Annual Art Commission

The Annual Art Commission will see a new major artwork created each year in collaboration with local people, businesses and organisations in west London, and will encourage broader exploration of the heritage of London’s largest and most vibrant industrial area, Park Royal.

The commission, now in its second year, is open to artists living and working both nationally and internationally. Artists are required to have an understanding the local context and to demonstrate how they will engage with local communities in the area during the realisation of the project. 

The 2018 commission was awarded to visual artist and barber, Faisal Abdu’Allah, for “The Park Royals” a new piece of work which was created in collaboration with an inter-generational group of twenty-two workers from Park Royal, where Abdu’Allah was born and raised.

The outcome is a staged tableau featuring the group of workers printed across two large-scale photo-tapestries.

Getting involved

“The Park Royals” will be exhibited in Brent Civic Centre from October-December 2019. Free admission to all during Civic Centre opening hours.

Key Dates

  • 2018 Commission exhibition opens - Oct 2019 (exact date TBC)
  • 2019 Commission recipient announced and 2020 Open Call launched - Autumn 2019 


This is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England as part of the Great Place Scheme. In March 2017, OPDC was awarded a grant of almost £1.5 million to deliver The Great Place Scheme, an ambitious and community-focused three-year programme of activities, events and projects.

Project team

OPDC leads:  Grace Williams – Great Place Scheme Programme Manager, Sid Patrick – Great Place Scheme Project Support Officer, Priya Jethwa – Arts in Industry Community Organiser

Key partners and stakeholders: Create 

In the Making

In the Making is a collection of activities that OPDC will deliver to shine a light on the positive changes happening now as part of this once-in-a-lifetime regeneration opportunity, delivering everyday improvements with local communities.


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