Camberwell Arts: Open Studios, Arts Markets & Catalogues.

We hope you enjoyed the 20th anniversary Arts festival with its mugs, cakes, lucky dip installations, arts market, music and Hokey Cokey! That was back in June, so we thought it was about time we updated you on what we have been working on since then. Download out latest newsletter from here.

Cataloguing Camberwell e-flyer landscape

Thurs 13th Nov, 7:30pm, Peckham Pelican — 92 Peckham Road, London SE15 5PY

Come and join us at the Peckham Pelican (strictly speaking, still within the Camberwell borders!) to pick up your very own commemorative copy of CATALOGUING CAMBERWELL as well as celebrate…
• Launch of the Christmas Open Studios flyer
• Launch of the Christmas Arts Market
• Introducing the new board of Camberwell Arts
• An exciting announcement about the 2015 festival theme!

There will be music by Winston Skerrit and Cassandra Rutledge, who will showcase work from the 20 Downloads project developed for this year’s festival, followed by The Art of the Magic Lantern — which uses pre-cinema projection equipment to create a new live performance by Nicole Mollett and Frog Morris.


We invited local residents to create a collective catalogue of this year’s festival of 20 commissioned artworks, 20 events and exhibitions that looked back, forwards and sideways at Camberwell and all it has to offer.
The results are Cataloguing Camberwell – a selection of our 20 favourite reviews.
In these pages you’ll find party bags, pop-up concerts and cake-based treasure hunts, the Beast of Camberwell, Eight Wonders of Camberwell and a Camberwell-inspired mug collection.
It’s not your typical catalogue, perhaps — but one that we hope showcases our thriving local arts scene and inspires you to explore Camberwell further.


We are delighted to announce the first ever co-branded Open Studios event!
In the run up to Christmas, the studios and artists of Camberwell will be throwing open their doors to the public and selling their wares to art-lovers and gift-seekers.
From canvases to prints, silver to ceramics, you will find something to suit all tastes and budgets in SE5 this Christmas.

Download your copy of the flyer from our website
Everyday, we are showcasing the artists on Facebook and Twitter #CAFXMAS2014 so you can get a sneak peak of what is to come!

East Camberwell Open Studios: Thu 28th — Sun 30th Nov
(Vanguard court & 11 Vestry Mews)

West Camberwell Open Studios: Fri 12th — Sun 14th Dec
(Artichoke Print Workshop, Clockwork Studios, Coldharbour Studios, Empress Mews & Remakery)

…Or pop into Daily Goods between 25th Nov-7th Dec, to see work curated by Orso Major Gallery.

MADE IN CAMBERWELL xmas 2014 logo

Saturday 6th December 10–5pm — Datchelor Place (Off Camberwell Church Street) SE5 7AP.

Join us at Datchelor Place on Sat 6th Dec for… MADE IN CAMBERWELL: An arts market bursting with crafters, artists and makers from Camberwell and beyond.
Set in a cosy cul-de-sac surrounded by cafes and eateries, we’ve made it easy to stock up on Christmas presents whilst keeping you toasty, well fed, and full of Christmas cheer.
Want to be a Stallholder? Download the application form & e‑mail CamberwellArtsFestival@​gmail.​com

For the latest info:
@CamberwellArts - #CAFXMAS14

22 thoughts on “Camberwell Arts: Open Studios, Arts Markets & Catalogues.”

  1. Wandering around today, I noticed the ‘Ministry of Signs and Wonders’ has vacated it’s site on Camberwell Green & a bulldozer seems to have moved in. A quick trawl of Southwark’s planning applications suggests the huge site (which extends all the way back to Camberwell New Road) will be mixed use, 6 storeys with 101 residential units.

    Also, there seem to be signs of life in Johanssons.

  2. Open studios always worth a trawl, so thanks for posting.
    Popped by The Bear late on Saturday night. Is it in hibernation? Me and Mrs Champ took the patronage up to 6. Food only on Tuesdays & Sundays these days.
    Brighter times at Edwardes of Camberwell Ltd., where the usual good service & friendly welcome persuaded me back onto 2 wheels. Still the best bike shop in SE5, despite the arriviste social clubs & cafes masquerading as competitors on Church Street. But that mean, green machine Evans has opened — and opened BIG — in East Dulwich.

