NW6 is set to become a new cultural hub for London, with the opening of The Albert, a new pop-up venue in South Kilburn for art, live performances, sports, food growing, cooking, music and more.
Brent Council’s thriving pop up family has a new addition, an empty building in South Kilburn which is being transformed into a temporary community space providing activities from cooking to dance classes for local people.
The former British Legion building on Albert Road is currently being transformed by a team of architects, carpenters, artists and local construction trainees into a new pop-up venue for arts and community well-being. The center, which will also include an external ballcourt and green space, will be open to the public in November when a diverse range of artists, cooks, performers, dancers, choreographers and the unexpected will move into the Albert Centre. They will provide a new and exciting program of activities, workshops and events for Brent residents. For a limited time only – The Albert will bring together a range of playful projects that people can take part in – projects that test them physically and creatively through movement, play, music and song, taste, touch, dance and socialising.
The local neighbourhood and the general public are invited to The Albert to embark on experiments, enjoy the pop-up café and restaurant, join the cycle training, try out something new: sing in a choir, perform as a dancer, grow vegetables, and learn to cook or get physical! Lead Member of Regeneration and Major Project Cllr George Crane said: “As a council Brent is really leading on the pop up front. We see meanwhile use of empty buildings or spaces as the perfect compliment to regeneration and a great way to engage with the residents who continue to live in an area that is undergoing dramatic change.
“When buildings around them are being knocked down and the area starts to feel more like a building site meanwhile projects help keep a sense of community and bring so many opportunities to those who live near them.” There will be lots of interesting spaces and activities to explore including a community food growing project, a public kitchen, exhibitions, and a food market.
A detailed program will be published on the information boards outside The Albert and on the website www.thealbert.org.uk As part of the on going regeneration of South Kilburn, art projects like this are being delivered by Brent Council to improve local skills and spaces for the community. The Albert has been commissioned by the London Borough of Brent as a “meanwhile project” and is designed and managed by What if: projects Ltd (www.what-if.info) in collaboration with a curatorial team consisting amongst others of choreographers h2dance (www.h2dance.com) and visual artists Accidents&Emergence (www.accidentandemergence.com). A sports hall, various function rooms and treatment suites are available for hire to individuals or groups. THE ALBERT will be open to the public from January 2012 to June 2013.
Ulrike Steven, Director of the The Albert Project says: “We wanted to offer local residents, in addition to our talented tenants, a space to play. We hope The Albert will become a hub of the local community, where people pop in for a drink in the café, or take the time to sign up and enjoy a free class from some of the UK’s finest emerging talent.”