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Another Way of Reading: An Exhibition from the Zabludowicz Collection & Swiss Cottage Gallery in Partnership

31 March - 11 May 2014

 Frances Scott, NOCTURNES (2013) 35mm double slide projection Commissioned as part of 'A Million Minutes', AIR Central Saint Martins & Islington Council
Frances Scott, NOCTURNES (2013), 35mm double slide projection Commissioned as part of 'A Million Minutes', AIR Central Saint Martins & Islington Council

The London Borough of Camden and the Zabludowicz Collection are delighted to announce Frances Scott as artist-in-residence at Swiss Cottage Library and the Zabludowicz Collection. She has been invited to work with the art collections, archives and physical spaces of each organisation to produce an evolving art project and exhibition.

Scott has selected a single artwork from Camden’s Art Collection and the Zabludowicz Collection, for display together at Swiss Cottage Library Gallery.  The exhibition reflects the connections between the two organisations, as well as the different perspectives on cities offered by both. Scott has juxtaposed artworks that broadly explore perceptions of place, time and memory.  These ideas will inform her residency and the paired artworks on display will change over the course of the exhibition as her research develops. The exhibition opens with Derek Jarman's Plague Street (1972), from Camden’s Art Collection, which is a pen and ink drawing in almost 'anamorphic' format, depicting a dense built environment or landscape of ruins.

Derek Jarman, Plague Street, copyright courtesy of the artistDerek Jarman, Plague Street (1972), copyright courtesy of the artist's estate

This is paired with Allora & Calzadilla's How to Appear Invisible (2009), a single channel video projection with sound, from the Zabludowicz Collection that documents the last remains of the Palast der Republik being torn down in Berlin in 2008.

Frances Scott’s residency is a partnership between the Zabludowicz Collection and London Borough of Camden. It builds on the current exhibition at the Zabludowicz Collection, Infinite City, which examines the city as material, site, and situation for the contemporary lived experience. The residency also coincides with the 50th anniversary of Swiss Cottage Library, designed by Sir Basil Spence and opened in 1964. The library is a Grade II listed building characterised by powerful geometric forms ‘wrapping’ around the structure.


Talk, walk and exhibition tour with artist Frances Scott and guests
Sunday 6 April, 2 – 4pm

Location: Meet at Swiss Cottage Library Gallery
Frances Scott talks about her residency at Swiss Cottage Library Gallery. This will be followed by a short ‘walk and talk’ to the Zabludowicz Collection accompanied by artist Jonathan Murphy. Weaving together fact and fiction, the walk will reveal alternative histories for the places encountered between the two locations. The event concludes with a tour of the current Zabludowicz Collection exhibition, Infinite City, led by Scott with Kelly Large, Zabludowicz Collection Public Programme curator.

Free but booking recommended. Book here.

Film screening: Another way of reading
Thursday 24 April, 7 - 9pm

Location: Zabludowicz Collection, 176 Prince of Wales Road, Chalk Farm NW5 3PT
Frances Scott hosts a screening of short films exploring ideas and experiences of the city, including works selected from the Zabludowicz Collection.

Free but booking recommended. Book here.

Live event: We interrupt this transmission
Monday 28 April, 12 – 8pm

Location: Swiss Cottage Library Gallery
A live broadcast by CATALOG, which is a collaborative project between artists Frances Scott and Joyce Cronin, using material found in Swiss Cottage and the Zabludowicz Collection libraries. Produced especially for the Swiss Cottage Library environment, this event is an extension of an ongoing work We interrupt this transmission, a monthly online image-broadcast using email and twitter. For more information.

Free but booking recommended. Book here.

Families Create drop-in workshop: Another way of reading
Saturday 3 May, 2 - 5pm

Location: Swiss Cottage Library Gallery
A drop in art workshop for families using the exhibition at Swiss Cottage Library Gallery as inspiration, led by artists Frances Scott and Effie Coe. Suitable for children aged three and above accompanied by an adult.

Free but booking recommended. Book here.

Closing event: Another way of reading
11 May, time TBA

Location: Swiss Cottage Library Gallery
Another way of reading culminates in this live event by Frances Scott that draws upon her research, experiences and encounters over the course of the residency.

Free but booking recommended. Book here.


Admission: FREE
Opening times during exhibitions: Thursday–Sunday, 12–6pm or by appointment

Zabludowicz Collection
176 Prince of Wales Road
London NW5 3PT


Admission: FREE
Opening times: Mon-Thu 10am-8pm
Fri-Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 11am-4pm

Swiss Cottage Library and Gallery
88 Avenue Rd, London, NW3 3H

Recent events

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Winter Selection from Camden's Art CollectionThe Snow Quilt by Phil Greenwood

Noemi Lakmaier’s living art installation The Observer EffectObserver effect at Swiss Gallery

2013 Open Open featuring 92 pieces of art painting in the gallery

The Gallery programme

  • Solo exhibitions by artists and arts organisations based and/or working in the borough area- and beyond- reflecting the contemporary visual arts community of Camden and the visual art and design institutions in the borough.
    • Exhibitions that draw attention to the artistic history of Camden and artists that have lived or worked in the borough.
    • Regular exhibitions to mark local or national initiatives such as the WW1 centenary or Open House.
    • Annual Open Open exhibition, usually in July, which is open to all including professional and non-professional artists alike. For more details and to be added to the mailing list, in order to be notified of this year’s Open Open dates, contact

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