Led by locally based artists and creatives the Creative Mile is a Community Interest Company. Brentford-based artist Mr Mr Pearce, is the Creative Director, Adrian Shaw has joined the team this year, bringing more than 20 years of experience working with Tate, including launching and running their very success evening events, Tate Lates. Gwen Shabka is the Lead Fundraiser and has the key role of identifying funding and sponsorship for the event.
In recognition of the success of last year's 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".
The weekend will include artists from Brentford and across the borough of Hounslow for a weekend of open studios and exhibitions.
And we don’t just talk the talk. We walk the walk, too – as you’ll see when you stroll along the Brentford Art Trail, a sign-posted one-mile pedestrian route that connects 8 art venues exhibiting over 70 artists including painters, ceramicists, printmakers, hat makers, mosaic artists, jewellery makers, poets, musicians and sculptors.
As it meanders alongside The Thames, the 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, creative 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.
Creative Director for Creative Mile Mr Mr Pearce says, “I originally got the idea of a Brentford art trail when I had a studio on Johnsons Island. One of the things I noticed was how many people coming to our open studios 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.”
Brentford photographer and Lead Fundraiser for Creative Mile, Gwen Shabka, also sees great potential: “Our proximity to 3 waterways (The Thames, The Brent and the Grand Union Canal) plus our privileged access to an industrial waterway infrastructure that is largely intact not only binds our artistic community together, but also has a way of uniquely influencing out work”.
Mr Mr Pearce (Creative Director), Adrian Shaw (Event Producer) Gwen Shabka (Lead Fundraiser), Lucy Thurley (Creative People & Places)
Creative Mile is supported by funding from the Creative Enterprise West open studios programme, itself a part of the Mayor of London Creative Enterprise Zone scheme. Creative Mile acknowledges the support of Creative People and Places (Arts Council England), Watermans, Hounslow Council Summer of Culture Fund, Ballymore, and all the venues, artists, and volunteers that are participating in this inspiring event.
Creative Mile is a platform for celebrating local creative talent, supporting artists and makers
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