14 Dec The Africa Centre Secures £1.6m Grant From Mayor of London Fund
The Africa Centre is extremely proud to announce that as part of London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s £70m Good Growth Fund, our funding application for the further development of The Africa Centre has been successful in securing a grant of up to £1.6 million
Since moving from our historic home in Covent Garden to our new base in Southwark, we recognise our rich and important legacy and are committed to continuing to play a vital role for London’s diverse communities. From official inception in 1964 to now, The Africa Centre has played an integral role as a focal point for African foreign affairs, culture, and intellectual development. Our vision is of a contemporary 21st century Africa – vibrant, global and firmly seated at the table.
The successful development of Gunpowder House on Great Suffolk Street SE1, is a unique chance to create a powerful legacy for the African and Diaspora community and for all those interested in African and Diaspora culture and heritage.
We will have an Africa Centre fit for the 21st century and a new home to meet the needs and aspirations of the next 50 years.
“We’re absolutely thrilled at the news. This comes at a very pivotal time in The Africa Centre’s development. Our new home in Southwark is located in the third largest inner-London borough, which is also home to the largest black population in London. It is vital for the BME community to have access to places that create a sense of belonging and the revitalised Africa Centre will represent just that for many”.
The Africa Centre’s Director, Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp CBE
The transformation of Gunpowder House will provide:
- a ground floor Café, Kitchen, Event-Space and outside terrace
- a 1st floor Bar/Event-Space and terrace
- a 2nd floor Gallery/Event-Space
- a 3rd floor Learning & Research Centre
- 4th floor Meeting Rooms & Business Suite
This will complement the existing use of two railway arches:
Arch 28 – Africa Centre Offices, Colourful Radio, Hub for Entrepreneurs
Arch 29 – Event and performance space