds that control reactions in other sounds and within our selves.

FEMINIST JOYBOX
Hanna Nauska, Anne-Mari Pasanen and Isabel Pathirane
2 September - 1 October 2011

A mixed media exhibition around feminism, the construction of identity, and the problematics of the language of art.

TAKING THE STREETS – GLOBAL PROTEST
Jess Hurd
24 June - 8 August 2011

Features photographs and video from Egypt and the UK, and marks the 10th death anniversary this year of Carlo Giuliani, killed by police at a G8 demonstration in Genoa.

The Origin of Painting + Fire in the Eye
Disinformation
14 January - 13 March 2011

A large and highly interactive and enjoyable experimental painting exhibit, created by the electronic music and art project, Disinformation.

Metroland Media
Various Artists
26 July - 1 August 2010

An exciting multi-media exhibition of short films, and photographic and text montages created as part of Usurp’s digital arts learning programme for 14-18 year olds.

Whispers in Shallow Window
Drey Mandi Collective
3 - 18 July 2010

A collaborative exhibition project by the Drey Mandi Collective.

Preview Three Views
Natalie Leer, Aoife Twomey and Julie London
2 - 9 June 2010

A collaborative exhibition celebrating the eclectic nature of the Usurp Gallery Support team.

TEEN AGE
Cathy Ward
17 April - 30 May 2010

Cathy Ward transforms the gallery space into an ethereal parlour of symbol-laden landscapes.

Naissance
Various Artists
12 February - 31 March 2010

The Usurp Art Collective has successfully launched the only contemporary art gallery and studios in the London Borough of Harrow.

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