  3. Feeling that “everyone in England should see it”, a local friend recently screened this sobering documentary on the systematic destruction of our NHS. It’s rough-and-ready but really worth your time:
    For those left incensed, there’s a meeting on Monday 17th, 8–9pm at Welton Hall, 59 Bushy Hill Road.

  4. @Lucas — thanks for the link. The film is very powerful & has left me incensed. What is the meeting on Monday?

  5. My friend says the aims of Monday’s meeting are:

    “…first, to understand other people’s feelings about local healthcare and NHS, then to talk about what I’ve learned about what we can do, eg support the NHS Reinstatement Bill, set up local National Health Action Party branch to campaign during election to make sure NHS is the main issue”.

  6. Sansom Street Blog is first with the news. I can only syndicate what they report.
    “A new bakery is planning to open in Camberwell. The Hill Bakery who were mentioned on the blog earlier in the year are moving into the new shop being built next to where Johanssons was on Grove Lane. The Hill Bakery already has a shop in New Cross and the bread I had from there was excellent. We’ll have to contain our excitement as there’s no fixed start date yet, but hopefully setting up the new shop goes smoothly and I’m sure it will quickly become a local favourite.
    It’s also great that the row of houses and shops at the bottom of Grove Lane have been restored and are going to be used, maybe well timed if there are also going to be improvements to the road.”
    This last remark is about the Pocket Spaces programme which will improve Grove Lane but only it seems in 2016.
    The Council officers at the Camberwell Community Council said the reworking of Camberwell Church Street and the big crossroads will also happen in 2016.

  7. @Lucas — thanks for the e‑petition, which I’ve signed (but I suspect our MP will be supportive of keeping the NHS outside the provisions of TTIP anyway). TTIP is very worrying, because it removes any room for democratic decision-making and opens the service provider up to being taken to court by the multi-nationals.

  8. Anybody not convinced about un democratic TTIP is should read the following

    TTIP: Top 5 Concerns and Criticism

    Why should TTIP be stopped in its tracks? Fears over corporations holding sovereign governments to ransom, over the dissolution of public health services, over the flooding of genetically enhanced meat into Europe, are all part of a long list being drawn up by those who want nothing more than the breakdown of TTIP negotiations. Critics also point to a major gap between the interests of the consumer and the interest of corporations as a result of the secret lobbying of Brussels.

    1) Investment Protection

    Arguably the most concerning aspect of TTIP for many critics is the so-called Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism which is likley to be built into the agreement. This mechanism gives companies the capacity to take legal action against states which they perceive are hindering potential profits. The Corporate Europe Observatory states that this mechanism will

    “Enable US companies investing in Europe to challenge EU governments directly at private international tribunals, whenever they find that changes in law in the area of public health, consumer, environmental or social protection interfere with their profits. EU companies investing abroad would have the same privilege in the US”.

    As a result of this measure, according to a report by the Seattle to Brussels Network (S2B), “it is possible that the simple threat of a costly legal dispute would be sufficient to prevent governments from enacting progressive legislation in the future: a serious drawback for any political system that wishes to appear democratic.”

    “The ISDS is a massive Trojan Horse,” says MEP Yannick Jadot, the Greens’ trade spokesperson in the European Parliament, “which can used by multinational corporations to whittle away EU standards and regulations across a range of policies”.

    2) Impact on National Life

    The concern is that these powers would jeopardize well entrenched national laws and regulations. Frances O’Grady of the UK’s Trade Union Congress (TUC) for example, is concerned that deregulation and corporate rights could mean the gradual privatization of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). “The clauses [of ISDS] could thwart attempts by a future government to bring our health service back towards public ownership”.

    In Germany there is a strong opposition to the potential influx of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in foodstuffs due to TTIP deregulation. Jonathan Benson of Natural News advises us that

    “Of primary concern is the EU, where regulators have been busy fighting off aggressive biotechnology interests that are hell-bent on forcing public acceptance of GMOs. Under TTIP, so-called “regulatory barriers” that leaked drafts have dubbed “unnecessary” would be lifted in order to take advantage of “the untapped potential of a truly transatlantic market place.” Among these alleged “barriers” are current EU restrictions on GMOs, which the European public has made very clear it does not want in its food supply.”

