From The Ground Up

Location: The Exhibition Space, 2nd Floor, The Library at Willesden Green
Date: 6 September 2021 – 3 December 2021

A partnership between Brent Museum and Archives (BMA) and the National Portrait Gallery (NPG), From The Ground Up is one of five projects that forms the NPG’s offsite programme; People Powered, during its temporary closure to transform the gallery.

People Powered is an exciting research and creative engagement project involving the NPG, borough archive services, local communities and contemporary artists. Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project outcomes will be represented within the central London gallery when it reopens in 2023. NPG also seeks to acquire new collections to represent the UK’s diverse heritage which emerge or result from People Powered’s local partnerships.

Since it first opened in 1923, Wembley Stadium has had a significant impact on the communities within Brent. Known as the home of English football, an industry with worldwide reach, this iconic venue has become a focal point for both residents and visitors. Over the years, it has hosted internationally famous athletes, musicians and performers, and we are looking to represent the individuals involved in industries that have shaped the nation of the UK. From The Ground Up will tell the stories of people who have made an impact either in their career or using the platform that a high profile location such as Wembley Stadium can offer.

Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

National Portrait Gallery  Heritage Fund