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.

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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


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.


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.


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.


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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7 thoughts on “Camberwell Arts Festival 11–19 June”

  1. I’ve just noticed the new white stone entrances to Camberwell Green. I do sometimes wonder if the people who design these live in the real world.

    White ? Soon to be a dirty grey and covered in graffiti. Worse thing is that they will become public toilets …and there are 3 of them.

    Still I suppose the developers will be happy.

  2. The Camberwell Arts festival has been ticking along nicely all week. My highlights so far have been Organoke (what’s not to like about 200 people singing Like a Virgin at the top of their voices in church!) and the life drawing of a choir outside Pigeon Hole on Wednesday which was lovely chilled out evening.

    Images of Organoke can be seen here:

    This weekend it’s the open studios and presently I am recovering from a rather enjoyable opening preview night in my studio. If you fancy seeing some amazing artists, come down and say hello to us at Coldharbour Studios and our sister studios nearby, Warrior, Clockwork, Artichoke Printworks, Empress Mews and lots more.

    Artichoke are doing a sale of prints apparently. I keep seeing people wander in having bought some!

  3. I’m not a massive fan of the South London Gallery, I find a lot of their work a bit too chin scratchy. However, there is a lecture and talk tomorrow evening by Tom Phillips who has been doing the same walk around Camberwell and Peckham for 20 years, taking pictures in the same location, at the same time, on the same day.

    Sounds like a great idea.

    Worth looking at if you are free at 6.30 tomorrow evening.‑2

  4. Tom Phillips is a Camberwell national treasure.

    The undergrad shows is worth a look, all of them are at the Art College, MA whatever. Illustration is, as usual, outstanding. The conceptual stuff is your usual, film, rubbish and “text”. Whenever the paintbrush mob touch text it all falls apart. They are not text experts. You have to be good to do that. Shocking everyone out of their bourgeois complacency with piles of soil, rubbish, etc. is easy.

    Or should I say hard? It’s hard to do conceptual art that is original and unclichéd. I don’t envy the students or the staff on that treadmill.

    The South London Gallery must be suffering from cuts — you get what you pay for in art, it’s a fierce and competitive market. There hasn’t been a good show there for a long time. The current South American stuff is very disappointing — you expect fireworks, but it’s just the usual diffident comment.

    Camberwell Arts Week was quite low-key, I thought. There’s usuall more of a buzz.

    Thus creeping austerity, coupled with a property market inflated by the sale of Central London to oiligarchs, gangsters and philistines with money coming out of their ears and other holes, continues to wear away the rough edges of Camberwell that make it unpredictable and interesting.

  5. Dog Kennel Hill Sainsbury’s had a strange atmosphere this morning. No-one could look each other in the eye.

  6. Shopping at Sainsbury’s is really nothing to be embarrassed about, Dagmar. Especially when we live so far from a Waitrose.

  7. Passed a Waitrose in Greenwich the other day but it maybe have been a façade erected to comfort lowly passers-by like myself.

    Buy a wheelbarrow, is my advice, James. You’ll need it to take your cash to the German Lidl now the pound has shrunk.


    Loved it. Was amazed next day to not wake up in a police cell. Took to the streets, literally:

    “Boris Farage, Nigel Gove! Your boys took a hell of a beating!”

    Still, overheated pimping of Camberwell will now slow down — green shoots of interest will begin to appear amongst the craft-beard shops and toilets turned into apartments.

    Saw Boris Farage’s farrago of a “VICTORY!” speech in the “Telegraph”. Bunged a crit of it on the “North London Review of Books” blog:

    “I read that Boris piece with jaw dropped to the floor of Tesco’s in Streatham while my daughters were ice skating.

    The ‘Telegraph’ had pulled out a slivet for the front cover. Its semi-English caught my eye. Boris’s English isn’t that good.

    ‘I believe that this climate of apprehension is understandable.’

    It makes you think that nothing is really understandable to this oaf. He talks in a machine-translated, ‘latinate’ way then bungs in Daily-Maily, kidditext words like ‘upside’.

    There’s a faffing-around, Prince-Charles element, too:

    ‘We must reach out, we must heal, we must build bridges…’

    ‘… a Britain rebooted, reset, renewed…’

    As he wrote that, England were putting on their boots to face Iceland. They showed a similarly shallow national character.”

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