    According to the French minister of foreign trade, Nicole Bricq, France is “the country where the mobilization against what they call the ‘transatlantic treaty’, is the strongest”.

    There is a major concern over the future of local French cheese and milk producing areas, as well as the ‘adjustment costs’ on the major French industrial sectors of meat, sugar, bioethanol producers and transport.

    3) Transparency

    There is also a large degree of concern as to the nature of the TTIP deliberations. Many take issue with the fact that they are being negotiated privately in Brussels by the EU Commission, the executive body of the EU which is not subject to any public scrutiny.

    John Hilary from the War on Want organization contends that “everything is going through Brussels”, so there are “no democratic levers over TTIP”. As a consequence, as these secret meetings are held between business groups and the EU Commission, TTIP is being “driven by a corporate agenda”, producing a “pro-corporate mandate” at the expense of consumers and public life.

    “TTIP negotiations, and texts”, writes Linda Kaucher in the International Business Times, “remain secret until after the negotiations are completed even though this deal will directly affect almost a billion people and many more, indirectly, in third world countries.”

    Those who criticize this lack of transparency not only point to the likelihood that TTIP is driven by a “corporate agenda”, but also that it is in direct contradiction with democratic principles and public oversight. George Monbiot of the Guardian newspaper in the UK called it a “full-frontal assault on democracy”.

    “These companies (along with hundreds of others) are using the investor-state dispute rules embedded in trade treaties signed by the countries they are suing. The rules are enforced by panels which have none of the safeguards we expect in our own courts. The hearings are held in secret. The judges are corporate lawyers, many of whom work for companies of the kind whose cases they hear. Citizens and communities affected by their decisions have no legal standing. There is no right of appeal on the merits of the case. Yet they can overthrow the sovereignty of parliaments and the rulings of supreme courts.”

    4) Financial Regulation

    Closely tied to the aforementioned concerns, is the question of financial regulation. Critics point to TTIP as dragging the financial sector away from much needed regulation following the 2008 economic crash. The Dodd-Frank Act, brought into US law to enforce greater regulation in the financial sector is, as some argue, at risk of dilution if financial services are included in a trade agreement like TTIP.

    In report by the Allianz Centre for European Reform, the authors explain that critics fear that “a package deal could force concessions in regulatory standards at the expense of financial stability. Many in the US…fear that TTIP could lead to a rolling back of financial regulation agreed under the Dodd-Frank Act”.

    Moreover, the current gap between levels of financial regulation between the US and Europe is likely to bring about antagonism if this agreement were to go ahead. American “rules to enable trade data surveillance on the foreign affiliate trades of US [over-the-counter] dealer brokers have brought harsh criticism from foreign, particularly European, bankers and regulators”, warn the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, who are based in Washington DC.

    5) Adverse Economic Impact

    Finally, in contrast to the promises by the EU Commission that TTIP will create thousands of jobs, many in fact point to a high degree of uncertainty over job stability and economic growth in the EU and in the US.

    The S2B network refers to the net loss of 879,280 following the implementation of NAFTA and the “economic restructuring that may even lead to job losses” which may be caused by the implementation of TTIP. Indeed, the commission expects, in its impact assessment report, “an initial shock in the most affected sectors [and] is expected to lead to restructuring of the sectors concerned…”

    Economist Professor Clive George from the College of Europe in Bruges, who has studied Impact Assessments of trade negotiations, warns, “economic models, on which such estimates are based…have been described by some leading modelers as ‘highly speculative’ ”.

    The EU Commission’s report estimates an increase in GDP of little more than 0.1%, meaning an increase in the GDP growth rate of 0.01% for the ten-year period. Professor George maintains that these estimates are “trivial, and the [EU Commission] knows it”.

    There is also uncertainty in some circles as to the impact TTIP will have on third party countries, especially Low Income Countries (LIC). A report by CARIS, University of Sussex for the Department for International Development, examining the effects of TTIP on “Selected Developing Countries”, suggests

    “A transatlantic agreement carries potential threats in some sectors. The reciprocal removal of the [most favored nation] tariffs in transatlantic trade could entail LIC lose market share to the TTIP partners as a result of the fall in tariffs and other barriers”.

    It is, therefore, this uncertainty about the future of jobs and trade and investment flows that greatly concern some skeptics.


