Camden Arts Centre
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Camden Arts Centre in the London Borough of Camden, England, is a place for contemporary visual art and education. Positioning the artist at the centre of the programme, Camden Arts Centre strives to involve the public in the ideas and work of today's artists and the artists who inspire them.
The exhibition and education programmes are developed with equal importance, and are continually intertwined. The changing programme includes exhibitions, artist residencies, off-site projects and artist-led activities, ensuring Camden Arts Centre remains a lively place for seeing, making and talking about contemporary art.
Camden Arts Centre aims to provide a platform for its audiences to actively engage with the process of making art.
Exhibitions feature emerging artists, international artists showing for the first time in London, significant historic figures who inspire contemporary practice and artist-selected group shows relevant to current debate. Exhibitions and events are all free.
Central to its programme is the residency programme, which seeks to develop artists' practices with practical support, resulting in new work and public participation.
Off-site artists' projects include new commissions and performance in strategic areas, such as King's Cross, London, and in local schools and community centres.
Educational activity includes events that engage audiences in a regular series of talks and discussions, film screenings and live art performances, alongside family activities, schools and widening participation projects led by artists.
Over the course of the year Camden Arts Centre runs public events, including talks and debates, live-art performances, film screenings and family open days.
Jenni Lomax OBE has been the Director of the Camden Arts Centre since 1990. In the 1970s, Lomax was part of the curatorial team assembled by Nicholas Serota at the Whitechapel Art Gallery. Lomax currently sits on the Boarrd of Raven Row, a non-profit contemporary art exhibition centre in Spitalfields
Under her stewardship, the Camden Arts Centre has established an internationally-acclaimed programme of exhibitions, including solo shows by Anya Gallaccio,Tal R, Victor Grippo, Hanne Darboven, Eva Hesse and Angela de la Cruz whose first solo exhibition in the UK, entitled "After", was held at Camden Arts Centre in April and May 2010.She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2010.
The venue began as the Hampstead Arts Centre in 1965, part of the former 1897 Hampstead public library. It was taken over by the local council in 1967 and renamed the Camden Arts Centre. It ran courses for artists, and also showed artworks. Exhibitions in the larger galleries were the responsibility of the Arkwright Arts Trust, and these were often ambitious and of well-known artists. These aspects of the centre moved away, along with most of the local artists who had frequented the Centre, to become the Hampstead School of Art in 1992.
The original venue reopened as an Arts Council arts centre, after a £4.2 million makeover, in January 2004.