We are fundraising to secure our future by building two additional floors on our premises to house The Factory: an impact and innovation hub for youth enterprise, gallery space, together with rental space to make us financially sustainable.
198 Contemporary Arts and Learning have acquired our building at 198 Railton Road from London Borough of Lambeth through the Community Asset Transfer Scheme. Our unique organisation has grown from a grassroots community space founded after the Brixton uprisings of the 1980’s into an influential national model of excellence in the visual arts, boldly pushing boundaries while giving a voice to under-represented creative individuals, communities and cultures.
In this our 28th year we are as committed as ever to making a real difference to people’s lives in our community, with projects that provide real benefit for personal, social and emotional well-being, as well as supporting the development of emerging professionals seeking to build careers in the creative and cultural industries. We aim to unlock potential and provide a platform from which individuals, in particular, young people can learn new skills, aim higher, achieve more and ultimately live fulfilling lives.
Our three strands of work – Art, Education and Enterprise – offer a platform for the unseen and unheard. We provide routes to empowerment through building aspiration, nurturing latent artistic talent and widening engagement with the arts.
We hope to provide a community asset for years to come. The achievement of this goal will ensure that 198 can continue to grow and thrive, benefiting more people and providing a space where people are valued, contributing to the strength and resilience of Brixton. We believe that we make a difference to people’s lives and we hope that you will want to join with us to make this happen.