An Urban Vision for everyone to enjoy

Story by Jack Foley

A UNIQUE youth arts and new media education project, which seeks to address social exclusion through working with artists and young people in an alternative learning environment, is currently showing off the fruits of its labours at the 198 Gallery in Brixton.

The Urban Vision project, which is led by arts professionals with skills and knowledge in a variety of media at the Railton Road gallery, engages young people from a broad range of backgrounds and reflects the cultural diversity of Lambeth and the surrounding boroughs.

The ensuing exhibition allows the young artists to showcase their talents as well as giving them the opportunity to take part in other artist-led projects, such as LWT's 'Whose London?' film competition.

Many of the young people on the Urban Vision project are referred from schools and other Lambeth agencies or come to the 198 Gallery to pursue their creative interests and develop artistic and IT skills.

According to the gallery's website: "Young people can experience social or emotional exclusion or find themselves under threat of exclusion from mainstream education; they may have English as a second language or have learning difficulties such as dyslexia; they may feel that they are unsure of their choices in life.

" Urban Vision provides them with access to the visual arts and new media in a creative, stimulating and safe environment. Others find the programme to be a varied outlet for their natural creativity.

"This programme gives them the opportunity to learn new skills in the visual arts and new media from arts professionals, possibly to take things further into a career in the arts. The programme offers hands-on experience of a wide range of art activities including photography, video and film and creative IT software."

The exhibition, which runs until August 30, is the culmination of an academic year's worth of artwork in various media produced by the young people participating in the project. The exhibition celebrates their considerable and wide-ranging creative achievements.

The event is sponsored by Creative Print; D-Bess Bakery; Nando's; KFC; Portland Fine Arts; British Airways; blackbritain.co.uk; and Qwest.

198 Gallery, 198 Railton Road, Herne Hill, London SE24 0LU. Tel: 020 7978 8309
Opening times:Mon-Fri 11am-5.30pm; Sat 12pm-4pm
How to get there:
Rail Herne Hill
Tube Brixton
Buses 3 37 196 322 68 468 P4