Sunday 13 September, 12.00 - 5.00pm / free
Come and celebrate 50 years of Camden Arts Centre! Free, fun artist-led activities take place throughout the Centre. Take part in a group performance inspired by our archives, drawing in the Hannah Collins exhibition, ringing bells in the Garden and the weekly family drop in workshop Make and Do in the Drawing Studio. Artists taking part in the Summer Takeover include Caroline Achaintre, Corinne Felgate, Matthew Larkinson, Aaron McPeake, Jake Spicer, Nicole Vinokur and Demelza Watts.
A one-day exhibition of work made in our Ceramics Studio will be on show celebrating 50 years of courses and workshops in our Artists’ Studio. Tweet in a picture of your own ceramics works or share on Instagram using #CAC50. The exhibition is accompanied by a selection of items from the archives which explore the history of ceramics at the Centre.
We also invite you to explore our digital archive on the day and join us in the Garden where our Café will be serving a summer BBQ from 12.00pm. Please see a schedule for the day below.
Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund
Schedule for the day
An Anniversary of Hysteria
Wondering performance, rehearsals in the meeting room
With Corinne Felgate
Corinne Felgate invites visitors to re-stage and bring to life fantastical spectacles from Camden Arts Centre's past. Wear costumes and sculptures made by the artist, rehearse as a group and then perform prose in spaces across the building. An artist film of the event will be made during the day. Sessions start on the hour and the half hour, places are limited.
With Caroline Achaintre
Join Caroline Achaintre in the Ceramics Studio to repair the broken teeth of mythical beasts and fit them with a new pair of ceramic dentures. Sessions start on the hour and the half hour, places are limited.
With Aaron McPeake
Aaron McPeake has installed a number of bells in Camden Arts Centre’s Garden alongside his work Toll, initially installed in April 2013. Visitors are also invited to share the finishing process of five singing bowls, which Aaron will donate to the Centre. The bowls will be available to buy as editions after the takeover, ask at the bookshop for more information. Aaron is in the Garden: 12:00-1:30pm, 2:00-3:30 pm, 4:00-5:00pm
With Jake Spicer
Jake will be leading a family friendly life drawing session set among Hannah Collins large scale photographs in Gallery 1. This fun drop in session will look at how approaches to life drawing have changed since the Centre first opened in 1965 and is suitable for those with and without experience. Drop in: 12.00-1.30pm, 2.00-3.30pm, 4.00-5.00pm
Demelza Watts and Nicole Vinokur
Join recent RCA graduates to discuss 50 years of exhibitions by female artists at the Centre. Whilst you talk decorate a cotton bag with quotes, exhibition titles, artist names and your thoughts and take home your own piece of the archive. Drop in: 12.00-5.00pm
Make and Do
With Matthew Larkinson
Matthew Larkinson is in the Drawing Studio exploring Hannah Collins’ photographs of Noah Purifoy’s assemblages and Eric Bainbridge’s exhibition from the archive. Visitors are invited to fold, bend cut and stick largescale colourful paper to make their own sculptures and assemblages inspired by the work of all three artists. Drop in: 12.00-5.00pm
To celebrate 50 years of ceramics at Camden Arts Centre we have invited course attendees, ceramic tutors and past residency artists to exhibit work they have made at the Centre over the last 50 years. The exhibition is accompanied by a selection of items from the archives which explore the history of ceramics at the Centre. Drop in: 12.00-5.00pm
This event is free and suitable for all ages. Fully accessible toilets and baby changing facilities are located on the ground floor. CAC is wheelchair accessible. Disabled parking is limited so please contact us to book a space.