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Camberwell Arts Festival 11–19 June

Camberwell Arts Festival 2016

Come see art and creativity flourishing in SE5, from artist studios to open spaces, cafes, bars and pubs to the public spaces, where you can discover the delights of the emerging artistic bubble.

2016 MIC

To kick off Camberwell Arts Festival 2016, join us for the summer edition of the MADE IN CAMBERWELL arts market full of locally produced handmade art and design. Savvy shoppers will be able to purchase unique gifts, homewares and jewellery sold directly by the artists and makers. Expect a fun, bustling atmosphere with music and entertainment from Camberwell Choir School and Pangea


2016 MERCHANDISE

We are delighted to collaborating with design hero’s Mini Moderns on the last ever exclusive range of FESTIVAL MERCHANDISE celebrating Camberwell. All merchandise will be available at Made In Camberwell arts market on Saturday 11th June and Pigeon Hole whilst stocks last.


2016 ORGANOKE SOCIAL SQ

In the evening, head across the road for the opening night gala, and a world first: ORGANOKE! Avoid the football, and come join in this musical extravaganza and sing along to all of your favorite Karaoke tunes en mass with the mighty church organ, a live band and the one and only Ida Barr!

Plus the premiere of Sarah Doyle’s short film Walking in Father’s Footsteps. If you are shy, fill up at our fully licensed bar fully stocked with Orbit beers. Afterwards, head down to the Crypt for a feel-good afterparty.

Tickets £5 Adv (+booking)  / £7 on the night — We have given away 100 community passes to local community groups to make this event open to everyone in Camberwell.


IMG_00442016 THE CAMBERWELL OPEN

In its second year, the CAMBERWELL OPEN is an art exhibition that aims to present a snapshot of creative practice from artists based in, or associated with Camberwell.  This is an exhibition where we plan to ‘hang the lot’ to truly present the spectrum of talent from across SE5, at Camberwell Leisure Centre in Artichoke Place throughout the festival.


2016 OPEN STUDIO A3 LANDSCAPE

Rounding off the festival will be fourth collaborative Camberwell Arts OPEN STUDIO event, with up to 100 artists, makers and creators throwing open their doors to art-lovers and collectors. Representing the spectrum of creative arts: ceramics, craft, illustration, jewellery, silversmithing, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and textiles, SE5 has it all!

We are also very excited to be collaborating with GX Gallery this year, to showcase their favourite 20 artists from the open studios. check out their REVOLVING GALLERY in their window during the festival.


In harmony with this year’s theme, Metamorphosis, ten local artists have been commissioned to re-design 10 SHOPFRONTS as well as public events in a variety of spaces: A tinfoil phonograph workshop will be hosted by Browbeat theatre at the Flying Dutchman, Owl Parliament Choir will be performing at Datchelor Place; and an LED glove puppet workshop will take place at Art Deli.

We are also delighted to have a full and varied FRINGE PROGRAMME from comedy at the Joiners Arms (Happy Hr Comedy), performance at Blue Elephant Theatre (In The Gut) and St Giles (Buried Alive), music at Grove Chapel, workshops at Flux Jewellery School, Cowling & Wilcox, Open Studios and exhibits at SLAM Ad Art, Sunshine Arts, Hill Bakery, Camberwell library and walks around SE5.

We hope you have a fantastic 9 days discovering the creative side of Camberwell.

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Camberwell’s pubs: addendum

A few brief additions to my post on local pubs a few weeks ago.

First, The Bear has (re-)opened, although not quite fully. It’s now a craft-beer focused pub with a kitchen. The interior has seen a spruce-up, no massive changes but a bit more bright and with more beer pumps. The space still looks a little sparse, but will no doubt improve over the coming weeks.

They have some 20 or so beers on cask and keg, including many locals. The staff are very knowledgeable about their craft beers, and this seems to be the intended differentiator between themselves and other local pubs. I look forward to revisiting many times to see them grow into the space, and wish them success — that’s a tricky location, but hopefully soon to be more popular due to the many new flats being constructed across the road.

Also re-opened is The Phoenix, at Denmark Hill station. They’ve likewise spruced up, with some nice new booth seating particularly noticeable — and it’s still the best place to catch the sun later in the day. There’s a new menu as of last week, which looks good albeit identical to at least one other pub in their chain, The Commercial in Herne Hill.

In my previous blog post I mentioned that The Crooked Well wasn’t the best place for drinkers, but that was out-of-date information; they’ve refurbished their lounge to have more seats and tables, and made the difficult change from being a tied pub to a freehouse which means they have freedom to serve the beers they want. So in addition to their nice restaurant it’s now also a decent place to sit and have a beer.

Finally, some pubs I missed from my round-up: First is The Amaryllis on Coldharbour Lane. I’ve been there once, about eight years ago, so fear I have nothing useful to add about it other than it’s still there so seems at least moderately successful. Then there are The Kennington, La Tavernetta/The Golden Goose and The Clarendon Arms, all on Camberwell New Road. You can tell by their omission that I don’t get out that way much.  Sadly, I also have nothing to report on them except that they’ve been through name changes in the past few years.

Perhaps it’s time I did a pub crawl through the places I’ve never visited.

Cooks Wanted for the Camberwell Cookbook

Remember the Travel Guide to Camberwell, released for Camberwell Arts Festival back in 2012? There’s a similar publication planned for this year’s festival (11th-19th June), but this time around it will showcase recipes, reviews, cafés and restaurants in the area. Called The Camberwell Cookbook, the plan is to mix recipes and artwork by local residents in order to showcase our vibrant local food and arts scene.

The book will be printed and distributed in May, but first your contributions are needed. There will be a series of workshops at the Peckham Pelican later this week: Thursday to Saturday, 2pm to 6pm. The workshops will be creating visual content to go in the cookbook through drawing, printing and planting.

You can just turn up and get involved, or email the organisers at camberwellcookbook@​gmail.​com for more details.

Angels & Gypsies closes its doors

Very shocked to learn today that Angels & Gypsies, on Church St., has closed. The Church Street Hotel and Communion Bar are unaffected and will continue as normal. A statement on their website reads:

Having had 6 wonderful years of bringing our passion for creative, seasonal tapas to our intimate restaurant we have decided to focus our expertise in hosting special events. We will no longer be operating as a seven day a week restaurant , but will be working closely with our catering partners, Church Street Hotel, and Communion Bar in providing a warm intimate venue for private events, functions, wedding receptions and venue hire.

We would like to thank all our loyal customers for their support over the years, and look forward to hosting many more special events to come.

The food at Angels & Gypsies has been consistently excellent, and made the restaurant one of the first ‘destination’ restaurants in the area. If increased competition in the past few years meant that it wasn’t always full to capacity as in its heyday, Angels & Gypsies was rarely below half full on any given evening. The loss of the place leaves us with a tapas-shaped hole.