Camden Art Centre

Camden Art Centre Contemporary art exhibitions and education since 1965. Camden Art Centre is a place for art and artists; a place for the curious, the novice and the expert alike.
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It’s a place to see, to make, to learn and to talk about contemporary art, whether in our building, attending off-site projects or via our digital forums. Camden Art Centre was originally built as a public library and now combines historic architecture with open, modern spaces, a café, bookshop and secluded garden, with free entry for all. Through our programme of exhibitions, learning, courses, events and residencies, we invite everyone to engage with art and the people that make it – to push boundaries and connect to their own creativity. Our off-site projects share our work with diverse communities and our digital, publishing and broadcast platforms help us connect art, artists and people in ever more immediate and interesting ways. As a charity rooted in our North West London community, we foster a sense of belonging in our spaces. Working closely with local schools, community groups and specialist partners we nurture the next generation of artists, from early years to adulthood, enabling everyone to get up close to art, to meet artists and to make work themselves. Our targeted programmes and sector leadership increase our impact, bringing the arts to those most in need. Much loved by our communities, for over 50 years Camden Art Centre has always worked ahead of the curve, giving early support and exposure to important artists from the UK and abroad including Martin Creed, Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker, Sophie Calle, Yinka Shonibare, Mike Nelson and Mary Heilmann. We support artists at every stage of their careers, enabling them to make and show work that is relevant for today: brave, challenging, engaging and vital. Camden Arts Centre is a registered charity. Registered Charity Number 1065829

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🌿 PRE-ORDER 🌿 Due to popular demand, we are reprinting The Botanical Mind: Art, Mysticism and The Cosmic Tree catalogue....
26/04/2021

🌿 PRE-ORDER 🌿 Due to popular demand, we are reprinting The Botanical Mind: Art, Mysticism and The Cosmic Tree catalogue. This is a limited final run - order yours now to avoid disappointment http://ow.ly/XWil50ExTkm

Alongside Walter Price's exhibition, opening on the 21 May, we're delighted to present 'Computer', the first solo UK ins...
27/03/2021

Alongside Walter Price's exhibition, opening on the 21 May, we're delighted to present 'Computer', the first solo UK institutional exhibition by Ukranian/New York artist Olga Balema. https://camdenartcentre.org/olga-balema/

Olga’s practice is dynamic, inventive and constantly developing; her installations often engage directly with the spaces that contain them, antagonising their boundaries. For 'Computer', Olga will produce a new floor-based work that plays with the idea of a flat sculpture. It unfolds from a series of pixelated images of a domestic carpet, laid out in a grid-like arrangement and printed on billboard material.

The exhibition opens on Friday 21 May and we will have details on how to book timed exhibition slots for covid-safety in April. We look forward to welcoming everybody back to Camden Art Centre!

Alongside Walter Price's exhibition, opening on the 21 May, we're delighted to present 'Computer', the first solo UK institutional exhibition by Ukranian/New York artist Olga Balema. https://camdenartcentre.org/olga-balema/

Olga’s practice is dynamic, inventive and constantly developing; her installations often engage directly with the spaces that contain them, antagonising their boundaries. For 'Computer', Olga will produce a new floor-based work that plays with the idea of a flat sculpture. It unfolds from a series of pixelated images of a domestic carpet, laid out in a grid-like arrangement and printed on billboard material.

The exhibition opens on Friday 21 May and we will have details on how to book timed exhibition slots for covid-safety in April. We look forward to welcoming everybody back to Camden Art Centre!

We're delighted to announce we'll be re-opening from May 21, 2021 with Walter Price's new exhibition 'Pearl Lines'. http...
26/03/2021

We're delighted to announce we'll be re-opening from May 21, 2021 with Walter Price's new exhibition 'Pearl Lines'. https://camdenartcentre.org/walter-price-pearl-lines/

Following his studio residency with us in early 2020, the American artist returns for his first major institutional exhibition in the UK. Walter's practice incorporates familiar forms and recurring motifs including palm trees, bathtubs, sofas and automobiles, a language of personal symbols deployed amid shifting horizon lines and bright fields of colour.

The exhibition opens on Friday 21 May and we will have details on how to book timed exhibition slots for covid-safety, in April. We look forward to welcoming everybody back to Camden Art Centre!

