Regenerating and converting a classic suburban 1930’s butcher’s shop, we have created an arts hub for meeting, learning, empowering, exchange and thinking. Usurp is the only professional artist-led, multi art form venue in Harrow, a London borough with a dynamic demographic of the most diverse languages spoken in the UK and over 60% BAME population. We are proud of our broad diversity and are led by a queer, black / Asian founder. Since 2012, Usurp is an accredited member of, Film Hub London, Grow Wild, the BFI Audience Network and is a BFI neighbourhood cinema. It was the first to introduce Arts Award to the borough, training 12 people as accredited Advisers and our creative learning projects have been graded by Ofsted as “excellent and outstanding”.
Usurp Art founded in 2000, launched the Usurp arts space and studios in 2010, the first public art gallery and affordable artist studios in Harrow. We develop opportunities for communities to engage with artists, musicians, scientists, poets, filmmakers, activists, writers, performers and designers. Open to experimental ideas in all media, we support creatives to collaborate in research and action, and actively encourage a wide range of audiences to participate in the creation of artworks that challenge conformity, prejudice and discrimination.