Help to complete the amazing new198CAL Youth Space

by Nicola Lockey in London, England, United Kingdom

Help to complete the amazing new198CAL Youth Space
We did it
On 29th July 2021 we successfully raised £5,803 ( + est. £541.25 Gift Aid ) with 80 supporters in 28 days

Complete an amazing new youth space for education and employability in the arts and creative industries.

by Nicola Lockey in London, England, United Kingdom

Regular Donations: After you have completed your donation you will be able to set-up a regular donation arrangement to continue supporting this great cause.

 New stretch target

If we exceed our target we will be able to improve the furnishing and comfort of the space for young people.

We are fundraising to:

  • Provide young people of colour with alternative career pathways into the arts, cultural and creative fields
  • Create a safe, supportive space for youth to develop skills and self-confidence
  • Open up new options and opportunities for vulnerable young people
  • Champion the potential and talent of new and under-represented voices

As many of you know, we have worked tirelessly for over 30 years to develop the careers of young artists, curators and creatives. Not only have we have achieved Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation status, but in 2017 the Venice Biennale launched its first diaspora pavilion with 6 of the 12 chosen artists having exhibited at 198. Last year we started our dream project of expanding the building. First we were hit by BREXIT, increasing the construction and materials costs. Then, just as we started construction, COVID hit. Yet, despite this double whammy, we are very proud that we completed the construction of the new building on time and on budget. We have effectively tripled our space and created an exciting and innovative arts centre, with a mix of visual arts, community resource, industry skills training and creative enterprise across three floors. But just as we were getting ready to start fundraising for the interior decorations, funders diverted funds to COVID-related needs and we couldn't access the final capital funding. 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.

The second floor of our new building is dedicated to our Factory youth programme where we support young people with different backgrounds and abilities to develop careers in the arts and creative worlds. It's a beautiful space, and the wood frame construction, with many windows and trees at each end, feels lofty and peaceful.


198 is unique in providing services and support at early life stages to engage young people of colour in the arts, creative and cultural world through education and training, then supporting them into further education and work experience through our Factory programme and continuing to nurture their careers as they grow into working artists and entrepreneurs through our gallery, artistic programme and affordable workspace provision. Factory participants will benefit from synergies with our first floor workspace tenants, such as mentoring, masterclasses, networking events, collaborative projects, exhibitions and showcases to local businesses and the community.

We asked some of our young people and stakeholders to talk about what they gained from their association with 198 CAL. Here's what they said ...

"My son is a long-time user of the 198 Gallery’s teaching facility, where he has been learning computer skills. As a young person with autism and cerebral palsy, the patience and kindness he has been shown during his time there has been invaluable in boosting both his self-esteem and knowledge."Parent

“The Factory programme provided me with a safe artistic space I could call on and a community on my doorstep. It put me in touch with people who believe in me and my talents.” Factory participant

"I joined 198 through the apprenticeship programme. When I first came, I was very shy and low in confidence, but the small environment really helped me to improve my confidence. After completing the programme I enrolled in college to study software engineering and then went on to study computer science at degree level. I currently work for HSBC on their technology scheme. This would not have been possible without the help of 198." Factory participant

"I’ve been attending events, exhibitions and workshops at 198 since I was around 5 years old and it has been key in developing my love for the arts! I’ve been forever inspired by the work done there by artists and the team who have a unique community focus that is unparalleled in London ... they supported and helped me on my journey as an artist and curator." Artist, Curator & Filmmaker

"I’ve been involved with 198 since I was 13. They introduced me to the world of art, helped me to get into Uni, and to get a grant for my first camera and laptop. Just to be able to have a place that wasn’t school, wasn’t a youth club, but an art space to go and learn about photography and the arts from local artists who are really interested in helping young people and smaller minority groups to really get out there into the art world." Photographer

To see more about our work and social impact, click here:


About 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning:

198 Contemporary Arts and Learning is a centre for visual arts, education and creative enterprise.

Our vision is to be an influential national model of artistic excellence, pushing creative boundaries while giving voice and space to under-represented artists, communities and cultures.

Our mission is to deliver exemplary arts, education and enterprise programmes, and to support emerging creatives of colour into the creative and cultural industries. We aim to make visible hidden issues regarding social change and emerging cultural identities through programming and partnerships.

Our stakeholders include:

  • Artists and curators of colour 
  • Young people of colour seeking careers in the creative industries 
  • Audiences seeking more diverse visual arts 
  • Our local community  
  • Partner arts organisations 
  • Partner community organisations 

Our work is framed by our local communities and the history of the Brixton uprisings from which we sprang. Our work is informed by a policy context that calls for greater action on equality, and is shaped by unfulfilled demand for diverse visual arts and new pathways to creative careers.

198 is a small, agile organisation which has managed to have national impact by developing innovative projects which are not afraid to be experimental or challenging in collaboration with upcoming artists, curators, educators and partner organisations. 

As a registered charity we work in the public interest, generating funds through enterprise, as well as from donations and grants.

Our Guiding Principles

  • We are embedded in our Community and have strong commitment to Diversity, Equality and Inclusion.
  • We value Honesty, Integrity and Transparency and this underpins our activities.
  • We seek Artistic Excellence and support Freedom of Expression.
  • We promote Personal Development and work to provide opportunities for our audiences and participants.
  • And we know we cannot achieve our vision alone and so we work in genuine partnership and collaboration with organisations and individuals who share our values and aspirations.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£300 or more

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Full Day Venue Hire

Hire of the community gallery space for a full day (8 hours). (Dates subject to booking and availability.)

£200 or more

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Half Day Venue Hire

Hire of our community space venue for a half day - 4 hours. (Dates subject to booking and availability.)

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