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.

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, e

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, e

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As the third recipient of the Freelands Lomax Ceramics Fellowship, Phoebe Collings-James as spent the last six months in...
12/08/2021

As the third recipient of the Freelands Lomax Ceramics Fellowship, Phoebe Collings-James as spent the last six months in the facilities at Camden Art Centre developing work for her upcoming exhibition in Gallery 2, opening this September. https://camdenartcentre.org/phoebe-collings-james-a-scratch-a-scratch/

Collings-James’ practice encompasses sculpture, video, sound and performance and the new work created for this solo exhibition – her first in a UK institution – includes a new group of sculptures held in a sensual environment with bodies of water enveloped by an audio work composed and recorded by the artist with sounds of horns and the recital of texts. Collings-James is also developing her work in sgraffito on ceramic paintings, which are inscribed with images, words and phrases, many of them recurring motifs within her practice across ceramic works and works on paper, emerging from the artist’s interest in non-linear storytelling and symbolic language and including imagery from mythological and religious traditions, such as the form of the spider which appears in Ashanti folktale as the trickster Anansi, the god of stories.

Phoebe Collings-James: A Scratch! A Scratch! runs from 10 September - 23 December 2021. #PhoebeCollingsJames #AScratchAScratch #CamdenArtCentre

Pictured: Phoebe Collings-James, The subtle rules the dense, 2021. Image courtesy the artist and Arcadia Missa. Photo: Luke Walker

As the third recipient of the Freelands Lomax Ceramics Fellowship, Phoebe Collings-James as spent the last six months in the facilities at Camden Art Centre developing work for her upcoming exhibition in Gallery 2, opening this September. https://camdenartcentre.org/phoebe-collings-james-a-scratch-a-scratch/

Collings-James’ practice encompasses sculpture, video, sound and performance and the new work created for this solo exhibition – her first in a UK institution – includes a new group of sculptures held in a sensual environment with bodies of water enveloped by an audio work composed and recorded by the artist with sounds of horns and the recital of texts. Collings-James is also developing her work in sgraffito on ceramic paintings, which are inscribed with images, words and phrases, many of them recurring motifs within her practice across ceramic works and works on paper, emerging from the artist’s interest in non-linear storytelling and symbolic language and including imagery from mythological and religious traditions, such as the form of the spider which appears in Ashanti folktale as the trickster Anansi, the god of stories.

Phoebe Collings-James: A Scratch! A Scratch! runs from 10 September - 23 December 2021. #PhoebeCollingsJames #AScratchAScratch #CamdenArtCentre

Pictured: Phoebe Collings-James, The subtle rules the dense, 2021. Image courtesy the artist and Arcadia Missa. Photo: Luke Walker

11/08/2021

Back in 2020, Camden Art Centre presented Vivian Suter: Tintin’s Sofa. For this exhibition, Suter filled the galleries and the garden with her delicate but powerful paintings, hanging them in an immersive cacophony which mirrors the canopy of the rainforest: suspended, draped, overlapping and organic.

Vivian Suter’s work can now be seen at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (@museoreinasofia) in Madrid until May 2022 ✨🐕 #VivianSuter #CamdenArtCentre

10/08/2021

The third and last episode of #CamdenArtAudio new podcast series ‘Earth and World’ is now out 🎧 https://camdenartcentre.org/earth-and-world/

On March 20, 1980, Mount St. Helens (traditionally known as Lawetlat’la or Loowit) erupted. A site connected with Indigenous whistling spirits known as Tsiatko, Kristen Gallerneaux (Métis-Wendat) uncovers its sonic, material, and poetic resonances by focusing on folklore born from cataclysmic events, new mineral formats, and knowledge held within landscapes affected by geological and ecological transformation.

This series has been programmed as part of the Freelands Lomax Ceramics Fellowship.

Produced by: Zakia Sewell; Music by: Nicolas Gaunin; Design by: Mariana Vale

Opening next month, we're thrilled to present a new exhibition featuring the interdisciplinary practice of Zeinab Saleh....
09/08/2021

Opening next month, we're thrilled to present a new exhibition featuring the interdisciplinary practice of Zeinab Saleh. Drawing from everyday experiences, VHS tapes of home video footage and music, Saleh’s work offers a glimpse into a past world and places personal histories at its core.

