About Possible Futures
Possible Futures aims to look at the evolving needs of artists and audiences in respect to diversity and inclusion in the visual arts, through, dialogue, exhibitions worksops and events, involving artists, academics and participants from different generations and backgrounds.
The project aims to explore the gallery's legacy as a community resource and space for supporting and developing artists, and critical dialogue, that challenges the mainstream by exploring the work of the organisation since it was founded by Zoe Linsley Thomas and Noel Morgan in 1988 as a social club for the Caribbean community of Brixton. Possible Futures will also look at the future of 198 as an organisation, following the purchase of the building in which the organisation has operated for the last 28 years. We aim to consider our community legacy, against a local backdrop of the disintegration of established communities, and a wider increase in global connectedness and considering how organisations such as 198 must evolve along with the communities they serve.
Possible Futures project has been developed with Barby Asante, Associate 198 curator and Teresa Cisneros, both of Agency for Agency, and Gary Stewart, of Dubmorphology, and will take the form of three residencies. Agency for Agency are beginning by preparing and displaying the archive in the gallery and running a programme of exhibitions and events. Gary Stewart is focusing on the use of digital technologies to explore new ways of extending our reach to diverse audiences and contributors. The final residency will invite an emerging curator, through open call to engage with the gallery and the archive. The programme also includes collaborations with guest curators, artists and partner organisations including Tate Exchange.