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To: Mayor of Harrow & The Mayor of London

Save the Usurp Art Gallery & Studios

Save the Usurp Art Gallery & Studios

Our cultural gem and the first community artist space and studios in Harrow is being closed down as our landlords have decided not to renew our lease or sell us the building contrary to what we were led to believe. It has been a huge struggle to deal with Harrow Council to try and get any support, so we need your support to build a campaign to secure a new space for communities.

Social spaces, libraries and community centres are being closed down everyday - London has lost 35% of grassroots venues, 61% LGBT+ venues, and it is estimated that 24% of artists’ workspace sites are at risk of closure (Greater London Authority survey). Help us to find a new home so we are not another statistic.

Please sign this petition, and share everywhere. You can donate to our charity for our campaign for our future via paypal: https://www.paypal.me/usurpartcharity
#isupportUSURP www.usurp.org.uk
Charity no: 1183720

Why is this important?

Please sign this petition, and share everywhere. You can donate to our charity for our future via paypal: https://www.paypal.me/usurpartcharity

Our charity started the first gallery and affordable studios in the borough 10 years ago led by diverse local residents and volunteers. We are an arts hub for learning, meeting and organising, and the only secular, artist-led space in the area. We work locally, nationally and internationally, bringing in knowledge, skills and resources to help communities thrive.

100s of artists, writers, performers and musicians have been supported. Tens of 1000s of people have participated in our contemporary arts and cultural activities, and over 200 people have found work / gone on to study thanks to our award winning learning and mentoring programmes. Unique to Harrow, we support LGBTQ+ people in shared creativity and introduced Arts Award to the borough, training 12 Arts Award Advisers.

We are applying for funds to find another space and need your help.
You can donate to our charity for our future via paypal: https://www.paypal.me/usurpartcharity
#isupportUSURP www.usurp.org.uk
Charity no: 1183720

How it will be delivered

Email and an event.

Harrow

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Reasons for signing

  • Please may I have playdays to come back.
  • Diversity in the arts ecosystem is essential for the health of culture.
  • I was a volunteer here and it taught me a lot and my experience helped me get a job

Updates

2019-10-06 20:34:14 +0100

100 signatures reached

2019-10-06 18:05:50 +0100

50 signatures reached

2019-10-06 16:00:52 +0100

25 signatures reached

2019-10-06 13:29:05 +0100

10 signatures reached