South Kilburn Studios – a creative workshop project in a disused building on the South Kilburn Estate – has been given a six month extension of funding.
The popular South Kilburn Studios breathed new life into the estate when it was transformed into studio space in April this year, say the council. For the last six months creative industry professionals have been working from the studios and training 16 of Brent’s young people in return for rent free studios.
The young people have been working alongside mentors that include a Vogue-featured designer, a photographer, two filmmakers and an established music producer allowing them unique access and experience into a trade of their choice.
There have also been weekly open days that give the community a chance to get hands on and learn something new as well as monthly show cases.
Brent Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Major Projects, Councillor George Crane said: “There is a genuine interest in community initiatives that seek to improve the lives and opportunities of those living in our borough. We believe initiatives like these help maintain a sense of pride and optimism in an area where physical changes are being made.
“They tackle some of the social issues which are just as important as the physical ones during regeneration. Projects like these are invaluable; as they help strengthen communities and bring education, employment and business opportunities to those who need them most.”
South Kilburn Studios is delivered in collaboration between Brent Council, South Kilburn Neighbourhood Trust, The Architecture Foundation and Practice Architecture.