Josh McNorton to head Wembley Arts ready for Brent 2020

Wembley Park Arts, at the heart of Brent’s year as London Borough of Culture for 2020, is to be headed by Rich Mix’s Josh McNorton.

With the title of cultural director, McNorton will build a new cultural programme with commissioning, co-production, cultural infrastructure support and partnerships.

Candian-born, before being head of arts and culture programmes at Bethnal Green’s Rich Mix in London, McNorton was the producer at Nesta’s FigureFest, and then co-founder of Open Senses.

The development of McNorton’s new role has been supported by Futurecity, the London based global placemaking and public art agency. 

The programme is core funded by Wembley Park, with additional funding from partnership, sponsorship and other platforms. The cultural strategy for the area has already provided affordable artist studios, a public art programme and free events. It will partner with other venues in the area, including the new flexible capacity theatre Troubadour, which is to host the National Theatre’s Warhorse in October and November. Getty Images Gallery opened in Olympic Way in June, and it will feature a year-long programme of exhibitions.

“Wembley Park is unique - it has an amazing cultural heritage, we are creating the largest rental neighbourhood in the UK, and now we are creating a whole cultural ecosystem with the particular needs of that local community in mind” said Wembley Park’s chief operating office, James Saunders. “Whether a resident, a shopper or a day tripper, creating exceptional experiences every day is what Wembley Park is about. Wembley Park Arts is key to delivering that, from our brilliant free cultural programme to creating new partnership and opportunities.”


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