Pictured: Walter Price, Hold the umbrella tight while viewing my rain, 2020

We're delighted to announce we'll be re-opening from May 21, 2021 with Walter Price's new exhibition 'Pearl Lines'. https://camdenartcentre.org/walter-price-pearl-lines/

Following his studio residency with us in early 2020, the American artist returns for his first major institutional exhibition in the UK. Walter's practice incorporates familiar forms and recurring motifs including palm trees, bathtubs, sofas and automobiles, a language of personal symbols deployed amid shifting horizon lines and bright fields of colour.

The exhibition opens on Friday 21 May and we will have details on how to book timed exhibition slots for covid-safety, in April. We look forward to welcoming everybody back to Camden Art Centre!

Pictured: Walter Price, Hold the umbrella tight while viewing my rain, 2020

This Saturday, artist Phoebe Colling-James invites you into her studio for a virtual tour as part of our Youth Collectiv...
25/03/2021

This Saturday, artist Phoebe Colling-James invites you into her studio for a virtual tour as part of our Youth Collective Online. She’ll share her artworks and ceramics practice as well as demonstrate throwing on the pottery wheel. Register: https://camdenartcentre.org/youth-collective-online-2/

This Saturday, artist Phoebe Colling-James invites you into her studio for a virtual tour as part of our Youth Collective Online. She’ll share her artworks and ceramics practice as well as demonstrate throwing on the pottery wheel. Register: https://camdenartcentre.org/youth-collective-online-2/

explore the magical, spiritual significance of plants to human life in 'the botanical mind'
08/03/2021
explore the magical, spiritual significance of plants to human life in 'the botanical mind'

explore the magical, spiritual significance of plants to human life in 'the botanical mind'

the camden art centre’s ‘the botanical mind: art, mysticism and the cosmic tree’ explores the ongoing significance of the plant kingdom to human life, consciousness and spirituality. the exhibition brings together works by over 60 visionary, surrealist, modern, outsider, indigenous amazonian a...

To mark the end of ‘The Botanical Mind' we’ve extended our offer of a free catalogue with every purchase of a Botanical ...
02/03/2021

To mark the end of ‘The Botanical Mind' we’ve extended our offer of a free catalogue with every purchase of a Botanical Mind Artist Edition until the 7 March. Don’t miss out! Every purchase directly supports our ongoing work at this difficult time 💚http://ow.ly/F9sU50DNJ9e

To mark the end of ‘The Botanical Mind' we’ve extended our offer of a free catalogue with every purchase of a Botanical Mind Artist Edition until the 7 March. Don’t miss out! Every purchase directly supports our ongoing work at this difficult time 💚http://ow.ly/F9sU50DNJ9e

To mark the last week of The Botanical Mind exhibition we have invited Stephen Ellcock to takeover our Instagram account...
26/02/2021

To mark the last week of The Botanical Mind exhibition we have invited Stephen Ellcock to takeover our Instagram account 🌚 Stephen Ellcock is a London-based writer, researcher, collector of images, former musician, publisher and bookseller who has been creating an ever - expanding, virtual museum on Facebook and InstagramFollow: http://ow.ly/WmC350DKYQv

James Richards and Steve Reinke, whose latest film was included in The Botanical Mind, are screening an earlier work Wha...
19/02/2021

James Richards and Steve Reinke, whose latest film was included in The Botanical Mind, are screening an earlier work What Weakens The Flesh Is The Flesh Itself for a limited time on Vdrome, with an introduction by Exhibitions Curator, Gina Buenfeld-Murley.

Watch here: http://www.vdrome.org/

What weakens the flesh is the flesh itself is a film tribute, portrait and investigation of the set designer, photographer and actor Albrecht Becker. Staying with Becker’s self-portraits, artists Steve Reinke and James Richards pair public and private images in ways that challenge and re-signify one another. Through their film, the skin appears both as surface and set in which homo and auto-erotic gestures and aesthetics in are enacted, experimented and displayed.

James Richards and Steve Reinke, whose latest film was included in The Botanical Mind, are screening an earlier work What Weakens The Flesh Is The Flesh Itself for a limited time on Vdrome, with an introduction by Exhibitions Curator, Gina Buenfeld-Murley.

