Brent Civic Centre, London: Faisal Abdu’Allah – The Park Royals

Faisal Abdu’Allah - ‘The Park Royals’ - photographic tapestry (Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation [OPDC] Annual Art Commission)

One of London’s largest and most vibrant industrial areas, Park Royal, in the northwest of the city, is home to a thriving community of makers and creators. On 31st October, the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) unveiled the winning entry of its Annual Art Commission, The Park Royals by visual artist Faisal Abdu’Allah.

It takes the form of two large jacquard woven photo-tapestries, reworked from a series of photographs of 22 residents and workers from Park Royal, intricately weaving together the lives, stories and struggles of two generations who make up the area’s industrial heart.

Born and bred in Park Royal, artist Faisal is a descendant of the Windrush generation. He studied art at Central St Martins and the Royal College of Art, and his work has been exhibited internationally.

Now on display at Brent Civic Centre, The Park Royals, produced by Create London and created in collaboration with the local community, pays homage to the city’s diversity, and marks Black History Month, paving the way for Brent’s year as London Borough of Culture in 2020.

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