John the Greengrocer, Dollis Hill. Image courtesy of the artist.

A Lifetime’s Work is a photographic exhibition that celebrates and recognises the importance of family businesses in the London Borough of Brent.

Curated and photographed by Brent photographer Jude Wacks, the inspiration for the photographic project came from John Gibbons, a local Greengrocer, who has stood near Dollis Hill tube station for the last 43 years.

In sharing John’s personal story, and the many others within the borough who have dedicated themselves to their family businesses and local communities, the project focuses on families serving the community within Brent and celebrates and recognises the diversity of independent family businesses. Over generations, these businesses have played a major role to the local community, and to the wider world in the past, the present and into the future.

On Instagram (@a_lifetimes_work) the project will be updated continually with many local family businesses that were commissioned for the project. These include: John The Greengrocer – Dollis Hill, Palm Beach Fish & Chips – Kensal Rise, O’Farrell’s Butcher – Willesden Green, Browns Edwards Shoe Repair – Kensal Rise, Gayatri Sweet Mart – Kingsbury, Gee Barbers – Kensal Rise, Munro Stores – Cricklewood, Arena Restaurant – Wembley, and Kaye's Curtain & Blinds – Harlesden.

Supported by the 2020 Culture Fund.

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