Despite the double whammy of Brexit, which increased costs, and lockdowns, the new and bigger 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning on Railton Road in Brixton opened on time and on budget.
But supporting organisations have diverted funds to Covid-related issues, so now 198 is appealing for support to complete the rebuilding project for an exciting and innovative arts centre which will effectively triple the space it has available.
“Our artists and supporters picked up brushes and rollers to finish the gallery spaces, but currently we can’t open the new youth space without the money for materials and labour to finish it off,” says 198.
198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, a registered charity 198, a registered charity, is appealing for supporters and others to help complete the project.
It opened in December 1988, contributing to the regeneration of Brixton following the riots of the 1980s.
Known initially as Roots Community and then 198 Gallery, 198 has grown from a community arts space, which helped nurture the Black Arts movement into a contemporary visual arts organisation searching out artistic excellence and investing in emerging talents with a particular focus on supporting the development of young people.
You can contribute to its crowdfunder online.