    What individuals and civil society are most concerned and most vocal about regarding TTIP are the rights that are likely to be afforded to corporations entering newly liberalized markets across the Atlantic. They fear a situation where large, powerful companies are able to coerce and manipulate sovereign governments into doing their bidding, ultimately undermining national laws on food safety, environment, health, etc. Proponents of TTIP must allay these fears or face a difficult task in implementing the agreement.

  9. Hi all
    Just a reminder that this weekend sees the start of

    From canvases to prints, silver to ceramics, you will find something to suit all tastes and budgets in SE5 this Christmas.

    Download your copy of the flyer from our website

    Everyday, we are showcasing the artists on Facebook and Twitter #CAFXMAS14 so you can get a sneak-peek of what is to come!

    • East Camberwell Open Studios: Thu 28th — Sun 30th Nov

    Gabriela Szulman has invited five other independent designer-makers to show their work on all three floors of her stylish Camberwell townhouse: Sarah Hamilton, Cecile Jeffrey, Archie Mac London and Monica Boxley. They will be selling a wonderful array of fashion, accessories and jewellery, kaleidoscopic cushions and colourful homewares, quirky prints and cards, original collages and recycled textiles that you won’t find on the high street.

    Opening hours: Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November, 11am-6pm

    Address: 11 Vestry Mews, Vestry Road, London SE5 8NS.

    Also opening their doors to the public on the first weekend are Vanguard Court Studios just off Peckham Road, where you can see work by Flux Studios, Robert Cooper, Carina Ciscato, Chris Keenan and Jennifer Levet among others – jewellery, silversmithing, ceramics, sculpture, designer hats and more.

    Opening hours: Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November, 11am-6pm

    Address: Vanguard Court is at the rear of 36–38 Peckham Road, SE5 8QT.

  10. There is a ‘Bring the Tube to Camberwell’ Rally this Saturday at 11.00 on the Green. Local bigwigs and good eggs will be there, including
    Harriet Harman, Jenny Agutter, reps from TFL, and Kings College Hospital. There’s free Camberwell tube t‑shirts (for the first 50) plus face-painting.

    Shaping up to be a fun Saturday in Camberwell

  11. Why does everyone want the tube?

    Have you seen what happened to Shoreditch, the area around the Cut and Great Suffolk Street (Southwark Tube), Bermondsey, etc once the tube arrived. Now either very sterile (like Clapham) or very much on the way there.

    All that will happen is that it will encourage social cleansing and make Camberwell a very dull place.

    People that live in Camberwell live here despite the lack of a tube station. If the tube station comes here, people will live here because it has station.

    Let Old Kent Road have it.

  12. Monkeycat, I agree with you.
    YOu are right.
    And I think Old Kent Road needs it more.
    I am a bit worried that I keep meeting (posh) people who tell me that Camberwell is going up, as though that is a good thing!

  13. Poshed out. I was talking about this today in the playground and I thought a chap said people were being “poshed out” but he actually said “pushed out”.

    TOMORROW also happens to be LYNDHURST WINTER FAIR 3–6pm on GROVE LANE towards the top. After a pint in the Cave, proceed up Grove Lane past Love Walk and it’s on the right.

    There will be MULLED WINE and mince pies, a SANTA’S GROTTO, festive food and a BARBECUE, craft stalls, a book stall, a bric-a-brac stall probably full of unidentified Ming or late Tang vases and a fanastic raffle called at 6pm by the headmaster — local restaurants and other business always give very generously to the raffle.

    Then it’s back down to the Hermits. Enjoy the rich, varied, vibrant life of Camberwell tomorrow before you’re POSHED OUT.

  14. T H I S
    W E E K E N D !

    Made In Camberwell: Arts Market
    Saturday 6th December 10–5pm
    Datchelor Place (Off Camberwell Church Street) SE5 7AP.

    Join us at Datchelor Place for Made In Camberwell: An arts market bursting with crafters, artists and makers from Camberwell and beyond.
    Set in a cosy cul-de-sac surrounded by cafes and eateries, we’ve made it easy to stock up on Christmas presents whilst keeping you toasty, well fed, and full of Christmas cheer.

    Pigeon Hole will have hit buttered rum…YUM!

    Stuck on what to buy? Why not a print of a Camberwell Institution from Tom Leighton’s 36 Reasons to Love Camberwell series.

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