Softest place (on earth) presents a new body of work that meditates on the stillness in which it was produced over this past year. The exhibition’s title references both the textural softness of charcoal and the diffuse mood of the moments captured. In an emotive process of discovery and rediscovery, Saleh uncovers stories and hidden memories that connect the personal with the collective experience of others: finding the particular within the universal.

Saleh is one of two recipients of Camden Art Centre's Metroland Studios Residency, a 6-month studio residency that forms a new partnership between Camden Art Centre and Metroland Cultures. The exhibition runs from 10 September - 23 December 2021. Metroland Cultures #zeinabsaleh https://camdenartcentre.org/zeinab-saleh-softest-place-on-earth/

Pictured: Zeinab Saleh, Rising moon, 2021

Opening next month, we're thrilled to present a new exhibition featuring the interdisciplinary practice of Zeinab Saleh. Drawing from everyday experiences, VHS tapes of home video footage and music, Saleh’s work offers a glimpse into a past world and places personal histories at its core.

Softest place (on earth) presents a new body of work that meditates on the stillness in which it was produced over this past year. The exhibition’s title references both the textural softness of charcoal and the diffuse mood of the moments captured. In an emotive process of discovery and rediscovery, Saleh uncovers stories and hidden memories that connect the personal with the collective experience of others: finding the particular within the universal.

Saleh is one of two recipients of Camden Art Centre's Metroland Studios Residency, a 6-month studio residency that forms a new partnership between Camden Art Centre and Metroland Cultures. The exhibition runs from 10 September - 23 December 2021. Metroland Cultures #zeinabsaleh https://camdenartcentre.org/zeinab-saleh-softest-place-on-earth/

Pictured: Zeinab Saleh, Rising moon, 2021

Now on display in our Artist's Studio: 'I can only dream of living things being made out of letters' is an interactive e...
06/08/2021

Now on display in our Artist's Studio: 'I can only dream of living things being made out of letters' is an interactive exhibition that invites visitors to move, listen, feel, wave and push body-parts through the work.

Produced as part of our Special Educational Needs School Programme, this collaboration brings together young people and teachers from local Special Education Needs schools, alongside our partner ActionSpace and artists Evan Bond, Lydia CS and Natalie Zervou-Kerruish. On display until August 29, come visit the installation and experience it for yourself. ✨

Pictured: Installation view of ‘I can only dream of living things being made out of letters’, 2021. Images: Rob Harris.

Now on display in our Artist's Studio: 'I can only dream of living things being made out of letters' is an interactive exhibition that invites visitors to move, listen, feel, wave and push body-parts through the work.

Produced as part of our Special Educational Needs School Programme, this collaboration brings together young people and teachers from local Special Education Needs schools, alongside our partner ActionSpace and artists Evan Bond, Lydia CS and Natalie Zervou-Kerruish. On display until August 29, come visit the installation and experience it for yourself. ✨

Pictured: Installation view of ‘I can only dream of living things being made out of letters’, 2021. Images: Rob Harris.

04/08/2021

The second episode of #CamdenArtAudio new podcast series ‘Earth and World’ is now out 🎧 https://camdenartcentre.org/earth-and-world/

Using Ursula K. Le Guin’s essay “Being Taken for Granite” as a guide, choreographer, performer and writer Okwui Okpokwasili and curator Sophie J Williamson unravel relationships between the body and the soil to consider ways of archaeologically excavating and reading bodies—human, non-human and geological—to understand their ever-present dialogue with the past.

Listen now to Okwui Okpokwasili and Sophie J Williamson on “Being Mud” available in all usual places, including on our website (link in bio), Spotify, iTunes and Google Podcasts. 



This series has been programmed as part of the Freelands Lomax Ceramics Fellowship.


Produced by: Zakia Sewell; Music by: Nicolas Gaunin; Design by: Mariana Vale

Closing soon: Walter Price 'Pearl Lines' closes Sunday, 29 August. Entry is free and we're open Wed-Sun, 11am-6pm.Follow...
30/07/2021

Closing soon: Walter Price 'Pearl Lines' closes Sunday, 29 August. Entry is free and we're open Wed-Sun, 11am-6pm.

