Usurp Art, our BAME led arts charity, is now nomadic in 2020, having survived a vitriolic attack by five white 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, and 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 2020 - 1 January 2022

“The New Normal Memorial” commissions – beyond a plinth and a headstone – coming soon. Usurp Art moves on beyond what it has faced…We celebrate again to create something new with BAME / BIPOC / QTIPOC artists and creative thinkers (we love 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.


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