Annual programmes

Each year the arts team runs an Annual Programme. Themed around topical events these programmes work in partnership with organisations and artists across the Borough to deliver a wide range of free arts events and activities to local residents and visitors.

In 2017-2018 we were delighted to announce the launch of two exciting programmes:

Camden Kalā  

Our festival Camden Kalā shone a spotlight on India’s vibrant heritage both within Camden and beyond. Our programme explored dance, music, film, academic text and the visual arts. Family workshops, walking tours, artists’ film screenings, yoga and food were also featured. Local partners included: The Place, Roundhouse, Central St Martins, Akademi, Quiet Down There and others, International partners include Tarq Gallery (Mumbai), Chatterjee and Lal (Mumbai).

Discover the full programme of activities

Camden Flux 


2017 saw the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act (1967) which introduced the partial decriminalisation of same sex relationships in England and Wales via an act of Parliament. Throughout the year Camden will hosted a wide range of events, screenings, exhibitions, talks and online articles to explore the history of LGBTQ+ culture.

Discover the full programme of activities

 Ways to explore Camden 

  • Love Camden is a guide for exploring the best of what’s on in Camden, from art exhibitions and theatre to comedy and pop-up markets. Check out the neighbourhood guides to explore what’s on your doorstep or our Top 10 pages to discover something new. You can also follow Love Camden on TwitterFacebook and Instagram
  • Swiss Cottage Gallery in Swiss Cottage Library displays a year-round programme of diverse, high quality exhibitions
  • Museum Mile - provides an insight into London’s past and present. Discover 12 of the city's most extraordinary museums and galleries and their equally diverse collections. More self guided walks from Love Camden
  • London Greeters offer unique walking tours to all Camden visitors. Greeters are local Camden residents who are keen to share Camden's hidden gems. Would you like to book a Greet or become a Greeter yourself?

Overview on placing artworks and memorials in parks and open spaces

Memorials and public art can positively enhance the public realm. They can help us to reflect on and remember the lives and experiences of those who live or once lived in the borough, commemorate events of importance, provide reminders to the historical and social past or simply enhance an area and the aesthetic value people derive from it.

Application guidelines

Read the following documents before applying:

Only after you have reviewed the issues in the guidance document, and judged that your proposal seems to fit with the criteria in this guide, should you develop your proposal.

It will need be detailed enough for us to fully understand what you are proposing and will need to include details of how the cost of the proposal is to be covered and how future management and maintenance costs will be met.

Proposals that do not provide a sufficient level of detail will not be considered.

Statues and memorials saturation map

Statues and memorials saturation map

Community festivals

Camden Community Festival Grants Are Now Closed For 2019-20

Camden Council’s community festival grants, administered by Voluntary Action Camden, are now closed!

This annual grant scheme adds brightness, culture and diversity to all areas of Camden, thanks to the local communities that work tirelessly to put these festivals together.

Thank you to all who applied, recipients will be personally emailed on March 29th, 2019 with the result.

 

Once grants our announced all recipients will be posted on this page - stay tuned.

 

Event information: If you have any event related enquiries, for example road closures, health and safety or anything else event related, contact Camden Events Service on 020 7974 5633 or email events@camden.gov.uk
 

Past art projects

Black history season

We were proud to work with a range of partners on the Black History Season. Due to funding changes we are no longer able to coordinate the season. We hope other Camden partners will come forward to lead the programme.

Pop-up shop projects

If you are looking for an empty property to set up your project in have a look at vacant properties:

You will find a list of available properties owned by the council and details, whom to contact regarding a hire. To run your own pop-up shop project have a look at the pop-up shop resource document:


Past exhibitions at Swiss Cottage Gallery

Silia Ka Tung Chiral, 2008

Silia Ka Tung grew up with a fascination for nature and the human body. She uses vivid, saturated colours and crispy lines against flat backgrounds. Silia's dynamic compositions reflect the influence of cartoons, billboards and the computer games of her youth, as well as that of traditional Chinese folk art.

Angela Inglish Railway Lands

Her photographs record the extraordinary transition of King’s Cross.

Previous temporary public art projects

  • Monika Sosnowska: The Wind House (2008), a temporary installation on Primrose Hill part of the Portavilion projects curated by UP Projects
  • Carmody and Groake architects: The Sky Walk, (2008), an exhibition and performance space on Montague Place
  • David Mach: It Takes Two, (1991) Euston Square Gardens
  • Northern Adventures (1992) at St Pancras Station in collaboration with Camden Arts Centre