Greetings once again dear readers. I bring you information about what’s hot and happening in the Camberwell Arts Festival this weekend.
On Friday you’ll be spoilt for choice. Local artist Steven Appleby will be offering an insight into the extraordinary world of one of the country’s leading cartoonists. Stephen is a regular contributor to The Guardian, and has published books such as ‘Steven Appleby’s Normal Life’ & ‘The Secret Thoughts of Cats’. You can catch him at the Library at 7pm. Meanwhile, at 8pm on the Green, the Scratch Choir of random passing souls will perform the songs they’ve been practising over the course of the week. The songs all have a connection to Camberwell in one way or another, apparently. And for the keen photographers out there — we know who you are — your challenge is to ‘Shoot Your Own Damn Festival’ — the results can be displayed at the Arts Bar.
Saturday and Sunday bring the famous Open Studios — all the artists who are squirreled away in Camberwell’s nooks and crannies all year round, throw open their doors and invite you in to take a peek at their work. They might even offer you a glass of wine and a canape. Hell, they might even sell you some of their work. There are studios all over Camberwell, in collective buildings like Vanguard Court, or in the artists’ own homes. Check out the names and addresses on the Camberwell Arts website (http://www.camberwellarts.org.uk/). And if you’re a little shy and prefer to travel in a pack, a tour of some of the open studios will be meeting at Vanguard Court at 3pm on Saturday.
Meanwhile on the Green on Saturday will be Camberwell’s first Arts and Crafts Market. Organised by Camberwell Community Council this could become a regular event if well supported. Whilst you’re there it’s the last chance to enjoy the Camberwell Piano — there’ll be an All-Comers concert at 12noon, and then a stripping down of the thing to find new ways to play it at 2pm. At the same time, in Butterfly Walk, deaf performance artist Aaron Williamson will be busking, but with a twist — he’ll give money to anyone who stops and listens (only 5p mind)! Saturday night brings Wet Sounds at the Swimming Pool — an evening of underwater entertainment which invites you to float or dive through water to hear a collection of especially made sound art.
Come Sunday it’s wind-down time, and there’ll be an artist’s encampment on Camberwell Green. More than 40 artists will be coming and going, creating art works, giving performances and leading interactive activities. In the tradition of the historic Camberwell fair, the event will end with a puppet fight — Puppet Wars. And then we can all go home.
More details and information about times and locations can be found at http://www.camberwellarts.org.uk/.