Watch here: http://www.vdrome.org/

What weakens the flesh is the flesh itself is a film tribute, portrait and investigation of the set designer, photographer and actor Albrecht Becker. Staying with Becker’s self-portraits, artists Steve Reinke and James Richards pair public and private images in ways that challenge and re-signify one another. Through their film, the skin appears both as surface and set in which homo and auto-erotic gestures and aesthetics in are enacted, experimented and displayed.

For the next #PublicKnowledge episode, Flock Together co-founder Nadeem Perera walks us through Hackney Marshes in East ...
16/02/2021

For the next #PublicKnowledge episode, Flock Together co-founder Nadeem Perera walks us through Hackney Marshes in East London. To explain what interested him in birdwatching, how he and Ollie Olanipekun came together to form the collective – and why birds can teach us all a thing or two.
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Flock Together is a birdwatching collective for people of colour initiated to challenge and dismantle existing prejudices. Over the past year, every month, they have been organising walks around London’s green spaces. To promote the mental health benefits of birdwatching — and expand the perception of what it means to be a birder.

Online on Wednesday 17 February, 7pm through our website: https://camdenartcentre.org/public-knowledge-flock-together/

Photos: Dhamirah Coombes

LAST day to #watch: Zigzag Afterlives - A set of epiphanic film experiments made by Indian artists and filmmakers during...
31/01/2021

LAST day to #watch: Zigzag Afterlives - A set of epiphanic film experiments made by Indian artists and filmmakers during the 1960s and 1970s. It contextualises the unacknowledged histories of collaboration and experimentation against a backdrop of nationalism and anti-colonial struggle, the global counterculture, the student and civil rights movements, and the Cold War. http://ow.ly/Tnm450Dm7pg

LAST day to #watch: Zigzag Afterlives - A set of epiphanic film experiments made by Indian artists and filmmakers during the 1960s and 1970s. It contextualises the unacknowledged histories of collaboration and experimentation against a backdrop of nationalism and anti-colonial struggle, the global counterculture, the student and civil rights movements, and the Cold War. http://ow.ly/Tnm450Dm7pg

To mark the close of the exhibition 'We Found Our Own Reality' by #PaulPurgas, this weekend we'll revisit Zigzag Afterli...
28/01/2021

To mark the close of the exhibition 'We Found Our Own Reality' by #PaulPurgas, this weekend we'll revisit Zigzag Afterlives - Film Experiments from the 1960s and 1970s in India 🤩

To mark the close of the exhibition 'We Found Our Own Reality' by #PaulPurgas, this weekend we'll revisit Zigzag Afterlives - Film Experiments from the 1960s and 1970s in India 🤩

𝙒𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙤𝙛 #𝘾𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 - 𝙌𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙣𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 Youth Collective Online IS BACK 👽This Saturday, curator and writer Edward ...
26/01/2021

𝙒𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙤𝙛 #𝘾𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 - 𝙌𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙣𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 Youth Collective Online IS BACK 👽This Saturday, curator and writer Edward Ball leads a free online workshop on curation, its varied forms and approaches. He will talk from a personal perspective about working both independently and institutionally, before introducing a brief exercise for making creative connections. Register http://ow.ly/xcxa50DiBxU

𝙒𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙤𝙛 #𝘾𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 - 𝙌𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙣𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 Youth Collective Online IS BACK 👽This Saturday, curator and writer Edward Ball leads a free online workshop on curation, its varied forms and approaches. He will talk from a personal perspective about working both independently and institutionally, before introducing a brief exercise for making creative connections. Register http://ow.ly/xcxa50DiBxU

While our doors are temporarily closed why not enjoy The Botanical Mind exhibition from the comfort of your own home? 🌱🌚...
26/12/2020

While our doors are temporarily closed why not enjoy The Botanical Mind exhibition from the comfort of your own home? 🌱🌚Head to our website and check out some of the online content we have produced to coincide with the exhibition, including a walkthrough video by the curators, artist conversations and a series of podcasts. http://ow.ly/go7o50CTjRT

Season's greetings from everyone at Camden Art Centre ✨Thank you to everyone who has visited and supported us this year....
24/12/2020

Season's greetings from everyone at Camden Art Centre ✨Thank you to everyone who has visited and supported us this year. We wish you a peaceful and happy 2021.

