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

Politics, Sound and Photography
8 - 10 January 2016

A long weekend workshop at Usurp collectively exploring the politics of photography, political photography and the representation of sound in photography.

Usurp at Supernormal Festival 2014
Saturday 9 August 2014

Usurp will be at Supernormal Festival again this year creating the "Toy Arkestra" - an ecstatic musical fusion of Sun Ra and noise-making toys.

Extraordinary Sounds from Ordinary Things
Saturday 13 July 2013
11.30am to 4pm at Usurp Art Gallery


A specially devised workshop to make a collective, playful soundscape for recording and performance using everyday objects and toys.

Sound Boxes - Part 1
13 July - 12 August 2012

Learn how to make sound boxes and a performance - free weekend workshop for 5-10 year olds.

Stepping Stones
Tuesday 3 January 2012

16 Week Course in Contemporary Art. Usurp Art Gallery & Studios in partnership with Mind in Harrow launch its first brand new 'Stepping Stones Personal Budgets Package'.

Ho Ho Ho!
Saturday 26 November 2011

Make unique christmas baubles ready for your tree! Using upcycled materials - sari's, colourful fabrics, ribbons, sequins and glitter.

Memory soundtracks
20 - 30 November 2011

What are your life soundtracks that make up your identity? Transitions and the twists of nostalgia.

The Origin of Painting Workshop
Saturday 4 December 2010

Educational workshop relating to the physics, chemistry and art-historial references of the light graffiti and shadow photography aspects of “The Origin of Painting” exhibition

Indigenous Art Techniques from India
Saturday 9 October 2010
2 - 6 pm

Explore and learn the special techniques of Gond painting from accomplished Pardhan Gond artist, Rajendra Shyam.

Under One Sky Festival
Sunday 27 June 2010

Usurp at "Under One Sky" Festival. Mass polaroid workshops, making art films and large scale action paintings.

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