Brent 2020 – Kensal Rise Library

Kensal Rise


Brent 2020 Brent Biennial: John Rogers, Kensal Rise Library

I’ve been producing a project for Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture based at Kensal Rise Library.

I’ll create a social mapping project through a series of walks, talks, workshops and public events to produce a subjective and surprising audio-visual portrait of the area surrounding Kensal Rise Library, investigating people’s lived experiences, memories and subjective psychogeography of the area.

Members of the public will be invited to join a number of led walks and to contribute their own walks in the area to add into the project.

I’m keen to hear from anyone who’d like to contribute to the project or who’s interested in attending the events and walks – please email:


Due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, I’m afraid we have had to cancel the planned talk by Willesden Local History Society on 31st March.

Please check back for updates on forthcoming events.

You can find more information about the project here

Kensal Rise

John Rogers

Kensal Rise map

map design by Joe Hales

September 2020 update: Images from the project

John Rogers Brent Biennial


  1. Katharine Priest   •  

    I was born in 1959 in Park Royal. Lived in Herbert Gardens- moved back in 2015. Have photos.

    I love the history of the First London Suburb.

    • JohnR   •     Author

      Hi Katherine – I’d love to see your photos if possible – would you be interested in meeting to talk about them?

  2. Stewart Gibbs   •  

    I am 64 and have lived in Kensal Rise all my life. I love the place and have seen some changes during that time.Apart from maybe downsizing sometime I am not intending leaving either.

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