Womxn of Colour Art Award



198 Contemporary Arts and Learning is excited to announce Maybelle Peters as the winner of the inaugural Womxn of Colour Art Award.

Maybelle Peters is a London based artist whose practice uses animation, video and CGI, focusing on storytelling, narrative structures and documentary filmmaking. Her work was notably included in ‘The Place is Here’ exhibition at South London Gallery and Nottingham Contemporary in 2017, highlighting the impact of Black British artists and collectives during the politically charged 1980’s. She is currently making work that examines the shape of black bodies in space, looking at the possibility of creating temporal and spatial corporeality as moving image sequences based on the relationship between the fruits of labour and leisurely pursuits. Her work for the award, ‘The Act of Moving Bodies’, considers how fictional readings and phenomenological experiences of levitation can be used as interlocutors of spaces.

In October 2019 198 launched the inaugural Womxn of Colour Art Award. The new bi-annual Art award recognizes the inequities and additional barriers that Womxn of Colour often face in their practice as visual artists. It aims to provide financial and developmental support to assist UK based artists and artist collectives of all ages at a key point in their career. To support the process we were honoured to have a list of notable judges including; Barby Asante (artist, curator & educator), Claudette
Johnson (visual artist), Eva Langret (Artistic Director of Frieze London), and
Rehana Zaman (moving image artist).

We received over 100 applications from artists across the UK who self-identify as Womxn of Colour, including those who are emerging and self-taught.

As the winner, Peters will be awarded a £5000 unrestricted bursary. All shortlisted awardees will receive a portfolio review and mentor lunch with one of the judges, artist development support over the next year, and participation in the WoCAA Finalists group exhibition at 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning upon the opening of our new building.

The full list of awardees is as follows:


Maybelle Peters

The Morning Has Gold In Its Mouth, Maybelle Peters

Shortlisted Awardees

Charmaine Watkiss

Mani Kambo

Marcia Michael

Sofia Niazi


This is an exciting time for 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning. As we celebrate 32 years as a visual arts organisation in 2020 we have embarked on a major capital redevelopment of our premises, tripling the space to create an exciting and innovative mix of visual arts, community resource, industry skills training and creative enterprise across three floors.

This biannual award is a part of our ongoing commitment to support and honour Womxn of Colour artists within the UK.

For any further enquiries on the award please email info@198.org.uk