Led by locally based artists and creatives, Creative Mile is a not for profit, Community Interest Company.
The weekend includes artists and makers from Brentford and across the borough of Hounslow for a weekend of open studios and exhibitions.
Brentford's Art Trail connects venues along with exhibiting artists, creatives and makers including painters, ceramicists, printmakers, hat makers, mosaic artists, jewellery makers, poets, musicians and sculptors.
As it meanders alongside the Thames, Creative Mile not only offers visitors inspiration (and the opportunity to make a shrewd acquisition), it also affords them a rare glimpse of Brentford’s industrial past as well as a snapshot of today’s vibrant riverside community.
The truth is, if you threw a stick out of a window in Brentford, the chances are you’d hit an artist (or a musician, or a designer, or a performer). But for too long it’s been London’s hidden secret. And we think it’s high time that changed.
In recognition of the success of the launch event that saw more than 3000 visitors over the weekend, Creative Mile was nominated in the One Hounslow Community Awards 2021 in the Community Together Category "for the outstanding contribution to galvanising people and organisations to work in partnership, particularly across diversity of communities (e.g. of ethnicity, age, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender) to overcome a challenge or create something positive for the wider benefit of others".
Creative Director for Creative Mile Mr Mr Pearce says, “One of the things I noticed as an artist involved in organising open studio events during my time at Johnsons Island was how many people would say that they had lived in the area for years and never knew we were there. This got me thinking about how we could increase awareness and I thought maybe the best way would be by joining forces with other artists, museums and art centres so we did something together. Brentford has a great creative community, and I hope that this event will give artists working in the area a chance to showcase their work to a wider audience and has the potential to become an annual event that will grow year by year.”
Creative Mile is a free event for the community that provides artists and makers an opportunity to exhibit their work to a large audience. It is open to all forms of art and creativity
Support Brentford's community of independent artists and creatives providing them with an opportunity to promote their work to a wider audience and to sell their work.
To provide an annual arts event held over three days to engage and inspire residents to engage in the creative cultural offer in Brentford.
To produce and deliver a local event that connects residents and the creative community during this time when the area is undergoing major regeneration and recovering from a national lockdown.
To build Brentford's identity as an arts and cultural destination
Make it Happen
Keep it real
Event and Creative Director
Also known as Mark, is a Brentford based artist who is responsible for the creative direction, building relationships with creatives and partners and raising awareness of the event. Mark has been involved in Creative Mile since the first event in 2021. He is also a Company Director for Creative Mile Community Interest Company.
Jess keeps everything organised and updated and deals with day to day queries from artists and venues. She will be studying a BA in Fine Art later in 2023.
Suzette an accomplished actor, who supporting Creative Mile by finding volunteers and ensuring they have a good experience.
Margaret has over 20 years experience of managing libraries, arts, heritage and visual collections and is focussed on grant writing to help fund the event.
Creative Mile would like to thank everyone who has visited the event and all the wonderful artists, makers, venues, the Creative Mile team including all the volunteers that have made the event happen. In addition we would like to thank everyone who has been supporting, helping and encouraging us. We would like to acknowledge the funding from the all the grant providers and local businesses that have sponsored the event without which it would not be possible to put on the event.