Following Walter Price's residency at Camden Art Centre in 2020, his exhibition presents series of drawings and paintings made during the lockdown in New York. Drawing is a fundamental and central part of Price’s practice, of equal importance to painting, and the works on paper included here demonstrate a speed and directness of mark-making, as well as a restless sense of transformation, instability and change. Read More and book on our website: http://ow.ly/vJZn50FH23g

Pictured: Installation view of Walter Price, Pearl Lines, 2021. Images: Rob Harris.

#WalterPrice #WalterPricePearlLines #CamdenArtCentre

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the inaugural episode of Garden Nights! 🌚🌿 It was a fabulous evening with music ...
28/07/2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the inaugural episode of Garden Nights! 🌚🌿 It was a fabulous evening with music courtesy of Still House Plants, Bianca scout and Alpha Maid This event has been organised by Camden Art Centre with 33-33.

Tickets are now on sale for the second Garden Nights: Alaya and other films by Nathaniel Dorsky, taking place on Friday 27 August, 8-10pm. Read more: http://ow.ly/ZjzS50FFB3T

Pictured: Garden Nights: Still House Plants, Bianca Scout and Alpha Maid by Brian Whar (@brain_war)

#StillHousePlants #CamdenArtCentre

27/07/2021

Listen now to Earth and World, a new podcast series from #CamdenArtAudio that takes an expanded view on clay as an earthly material. Examining the politics of geological narratives and the agency of minerals, it reflects on humanity’s fundamental and interwoven relationship with the earth. The series gives a voice to the ongoing research of academics and artists regarding ecology, commerce, indigenous communities, ancestral relations, and the Anthropocene.

https://camdenartcentre.org/earth-and-world/

In the first episode ‘Interactions with Clay – The creation of settled communities in the Near East’, professor Louise Steel examines the history of clay and how the cultural and technological knowledge of the earliest settled farming and urban communities were informed by people’s engagement with, and manipulation of, earthly materials.

Listen in all usual places, including on our website, Spotify, iTunes and Google Podcasts. And don’t forget to subscribe 🔔

This series has been programmed as part of the Freelands Lomax Ceramics Fellowship.

Produced by: Zakia Sewell; 
Music by: Nicolas Gaunin; 
Design by: Mariana Vale

“One reads Olga Balema’s exhibition title with a similarly insouciant tonality: Computer (2021), that’s all. The allusio...
23/07/2021

“One reads Olga Balema’s exhibition title with a similarly insouciant tonality: Computer (2021), that’s all. The allusion of a kind of casualness is extended in the work’s source as well as the fact of its fatigued, worked state, while Balema’s sculpture involves the circulation and machinations of image production, it alights from an object literally domesticated underfoot –– a rug. Prostrate and parched, the rinsed, impressionistic blue swirls and shivery, etiolated gingko leaves in Balema’s large floor sculpture momentarily evoke Monet’s projective fantasies, yet within a field of deliberate, withering flatness. The pattern is sourced from a domestic “Prismatic Daydream Rug” and is digitally printed in the provisional materiality prevalent to billboards, each rug reproduced with varying degrees of lucidity and blur. Dog-eared, its blanched edges of pixilation disintegrate into blemished papery plastic, itself dragged through New York streets to accumulate dust, hair, dirt, as well as fresh afflictions: grazes, scuffs, peelings. Cut, stuck, stripped and compressed, Computer, then, is a plush attrition." - Flash Art International

Olga Balema: Computer runs until Sunday 29 August. We're open Wednesdays - Sundays, 11am - 6pm.

Pictured: Installation view of Olga Balema, Computer, 2021. Images: Rob Harris.

#OlgaBalema #OlgaBalemaComputer #CamdenArtCentre

‘I can only dream of living things being made out of letters’ is now open! The exhibition runs until 29 August and it ce...
22/07/2021

‘I can only dream of living things being made out of letters’ is now open! The exhibition runs until 29 August and it celebrates the voices, artwork and experiences of young people involved in our Special Educational Needs School Programme, alongside their schools' teachers, our partner ActionSpace and artists Evan Bond, Lydia CS and Natalie Zervou-Kerruish. Visitors are invited to move, listen, feel, wave and push body-parts through the work in the space. Don't miss it! 💫

Pictured: Installation view of ‘I can only dream of living things being made out of letters’, 2021. Images: Rob Harris.

