Camden has a long tradition of artists living and working in the borough. Major visual artists like Anthony Caro and Henry Moore have been based here. It’s a tradition that’s carried on, with art and artists at the very heart of the communities, and creative people from all over the world coming to Camden to create and showcase their work.
Central Saint Martins is central to the new King's Cross development area, and the host of galleries and museums showcase the most eclectic new artworks, whilst continuing to offer public programs, and working with schools and communities.
It’s in this spirit that Camden supports innovative public art as part of new developments in the borough, to create and showcase Camden and design an environment that’s unique and will give pleasure to our residents, businesses and the many visitors in Camden every year. The new Kings Cross development, for example, has public art built into its core. The Camden Arts Centre has released a map of artists walks around the wider Kings Cross area. Also, Regent's Place has recently completed its public art programme as part of the new development: Regent’s Place Art Guide (PDF 677KB)
Art being core to the borough, part of the fabric of the place, is one of the reasons Camden has the second highest number of visitors in London and also why there are proportionately more creative business in Camden than almost anywhere else.
Where to see some of the contemporary public art in Camden:
- Gary Hume: Pecking Bird, (2013), Regents Place, corner of Brock Street & Hampstead Road
- John Aldus: Tokens, (2010), Marchmont Street Plaza
- Richard Wilson: Square The Block, (2009), LSE, Corner of Kingsway and Sardinia Street
- Carmody Groarke: The Regent’s Place Pavilion, (2009), Regent’s Place, Euston Road
- Julian Opie: Ruth Walking in Jeans, (2009), Regent’s Place, Euston Road
- Sion Parkinson: A couple of ripe, ornamental pineapples, (2009), Regent’s Place, Euston Road
- Thomas Heatherwick: Studio Bleigiessen, (2005), Wellcome Trust, Euston Road
- Laura Ford: Tailored, creative space for children to explore the world of knowledge, (2003), Children’s Library within Swiss Cottage Library
- Antony Gormley: Reflection,
(2003), Regent's Place, Euston Road
Planets, (2002), British Library Plaza, Euston Road
- Rebecca Warren: William, (2008), Central St Giles
- John Aiken: Monolith, University College Hospital, Euston Road
- Knut Henrik Henriksen: Full Circle, (2009), Northern Line Concourse, Kings Cross St Pancras Underground Station
- Martin Jennings: Betjeman, (2007), St Pancras International Station
- Eduardo Paolozzi: Piscator 2, (1980), Euston Station Forecourt
- Keith Grant: St Joan, (1971), Shaw Theatre, Ossulton Street
- Jacob Epstein: War Memorial, (1957), TUC Building, Great Russell Street