#CamdenArtAudio: In September artist Beatrice Gibson paired six contemporary poets discussing the topic of love: CAConra...
24/12/2020

#CamdenArtAudio: In September artist Beatrice Gibson paired six contemporary poets discussing the topic of love: CAConrad and LeAnne Howe, Alice Notley and Precious Okoyomon, and Ariana Reines and Sophie Robinson.

Listen to the three part What’s Love Got To Do With It series here: http://ow.ly/ICl750CQY2G

#HilmaafKlint is featured in #TheBotanicalMind and in early October, we took place in a panel discussion about ‘Beyond t...
23/12/2020

#HilmaafKlint is featured in #TheBotanicalMind and in early October, we took place in a panel discussion about ‘Beyond the Visible’. #Watch the discussion and see an introduction to works in the show with our director Martin Clark. http://ow.ly/cBoq50CQX1R

#CamdenArtAudio: From plant healing to Gaia Theory, if you missed our series of podcasts as part of The Botanical Mind O...
22/12/2020

#CamdenArtAudio: From plant healing to Gaia Theory, if you missed our series of podcasts as part of The Botanical Mind Online, you can listen to them here: https://www.botanicalmind.online/podcasts

#Watch: Public Knowledge: NOT MADE? NOT CHOSEN? NOT PRESENTED?3rd Studio for Propositional Cinema Film Festival, a 4 hou...
21/12/2020

#Watch: Public Knowledge: NOT MADE? NOT CHOSEN? NOT PRESENTED?

3rd Studio for Propositional Cinema Film Festival, a 4 hour programme of video and sound works loosely based on the recent exhibition staged by Studio for Propositional Cinema, of and around the work of Emilio Prini http://ow.ly/GGkB50CQTbv

Running until 12 January 2021 the programme features Roy Arden, Keren Cytter, Irena Haiduk, Luzie Meyer, David Lamelas, Lydia Ourahmane, Emilio Prini, Julia Scher, Cally Spooner, Sung Tieu, Union Gaucha Productions (with Fabio Kocero), and Christopher Williams.

Organised by Studio for Propositional Cinema, the artists in the programme, many of whom were included in the exhibition, deal with aspects integral to Prini’s position: the exhibition as form, adaptation and the ‘original’ work, the apparatus of the image, and the politics of participation, publicity, and refusal.

We are currently closed but we hope to open again in January with The Botanical Mind: Art, Mysticism and The Cosmic Tree...
20/12/2020

We are currently closed but we hope to open again in January with The Botanical Mind: Art, Mysticism and The Cosmic Tree, as soon as it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, over the holiday period, do check out some of the online content we have produced throughout the year, including podcasts, artist conversations and digital publications. Our online shop also remains open with catalogues, editions and more - orders will start being fulfilled again in early January. https://camdenartcentre.org/

For this festive season, we were honoured to partner again with JW3 to donate art packs included in food parcels deliver...
19/12/2020

For this festive season, we were honoured to partner again with JW3 to donate art packs included in food parcels delivered to local families, keeping creativity running whilst schools were on a break.

JW3 have been leading a programme to provide food parcels to local families in the area which has been augmented by the hard work of volunteers, Highgate Newtown Community Centre and the Camden Council itself who have pledged to give food vouchers to 13,000 children to help their families through the holidays.

If you haven't been able to see The Botanical Mind in the galleries then why not order a copy of the catalogue which is ...
18/12/2020

If you haven't been able to see The Botanical Mind in the galleries then why not order a copy of the catalogue which is selling fast.

This richly illustrated 232-page publication includes more than 100 colour plates and essays by the curators. It also includes an anthology featuring texts by C.G.Jung, Terence McKenna, Brenda Danilowitz, Emanuele Coccia and others, exploring key themes in the exhibition around alchemy, art history, plant ontology, Gaian ecology, anthropology and ethnobotany.

