From June 1983 to March 1988, Brixton Art Gallery occupied three interlinked railway arches at 19-21 Atlantic Road, in the middle of Brixton’s busy shopping area.

The Gallery was run entirely by artists working voluntarily as part of the Brixton Artists Collective, a limited company and registered charity. Direct funding came from Lambeth Council and the GLC with indirect support, in the form of a heavily discounted rent, from the British Rail Property Board.

All decisions concerning the running of the Gallery – from practical matters of maintenance, through to the selection of the exhibition programme – were made at open meetings of the Collective where any artist could attend and speak, and directly influence the running of the Gallery.

The result was a series of exciting and entertaining exhibitions ranging from three-person shows through to the annual Members Show, where around 200 artists exhibited, filling every inch of the 300 ft of wall space and 3,000 sq ft of floor space.

This website holds an archive asssembled during the time of my involvement with the Gallery which roughly covered the first two-and-a-half years when almost 1,000 artists showed their work in the first 50 shows.

Welcome to Brixton Art Gallery.

Andrew Hurman – June 2008
All the essays and intros to the exhibitions were written by me, unless otherwise stated.
Below is a quick tour round the Gallery taken during the Third World Within exhibition.
If you’d like to add to the archive then please get in touch, especially if you exhibited at the Gallery or helped curate any of the exhibitions: [email protected]
Brixton Artists Collective
Brixton Festival Exhibition
Christina Berry, Angela Williams & New Local Artists
Rob Evans, Jorge Walsh & Derek Stockley
Clay, Wood & Metal - Exhibition By Artists & Craftspeople
3rd Open Show + Glc Peace Posters By Peter Kennard
Work By Gay Men & Women
Kumiko Shimizu & Terry Dyer + The Art Of Immediacy + Polish Posters
Womens Work
Brixton Festival Photographs + Art & Crafts Market
1984 Show
Textiles - Making & Meaning
Tony Moo Young Paintings + Jamie Reid - Leaving The 20th Century
Multiples - Photography, Xerox & Edition-Based Media
Brixton Baroque
Fertile Eye - Womens Work 2
Brixton Festival Exhibition
Creation For Liberation - 2nd Open Exhibition By Black Artists
Made In London - Sculpture Show
Newcomers - Open Exhibition
Vive Le Resistance - Copyart Exhibition
Our Territory - Womens Work 3
Brixton Artists Collective Annual Members Show
No Comment - 2nd Lesbian & Gay Show
Rosemarie Mcgoldrick, Geraldine Walsh, Roxane Permar & Susan Egan
Seeing Diversity - 40 Contemporary Photographers
Janet Flynn, Sue Jane Taylor, Shanti Thomas & Tony Phillips
Open Exhibiton In Support Of The NUM + The Vauxhall Group
Roadworks Plus Kasia Januszko, Marc Elms & John Hewitt
Mirror Reflecting Darkly - Black Womens Art - Womens Work 4
Latin American Arts Exhibition
Two Photographers - Newton Brown & Anna Arnone + The Other Ireland
Series One - Group Exhibition
Love, Sex & Romance - Womens Work 5
Campaign Against Plastic Bullets
Brixton Artists Collective Annual Members Show
Monti Wa Marumo - South African Arts And Artists
Hi Tech & Ancient Mythology - Richard Ducker, Piyawan & Rosie Leventon
The Black Experience - 10 Black Photographers
Third World Within - Afroasian Artists In Britain - Curated By Rasheed Araeen
Last Requests - Film, Video & Tape/Slide Installation
Zamani Soweto Sisters - Textile Art
Against All The Odds - Lesbian & Gay Men Exhibition
Tangled Roots - Mirror Reflecting Darkly 2 - Black Womens Artists
Bigos - Anglo-Polish Artists Group
Caribbean Focus
Realising Power - Womens Work 7
Series Two - Group Exhibition
Brixton Artists Collective Annual Members Show