Camden Arts Centre
Camden Arts Centre is the place for world-class contemporary art exhibitions and education in Camden. Founded by artists in 1965, the artist’s practice still exists at their core, as they aim to involve the public in a participatory way by engaging them in the ideas and works of contemporary artists. In addition to the galleries, Camden Arts Centre hosts residencies, talks, art studios and a range of events and educational programmes, both on- and off-site. Their versatile programme ensures that the Centre is a dynamic place for seeing, making and talking about art, and many of these events are free! After the show, go and have a drink in their relaxing café which offers wonderful fresh food by Alan and his team, or lie down in the garden to reflect and chat.
Exhibitions feature emerging and international artists showing for the first time in London, historic figures who inspire contemporary practice and artist-selected group shows. Camden Arts Centre also strives to support artists in making new artworks. Central to its programme is the artist residency programme, which aims to develop artists' practices with practical support, resulting in new work and public participation. Past residency artists include: Salvatore Arancio, Caroline Achaintre, Jesse Wine, Phoebe Cummings, Francis Upritchard, Anne Hardy, Mike Nelson and Martin Creed.
They also offer free family sessions every Sunday when exhibitions are on! Drop in with your little ones to participate in creative activities led by artists.
Hampstead Arts Centre (renamed Camden Arts Centre in 1967) was created in 1965 providing the local community with classes in painting, life drawing, pottery, printing and basic design. The current Camden Arts Centre is situated at the corner of Arkwright Road and Finchley Road, NW3 in a Grade II listed premises, designed by the architect Arnold Taylor. The building’s integral qualities of simplicity, space and light were ideal for the showing of art and the first exhibition was held a year after the Centre was established. Inevitably, the site soon became a focal point for artists living locally.
In 2015 the Centre launched their Online Archive to celebrate their 50th Anniversary, presenting images, texts and multimedia materials detailing their work with artists over the years and highlighting recurring themes which have peppered the program over the years. Have a browse to see some excellent work by Glenn Ligon, Kara Walker and Eva Hesse, amongst others. Camden Arts Centre is a registered charity and all income generated by private events supports their exhibition and education programme.