Read more: http://ow.ly/1rI950FBl2E

Join us this Friday from 7pm for a night of experimental live music in Camden Art Centre’s Garden, headlined by acclaime...
21/07/2021

Join us this Friday from 7pm for a night of experimental live music in Camden Art Centre’s Garden, headlined by acclaimed UK group, Still House Plants. Bridging elements of sampling, slowcore, and repetition, the trio have developed a fractious, experimental sound with a melting pop heart. They will be joined by Bianca Scout’s spectral sound collages and music selected by Alpha Maid.

To book your tickets and to read about our safety measures please see our website: https://camdenartcentre.org/still-house-plants-guests/

We'd like to update you on Camden Art Centre’s COVID-19 safety measures from tomorrow.
For the comfort and safety of all...
20/07/2021

We'd like to update you on Camden Art Centre’s COVID-19 safety measures from tomorrow.

For the comfort and safety of all our visitors and staff, to ensure we are accessible to the most vulnerable we encourage:
• Wearing a face covering in all areas apart from when you’re sitting in the café (unless exempt)
• Social distancing
• Cleaning your hands regularly using sanitiser stations
• Paying with contactless
• Following instructions given by a member of staff
• Please do not enter if you are feeling unwell.

We’re still asking everyone to book their free ticket online as we will continue limiting capacity in the galleries and during live events. We will continue to regularly clean surfaces, spaces and equipment. All our staff will be wearing face covering and taking regular lateral flow tests.

You can read our full list of measures on our website: https://camdenartcentre.org/visit/

We'd like to update you on Camden Art Centre’s COVID-19 safety measures from tomorrow.

For the comfort and safety of all our visitors and staff, to ensure we are accessible to the most vulnerable we encourage:
• Wearing a face covering in all areas apart from when you’re sitting in the café (unless exempt)
• Social distancing
• Cleaning your hands regularly using sanitiser stations
• Paying with contactless
• Following instructions given by a member of staff
• Please do not enter if you are feeling unwell.

We’re still asking everyone to book their free ticket online as we will continue limiting capacity in the galleries and during live events. We will continue to regularly clean surfaces, spaces and equipment. All our staff will be wearing face covering and taking regular lateral flow tests.

You can read our full list of measures on our website: https://camdenartcentre.org/visit/

Sneak peek of 'I can only dream of living things being made out of letters' ✨ We're excited to celebrate this year's SEN...
20/07/2021

Sneak peek of 'I can only dream of living things being made out of letters' ✨ We're excited to celebrate this year's SEN Schools Programme exhibition, tomorrow from 6.30-8.00pm in the Artists' Studio (free, all welcome).

The exhibition presents a symbolic landscape where visitors are invited to move, listen, feel, wave and push body-parts through the work in the space. This collaboration brings together young people and teachers from local Special Education Needs schools, alongside our partner ActionSpace and artists Evan Bond, Lydia CS and Natalie Zervou-Kerruish.

Looking for a new picnic spot? 🧺🌳🍃 Camden Art Centre’s Garden offers a quiet retreat from the city in which visitors are...
16/07/2021

Looking for a new picnic spot? 🧺🌳🍃 Camden Art Centre’s Garden offers a quiet retreat from the city in which visitors are free to relax and welcome to bring their own food for a picnic.

We also have our onsite café, Cantine, where you can enjoy coffee, natural wines, cocktails, and delicious seasonal food. 🍸🥗☕️

We're open Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm - visit us!

15/07/2021

Tickets for next week's Garden Nights are selling fast 🔥🔥 Join us on Friday 23 July, for an evening of live music with Still House Plants, Bianca scout and Alpha Maid (DJ) at Camden Art Centre Garden (£7/£5 book through the link in bio).

This event has been organised by Camden Art Centre with 33-33.

#StillHousePlants

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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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