Photo project celebrating family businesses in London’s Brent is one of the first projects announced for London Borough of Culture 2020

A photographic exhibition that celebrates family businesses in the London Borough of Brent is to be one of the projects to be launched as part of the London Borough of Culture 2020, won by Brent. A Lifetime’s Work is a photographic project focusing on families serving the community within Brent which celebrates and recognises the diversity of independent family businesses over generations that have played a major role to the local Brent community and to the wider world in the past, present and the future.  It is curated and photographed by local Brent photographer Jude Wacks.

Wacks, a photographer, mental health campaigner and mother of 4 teenage daughters said: “Family run businesses that that have been run from generation to generation are such an important fabric of Brent life.  They are such an integral part of the community and deserve recognition for the valuable contribution they play to help, support and nurture it.”

Wacks added: “I moved to Brent, it’s people, places and environment celebrates and reflects the diversity and richness that makes up society and helps to develop and create such a positive identity for so many. As someone working in the visual arts, Brent has so much to offer that allows me as a photographer to develop my passion for photography as a way of visually communicating, celebrating and documenting people, places and issues.”

“The Brent 2020 programme is committed to supporting local artists, creatives, community groups and cultural organisations of all shapes and sizes,” says Lois Stonock, Artistic Director of London Borough of Culture 2020, won by Brent. “We want our year as the London Borough of Culture to promote engagement and participation in the arts through projects that shine a light on the stories, spirit and heritage of our communities, and showcase the character of the borough. We are delighted that A Lifetime’s Work will be supported by the 2020 Culture Fund and we look forward to sharing the project over 2020.”

Find out more about Jude Wacks’ work at: and Brent; the Borough of Cultures at