Camden Art Collection

In recent years, a great deal of work has taken place to secure the future of the London Borough of Camden’s Art Collection. This has included collaboration with the public catalogue foundation, now Art UK, which photographed and recorded all of the oil paintings in the Collection. These can be seen, along with many other diverse collections from around the country, in the BBC online initiative, Your Paintings

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Conrad Atkinson,
                     'Plutonium Landscape'

The Collection comprises a rich variety of works dating from the late 1950s to the late 1980s, with many pieces by artists who had a strong connection to the borough. Some works were inherited from the predecessor authorities which were gifted artwork when the Council was established in 1965. Other works were directly purchased by the Council from 1965 to 1985, with limited funding from a small ‘Picture Loan’ scheme that the Council operated. Additional pieces were acquired through the Council’s relationship with Camden Arts Centre; from Public Art Commissions, or as donations by the artists themselves.

The majority of the artists lived for periods in the borough, so the Collection is also an important chronicle of the cultural life of Camden over four decades. Highlights of the Collection include unique works by Derek Jarman, John Minton and Prunella Clough, as well as limited edition works by Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney and Patrick Caulfield.

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