Top Picks - Love Camden

Top Picks

Camden events, exhibitions, arts and culture.

Some of our favourite picks this month in Camden.

'We make camden, celebrating windrush', written on colours of black, yellow, blue and green
Windrush Top Pick
22nd June 3.50pm and 5.30pm Free

Come and join Camden for a celebration of the Windrush generation, their descendants and their contribution to the UK.
Dance, music and fun. 
 

3:45pm Whitfield Gardens, Tottenham Court Road
Adjacent to Tottenham Court Rd
Whitfield Street  W1T 2RJ


5:30pm Swiss Cottage Open Space,
Adjacent to Swiss Cottage Library 
and Leisure Centre
NW3 3HA

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Whtifield Gardens and Swiss Cottage Open Space
Free to Join
A woman stands on a stage in a bright yellow top, smiling as she speaks into a microphone.
Art Top Picks Poetry
21st June 2022 7pm to 11pm £8

Roundhouse Poetry Collective

Hear from the freshest voices in poetry!

Roundhouse Poetry Collective Live presents an exciting evening of performances from the current Roundhouse Poetry Collective.

Hosted by poet, playwright, novelist, and Roundhouse Poetry Collective lead tutor, Cecilia Knapp.

Featuring:

  • Sana Elwakili
  • Noah Jacob
  • Lola Oseni
  • Isabelle Clarke
  • Ella Dorman-Gajic
  • Benin Khalil
  • George Duggan
  • Tife Kusoro
  • Francis Mukiibi
  • Arun Jeetoo

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The Roundhouse
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On a white wall, there is a large blue painting with different coloured flowers on it. To the left is a blue vase with flowers in it, to the right is a bright orange armchair
Exhibition Top Picks Art
29 April - 18 Sept Tue to Sun: 11am to 6pm, Thur: 11am to 9pm Free

Lily van der Stokker: Thank You Darling

Camden Art Centre presents the first institutional solo exhibition in London by Lily van der Stokker, one of the Netherlands’ most celebrated contemporary artists.

The exhibition will bring together a group of works made by van der Stokker between 1989 and 2021, which address ideas of society, home, friendship, work, finances, illness and care; as well as speaking to this extraordinary contemporary moment. While some works have previously been realised in other contexts and spaces, others are presented across Camden Art Centre’s galleries for the first time. The exhibition will also include a number of original drawings on paper and works on canvas produced over the last 30 years.

Van der Stokker draws her images with an exacting care and precision, configuring them against one another for the specifics of each space, before scaling them up and executing them directly onto the gallery walls. Her monumental wall paintings – with their distinctive colour palate and highly decorative motifs, including flowers, clouds, patterns and curlicues – play on apparently clichéd stereotypes of femininity, but her work has a depth and toughness that belies its saccharine aesthetic. For more than 30 years she has immersed herself in the supposedly mundane material of everyday life, taking seriously the intricacies of the small, the personal and the overlooked, while at the same time forging a radical feminist practice in a language she has made entirely her own. Behind its apparent softness and sincerity – once described as ‘so sweet it can kill’ – her work remains both provocative and radical.

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Camden Art Centre
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Guided Walk Top Picks
15th June 2022 6pm to 7.30pm £12

Regent’s Park – Fantasy Terraces and Secret Gardens

On this walk, led by Camden Guides Richard Cohen and Jo Wilkinson, we will see the most beautiful Nash Terraces on the Outer Circle and their gardens as well as Lasdun's mid-century masterpiece at the Royal College of Physicians with its displays of medicinal and poisonous plants.

We will visit a serene and hidden garden in the Inner Circle. We will hear about Prince Regent's grand scheme to make London the most magnificent city in Europe. We will look at how the buildings, gardens and open spaces of Regent’s Park act to enhance our lives.

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Great Portland Street station
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Two Poles in front of a housing estate, the pole of the left has a small statue of a boat on it and the pole ont he right has an emblem on it
Top Pick Guided Walk
Saturday 18th June 2022 1pm Donation from £2 to £20

Fairy Tales of St Pancras Walk

A walk round St Pancras housing to see Gilbert Bayes ‘art in everyday life’, followed by an optional workshop in the museum.

Art in everyday life were the words of Gilbert Bayes, the artist who created fairy tales on walls, ships, birds nursery rhymes and saints' stories on drying posts on washing, for St Pancras Housing in the 1930s.

Somers Town has been called the 'fairy tale district' - join us for a guided walk and workshop around the history of this art - finials and lunettes.

Find out the folk tales... Hans Christian Anderson, the Brothers Grimm, and saints stories St Nicholas, St Anthony...

Led by experienced Guide Steve McCarthy of Hidden London Walks.co.uk, we co-present a live tour, a visual feast, stories, and a mystery of their loss.

With local insights from people who live here, you have unusual access to unseen art in hidden courtyards.

We appreciate donations to contribute to our fund to campaign to replace the sadly damaged and missing finals.  Three are to be replaced - the broken St Antony of Padua statuette and 2 finials; and further to that, to replace all missing finials to restore this district to its intended 'art in everyday life'!

For why shouldn't ordinary people have art?

Low cost options available.

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People's Museum Somers Town
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The Words 'Among the Machines' in pink on a grey background
Exhibition Top Pick
24 March to 17 July Thursday to Sunday, 12pm to 6pm Free

Among the Machines

Among the Machines is a major new exhibition of works from the Collection examining how humans interact with machines and non-human entities, featuring new augmented reality artworks created in direct response to the gallery space. As artificial intelligence (AI) develops to potentially surpass us, this exhibition asks: how will we respond to a stage of evolution beyond the human?

Thirteen international artists from across different generations investigate the impact of technology on our sense of individual and collective identity, and our relationship to the planet. From disrupting the biases of data sets, to exploring new types of consciousness and alternative evolutionary branches, the artists in this exhibition imagine and materialise new possibilities for co-existence with other lifeforms.

Alongside installations of video, sculpture and interactive computer works, visitors will be able to access a virtual enhancement of the physical exhibition through their smartphones. Augmented reality (AR) technology creates a portal through which audiences can view gravity-defying objects animated in their physical surroundings. Created by Joey Holder, Lauren Moffatt and Theo Triantafyllidis, the new AR works are produced in partnership with Daata, an online platform that commissions and supports artists in utilising technology to realise ambitious projects in the physical and digital realms. Daata brings these new AR works to life via the new Daata AR app.

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Zabludowicz Collection
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