Buy: http://ow.ly/vZK450CPt9z

Next Wed, 16 Dec - Public Knowledge: NOT MADE? NOT CHOSEN? NOT PRESENTED? a programme of video and sound works loosely b...
13/12/2020

Next Wed, 16 Dec - Public Knowledge: NOT MADE? NOT CHOSEN? NOT PRESENTED? a programme of video and sound works loosely based on the recent exhibition staged by Studio for Propositional Cinema, of and around the work of Emilio Prini. Online: http://ow.ly/VCJ850CJ572

🎁🎁Festive Discounts - Don't Miss Out! To celebrate the festive season, we're currently offering free UK shipping on all ...
13/12/2020

🎁🎁Festive Discounts - Don't Miss Out!
To celebrate the festive season, we're currently offering free UK shipping on all editions and up to £50 off P&P on international orders if purchased before 14 December 2020. Shop now: https://shop.camdenartscentre.org/shop

Camden Art Centre has now reopened, with our exhibition The Botanical Mind: Art, Mysticism and The Cosmic Tree. Book you...
12/12/2020

Camden Art Centre has now reopened, with our exhibition The Botanical Mind: Art, Mysticism and The Cosmic Tree. Book your free timed entry to visit the exhibition now, which has been extended due to popular demand until Sunday 28 February 2021. http://ow.ly/fDLi50CJ5fX

Make a gift of a Camden Art Centre Membership 🎁🎁 Annual Patron or Friend memberships make a special gift and start from ...
11/12/2020

Make a gift of a Camden Art Centre Membership 🎁🎁 Annual Patron or Friend memberships make a special gift and start from £27/year. Camden Art Centre is a charity and we depend on the generosity of our audiences to sustain our work and keep our exhibitions free. Read more: https://camdenartcentre.org/support/

We're delighted to annouce the launch of  'I can only dream of living things made out of letters'. This digital publicat...
10/12/2020

We're delighted to annouce the launch of 'I can only dream of living things made out of letters'.

This digital publication came out of a series of online artist meetings that took place during Spring and Summer 2020. These meetings, between artists Lydia CS, Natalie Zervou-Kerruish and Evan Bond, were instigated as a way to keep a connection between the artist team that leads Camden Art Centre’s Special Educational Needs Schools Programme during the period the gallery was closed due to the global pandemic.

Read more and download the publication for free: https://camdenartcentre.org/i-can-only-dream-of-living-things-being-made-out-of-letters/

As well as the galleries we’ve also reopened the cafe and garden with our partners Cantine. Come and have a home-baked g...
05/12/2020

As well as the galleries we’ve also reopened the cafe and garden with our partners Cantine. Come and have a home-baked gingerbread person in our new covered outdoor area 🎄☕️🥂🍪Thur-Sun, 11:00am – 6:00pm http://ow.ly/w6vB50CCGim

To coincide with the release of ‘Conversations: Tamara Henderson and Gina Buenfeld’, Henderson’s film ‘Womb Life’, is no...
04/12/2020

To coincide with the release of ‘Conversations: Tamara Henderson and Gina Buenfeld’, Henderson’s film ‘Womb Life’, is now screening in full on our website until the 9 December: http://ow.ly/YhwV50CCGbM

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Camden Art Centre is a place for art and artists; a place for the curious, the novice and the expert alike. It’s a place to see, to make, to learn and to talk about contemporary art, whether in our building, attending off-site projects or via our digital forums.

Camden Art Centre was originally built as a public library and now combines historic architecture with open, modern spaces, a café, bookshop and secluded garden, with free entry for all. Through our programme of exhibitions, learning, courses, events and residencies, we invite everyone to engage with art and the people that make it – to push boundaries and connect to their own creativity. Our off-site projects share our work with diverse communities and our digital, publishing and broadcast platforms help us connect art, artists and people in ever more immediate and interesting ways.

As a charity rooted in our North West London community, we foster a sense of belonging in our spaces. Working closely with local schools, community groups and specialist partners we nurture the next generation of artists, from early years to adulthood, enabling everyone to get up close to art, to meet artists and to make work themselves. Our targeted programmes and sector leadership increase our impact, bringing the arts to those most in need.

Much loved by our communities, for over 50 years Camden Art Centre has always worked ahead of the curve, giving early support and exposure to important artists from the UK and abroad including Martin Creed, Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker, Sophie Calle, Yinka Shonibare, Mike Nelson and Mary Heilmann. We support artists at every stage of their careers, enabling them to make and show work that is relevant for today: brave, challenging, engaging and vital. Camden Arts Centre is a registered charity. Registered Charity Number 1065829

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