This exhibition has been digitised as part of the Living Archive Project
Basil Beattie, Peter Cartwright, John Croft, Michael Cutts, Jennifer Durrant, Brian Fielding, Alan Green, Peter Joseph, Sarah Kent, Justin Knowles, Edwina Leapman, Margot Perryman, Keith Richardson-Jones, David Saunders, David Willetts
Preface by Peter Carey
It is the purpose of this annual exhibition to show relatively new or unknown work and thereby help to fill the large gaps which exist in the representation of artists in London. Each year the exhibition has a theme which gives an opportunity to individual artists to show their work alongside their contemporaries who are working in a similar direction. The first Survey show last year was concerned with figurative painting and was a broad treatment of the theme. This year there are several discernible kinds of abstraction but a single unifying interest in pure form and colour. The scope of the exhibition is not limited to London and includes the regions with artists from South Wales and Nottingham, and Justin Knowles from Devon, who has already been associated with this centre where he worked in the large studio before his inclusion in the Whitechapel New Generation last year. The two year old Camden Arts Centre is in fact not only a new gallery but a full time art school and community of artists. The coming year should bring a full l of exhibitions including International Crafts, Israeli Artists, the De Stijl exhibition, Modern Art in Norway when also three artists from Norway will be working in the centre, and Survey ’68 which will bring a neglected English art movement to the surface.
It is an alarming fact that the young aspiring professional is too often under pressure to produce sales formula remote from the meaning of art. This situation can only be changed by intelligent patronage. Over the years Camden’s Survey will at least give an opportunity for artists of varying originality and conformity to see and be seen.
The London Borough of Camden in the fine tradition of its incorporate St Pancras is one of the first local governments to recognise the need for the artist and musician to exhibit and perform for the public enrichment. If this recognition were to be emulated throughout local government there could arise a city co-existence in the arts that was so fruitful in the renaissance and could be so good today.
Exhibition organised by Peter Carey, Manager, Camden Arts Centre