Zoe Linsley-Thomas, Co-Founder Of The 198 Gallery, 1935-2002

By Sabira Moledina | 06 September 2002
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Zoe Linsley-Thomas dedicated her life to helping others.

Left: Zoe Linsley-Thomas dedicated her life to helping others.

Co-Founder and Director of the 198 Gallery in Brixton, South London, Zoë Linsley-Thomas recently passed away at her daughter's house in France.

Zoë Linsley-Thomas and Noel Morgan founded the 198 Gallery after the Brixton riots of December 1988 to pave the way for black artists.

Formerly a mini cab driver, Zoë was oblivious to the art world but was driven by her enthusiasm to create opportunities for artists from culturally diverse backgrounds to emboss their talents.

Zoë cultivated the reputation of the 198 Gallery, which has received numerous awards and is renowned for 'issues-based' exhibitions and critically acclaimed work in the multicultural arts education field.

As well as having carved out the careers of many artists who are now widely recognised in their profession, Zoë also devoted her time to helping people internationally in places such as Malawi.

"We are all very sad but more shocked about her death" said Michaela Cassetta, 198 Gallery Press Officer. "She seemed to be in generally good health so we were taken aback by the terrible news. Her presence will be greatly missed".

The gallery will continue to run its course and a memorial service will be held in honour of Zoë Linsley-Thomas later in the year to commemorate her dedication and selfless hard work for the youth of Lambeth.

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