Current/Upcoming Exhibitions & Events:

Our artistic programme provides a platform for participation, exchange and dialogue for artists, our partners and diverse audiences. Our exhibitions and artist led projects provide a framework for events which bring together individuals and organisations inside and outside of the arts to engage in debate and creative practice. Our work is particularly focused on issues of social inclusion and diversity and seeks to engage with global issues while being rooted in the history of our locality.


Beautiful light, unfurnished workspace available in our recently completed RIBA award-winning building. 28sqm of accessible space at £980pm. Join a vibrant group of 5 other artists and social activists. Contact

Gallery Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 11am-5pm, and 12pm-4pm on Sundays

News at 198

Altitude: Exhibition Guide

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Archive Project: Sensuous Discoveries

Sensuous Discoveries is a project devised by Ajamu X in collaboration with 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning and…

Creating A Legacy: Archiving 32 Years of 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning

To preserve our unique 32 years of history, 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning was funded by The National…

We showcase six projects annually in our gallery spaces at 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning and also work in partnership with other organisations to deliver touring exhibitions and off site projects. We aim to develop projects which provide opportunities for young people to engage with the visual arts and gain experience in the creative and cultural industries through links with our creative learning programme and by offering apprenticeships, volunteering and work experience.

We have an open submission policy for artists, curators and potential partners. We will consider all proposals and their fit with our curatorial ethos, its potential to align with our audience development objectives and artistic quality. We work in partnership to develop projects by providing assistance with fundraising, research and development and curatorial support and we will build long-term relationships with artists working with them in varied capacities over a period of time.

For all queries regarding exhibiting, space hire, volunteering, work opportunities or charitable requests please complete the form below. All submissions are reviewed by Trustees and only written requests will be considered.