Bring Your Own Future Exhibition

The Gallery @ The Curve, Sat 24 Feb to Sat 31 Mar

See your town as never before.

Explore the collision of traditional watercolour painting and virtual reality in this new exhibition. Try out our Google Cardboard headsets and see new 360º views created by and with the people of Slough.

Throughout Autumn 2017 artists Close and Remote have been working with local residents to re-paint the image of Slough through watercolours and the world of virtual reality.  This new exhibition takes you from watercolour streets to a new 360º vision of Slough.

Virtual Reality Guide (Thurs & Sat, 11am - 5pm)

Journey through watercolour. Our team will be on hand to take you on a 360º tour with views of Slough through our Google Cardboard headsets.

Explore our 360º tour on your phone here

Take a sneak peek at the artwork in our gallery here


A call out for a new poem for Slough

Entries have now closed for this competition, we are thrilled to have had over 140 entries.

Join us for Empoword's World Poetry Day Event, 6.30pm on Wednesday 21 March @ The Curve to hear the winning entries with judge Antosh Wojcik.

Book your FREE ticket here



A new digital platform for young Slough poets

Empoword launch new digital platform with help from HOME Slough

As part of a key initiative to build and support home-grown work, HOME Slough granted Aik Saath’s Empoword project a bursary to provide this monthly spoken word event with its own digital platform which will launch this Saturday on YouTube.

With the appetite for online spoken-word performances is growing, with poets such as Danez Smith racking up more than 300,000 viewings, these young local poets, rappers and storytellers will have a chance to make their mark outside of their home town.

Empoword will launch the new YouTube channel with special guest Poet Curious at 3pm Saturday 3rd February in the YES Shop, Slough. A big name in the London conscious hip hop and spoken word scene, Poet Curious has won many awards and is Hammer & Tongue London Slam Champion 2011 & 2012.

In keeping with Empoword’s other monthly events, anyone that wishes to share a poem will be welcome to do so on Saturday.

Click here access the Empoword YouTube channel to view the work of local poets.

Live Streaming

We are thrilled to share Black Theatre Live's free online streaming of Big Foot from Queen's Hall Arts Cantre, Hexham. Available to watch from 7pm on Wed 18 Oct until Wed 1 Nov.


Watch online here.


Bring Your Own Future is HOME Slough’s first major artist commission.

This new project with Close and Remote, taking place in Autumn 2017, will explore the way we see our home town through watercolours and virtual reality.  

Find out more about this exciting new project here

Empoword awarded our first Build Bursary

HOME Slough are thrilled to announce that its first HOME Build bursary has been awarded to Slough’s spoken-word youth project Empoword.

As part of a key initiative to build and support home-grown work, HOME Slough have created a number award opportunities for local artists and organisations. The first round of applications took place in July and Empoword will be the first to benefit from the award pot.

The successful application from Aik Saath supports the work of Empoword, a monthly spoken word event where local young poets, rappers and storytellers meet and perform their work. The bursary will provide the group with the equipment and training to take their work from their pop-up performance space in Queensmere shopping centre to a worldwide digital space. Through training from industry experts, including the Poetry Society, and access to professional equipment the young performers will be able film and share their performances. This opportunity will not only help them to asses and improve performance skills but also spread the word of these talented local performers throughout the country and perhaps even the world.

Rob Deeks, Aik Saath, commented ‘Empoword is an incredibly exciting project to be a part of and over the last three years it's become clear to us that Slough has so much talent when it comes to spoken word and poetry. The HOME Build bursary is a fantastic opportunity to further develop talent in Slough and ensure that local artists get the development opportunities and recognition they deserve’

Milan Govedarica, the Programme Manager for HOME Slough, commented: 'We were pleased to see Empoword putting a strong bid in for HOME Build bursary and that the local decision makers (creative connectors) have recognized the value of it. We are looking forward to supporting Empoword, as a successful local community art collective, in the artistic development of their members as well as in building their reach and capacity.'

The next round of applications are now open, find out more here.