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?

Community festivals

Camden Community Festival Grants are open for 2021-22

Camden Council’s community festival grants are now open.

The deadline for applications is 11:59pm on 28 February 2021.

How to apply

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.

Event information

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

Colourful Crossings on Tottenham Court Road

Events Programme 

We are running a series of free events on Tottenham Court Road as part of the Mayor of London's Lets Do London campaign, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

 

Free chalk art activities for children - Whitfield Gardens

Free to attend and no need to pre book, explore patterns and colours at this chalk painting session led by Camden artists and inspired by the work of Yinka Ilori on the nearby pedestrian crossings. 

  • Saturday 23rd October 11 - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm Led by Camden Black Creatives artist

  • Sunday 24th Oct 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm Led by Camden Black Creatives artist

  • Monday 25th Oct 9:30am - 11am and 12-1:30pm and 2pm - 3:30pm

  • Tuesday 26th Oct 12pm - 2pm

  • Wednesday 27th Oct 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm Led by Camden Black Creatives artist

  • Thursday 28th Oct 2pm - 4pm

  • Friday 29th Oct 9:30am - 11am and 12pm - 1:30pm and 2pm - 3:30pm

  • Saturday 30th 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm

Free walking tours

Choose from two free walks - or why not try both! Booking is essential. 

Creative, Cultural and Colourful: 

Learn about the history and artwork of this street and the many communities that have shaped the vibrant heart of Camden’s West End

Weekends (16 October – 5 December)
Two hour walks Saturday and Sunday at 11am

Half term (24, 26, 28 and 31 October)
Two hour walks at 11am

Wednesday lunchtimes (20 October – 3 December)
One hour walks at 12.30pm

Follow the yellow brick road

Learn about the history and characters that have shaped London in the last 2,000 years – not just kings and queens, but also cats, lions and unicorns! There’s something for everyone along this route.

Sunday afternoons
(17 October – 19 December)
Two hour walks at 1.30pm

Half term (Thursday 28 October )
Two hour walk at 1.30pm

 

Win prizes in our Instagram competition

Enter our Instagram competition to be in with a chance of winning a limited edition print from Yinka Ilori and other exciting prizes. Tag @wemakecamden in a photo of one of the crossings or a piece of artwork you have created inspired by Yinka’s art.

Yink Ilori's Colourful Crossings on Tottenham Court Road

From the 18th September Tottenham Court Road will host 11 colourful pedestrian crossings as part of the Mayor of London’s Let’s Do London campaign. 

This is a £6 million domestic tourism campaign from the Mayor of London to support the economy in central London as Covid-19 restrictions ease, attracting visitors to London and supporting the revitalisation of central London’s economy.

Here in Camden we are hosting artwork by London based artist Yinka Ilori which is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies with a contribution by Camden Council. A selection of pedestrian crossings along the road will be transformed during the London Design Festival into beautiful outdoor works of art for you to enjoy.

For the local community and visitors, Camden is also hosting a programme of events, so you can get involved and celebrate the artwork as well as enjoying the wider London Design Festival. 

More information on the programme of events will be added here along with frequently asked questions. 

We have sent a letter to all local residents and stakeholders.

For more information you can read the:

If you would like to find out more on the project or have any questions, you can email us at TCRart@camden.gov.uk

 

Past art projects

  • Camden Sentido – Annual Programme for 2016/2017 
  • Past exhibitions at Swiss Cottage Gallery

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.

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

Pop-up shop projects

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

Property for sale and let

You will find a list of available properties owned by the council. There are details of who to contact regarding a hire.