Camden Arts Centre is 50


In 2015/16 Camden Arts Centre celebrated its 50th birthday. The Centre has become an internationally renowned art space, continually recognised for excellence in education alongside a forward thinking, ambitious exhibitions programme housed in a Grade II listed building in North London. We are proud to be a place where art is made as well as seen, our commitment to this evidenced in our long-established residency programme and in the working studios, where people of all ages can exercise their own creativity in courses, schools days and education projects.

To mark the anniversary, we presented five lectures looking back on the important role public institutions, such as Camden Arts Centre, have played in making art accessible for everyone, fostering careers of artists and showcasing challenging work over 50 years. In association with the lecture series, we are publishing a special anniversary publication reflecting on these talks and similar themes written by experts in the respective fields. Read more about the talk series here.

In summer 2015 we launched our Online Archive, presenting images, texts and multimedia materials detailing our work with artists over the years and highlighting recurring themes which have peppered the programme over the years.

On Sunday 13 September we opened the studio doors to let people of all ages experience activities from the artist-led education programme we are so proud of. Read more about our 50th anniversary Summer Takeover here

During this celebratory year we also launched our Youth Collective, working with young people aged 15- 25 years, and we worked with new archive volunteers from the local area to sustain the future of our archive. Read more about our Living Archive Project here

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