Contemporary Visual Arts Network London takes up a Studio at Metroland Studios, Kilburn

CVAN London is delighted to announce its residency at Metroland Studios: the London Chapter of Contemporary Visual Arts Network joins Metroland Cultures in their studio building in Kilburn, North West London.

Both CVAN London and Metroland Studios exist to connect artists and others in the industry to share knowledge and create community. CVAN London finding a home at Metroland Studios offers both organisations a chance to deepen and broaden this work.

“We are delighted to host CVAN London at Metroland Studios. Over the last 4 years our work has focused on supporting artists, young people and visual arts collaborations to grow and develop in our Kilburn studios. The mission of the building is to create a community of artists to support and nurture one another. CVAN brings a London-wide lens to the building and we are excited to see partnerships develop with our work across London.” 

Lois Stonock, Founder Director of Metroland Cultures

“We are thrilled to be resident at Metroland Studios and extremely grateful to Lois Stonock and the team for generously hosting us. It is a wonderful opportunity for London’s visual arts network to join a creative community of artists, writers, cultural workers and organisations. Until now, our network events have been virtual but with access to the studios’ social space and gallery, we are excited to be able to come together in person, co-produce opportunities and deliver artist development programmes for creatives in Brent and across the city. We look forward to working in partnership and supporting the next generation of artists, arts workers and arts organisations to co-create a fair and equitable visual arts sector.”

– Jo Townshend, Chair Director, London Contemporary Visual Arts Network.

Metroland Studios is an initiative of Metroland Cultures who also deliver the Brent Biennial, Peer-to-Peer and Metroland Young Associates. In the face of increasing challenges for artists to live and work in London, Metroland Cultures offer free studio residencies to 24 artists, writers, cultural workers and organisations living and working in London with a connection to Brent. Through their work, Metroland Cultures looks to build long term and deep relationships with the artists and initiatives in their building, with the aim to not only provide access to studio space but to build a community of artists that support each other and the local community of Kilburn. Alongside CVAN London, Metroland Studios is home to Other Cinemas, OOMK, K2K Radio and other 20 artists and collectives. In partnership with Brent Council, Metroland Cultures has been located in their building, a former health clinic found behind Kilburn High Road, since 2020. Since 2020, Metroland Cultures has supported 36 artists with free studio spaces, and over 500 artists and young people across their programmes.

Photo Credit: Bill Dags private view at Metroland Studios, photo by Tom Cole.
Photo Credit: Bill Dags private view at Metroland Studios, photo by Tom Cole.