This year's art competition is now closed,
and the artwork is flying high!
This was part of our community design & wayfinding project. Scroll down for the full story...

January - February 2019



What journeys do people in Harlesden take?

What inspires you about Harlesden and the journey that it is on?

Can art create change in Harlesden and help people find their way around?

We are looking for anyone keen to get creative to submit unique pieces of artwork - inspired by Harlesden and the theme ‘journeys’ – for displaying along Harlesden’s busy pedestrian routes.

Winning entries will be chosen by an impressive judging panel  (JUDGES ANNOUNCED: Local mural artists, Mahogany and London Borough of Culture representative), and the successful entrants will visit a graphic design studio where their artworks will be prepared for printing onto banners.

The finished designs will then be showcased along routes to the High Street for the whole community to enjoy - creating a brighter, more welcoming environment and help guide people to our town centre.

As well as having their artwork proudly showcased, the judges’ top 3 artists will win shopping vouchers worth £125, £50 and £25! 


The artwork(s) must be:

  • bold and colourful

  • min. A3 in size

  • 2D

Portrait is preferred but not essential - the final banners will be like the image on the flyer above (in portrait). So your design may be cropped or displayed along more than one banner - see ‘Conditions’.

The competition is open to anyone, although we are particularly keen to showcase work by local residents or groups, including schools and youth groups. 

1.Make note of the criteria above and conditions below

2. Then explore the theme and create your artwork! Do a solo project, get some friends or a group together, or take part in one of our free workshops to produce your piece.

3. Enter the competition via the online form below

4. Then take some clear photos of your artwork and email them to us -

5. Finally, keep a look out! The judging panel will announce the winners after the deadline - deadline for entry and submissions has been extended to Monday 18th February.


We will be running a public art workshop - including demonstrations by Abundance Arts - to help develop your ideas into a work of art! This free workshop is open to all and held on Saturday 26th January at Harlesden Library – drop in at 10:30am or 1pm. We will also be delivering intro sessions with local groups – get in touch if you’d like us to come to your group.


The competition is now open and the deadline for entry and submissions has been extended to Monday 18th February. Winners will be notified within 14 days of the deadline and the graphic design session will be arranged.


The artwork must be original to you and we may ask you to demonstrate how you created it!

The submitted artworks and the winners’ names will be used on Harlesden Neighbourhood Forum’s publicity and communications channels (with your permission) .

In the winners’ graphic design session, you and the designer may decide to slightly adapt or crop the image of your original submitted artwork to ensure it works in the best way on the banners.

Any queries are welcome – please contact

Scroll down to see more info about the background of this project, or download a copy of this info here.


Please note the competition is now closed. Thanks to all who entered!



Harlesden Neighbourhood Forum want to help create a brighter and more welcoming environment between Willesden Junction Station and the High Street, while enabling the community to design for their environment.

This 3-year project aims to celebrate and strengthen the identity of Harlesden, support civic pride and involve local people in their community and environment through art and design.

History & support

The Forum is a volunteer-led independent community group of local residents, organisations and employees. We have been working since 2015 to support the improvement of Harlesden in a number of areas, including the environment, transport and the local economy. You can read more about us and our work at our website.

The idea for the project comes from consultation with young people through our Neighbourhood Planning engagement work. To deliver the project, the Forum has secured some funding from a national scheme (‘Community Infrastructure Levy’) via Brent Council, earmarked to support local community activity. We also welcome the support of local partners and stakeholders.

The project will complement more robust investment and support that is anticipated from official departments to help the town centre thrive. We work regularly alongside these departments (within Brent Council and the OPDC) to help the community remain at the heart of their work.

With thanks to our partners and supporters Abundance Arts, Feeling Peaky, The Beat London, Sainsburys/Argos and Brent council.


Good luck!

March 2019

April 2019

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