As Winter sets in, it’s time for Camberwell to do what it does best: arts and crafts. Plenty of events happening throughout December, and plenty of opportunities to buy locally-made Christmas presents. If you have news of any more events, leave a comment below or talk to @camberwellblog on Twitter, and I’ll update this list.
2nd-3rd and 9th-10th December: the big ticket event, Camberwell Arts Open Studios. “This season we have over 100 artists opening their doors to the public, from East Dulwich to Burgess Park and from Peckham, through Camberwell to Loughborough Junction.” Participants include Arebyte Studios, Art in the Park, Clockwork Studios, Coldharbour Studios, and many independents. “Studios east of Denmark Hill will be opening the weekend of 2–3 December and those west of Denmark Hill 9–10 December.”
Both weekends will also have guided studio walking tours—tickets are £5.71 (very precise) on Sunday 3rd and Sunday 10th—and the Made in Camberwell Arts Market at The Tiger; “We are offering different traders selling original gifts on each Saturday. From quirky to elegant, luxurious to essential, upcycled and reworked to dazzlingly new. We have everything to delight all the senses – taste, touch, sight, scent and sound.” For full details of the Open Studios, tours, or Arts Market, pick up a copy of the brochure around town, or download the brochure as a PDF.
30th November to 3rd December: Christmas Open Studios at Vanguard Court, SE5 8QT. “Bags, Ceramics, Furniture, Jewellery, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Silverware, Textiles. Meet the artists and explore their workspace.” Vanguard are part of the Open Studios event above, but also keeping their doors open a little longer.
5th December: All’s Well, a talk by Camberwell artists and local mental health charity CoolTan Arts “will explore the idea of “All’s Well”, which runs throughout Camberwell’s culture and history.” Tickets are free but you’ll need to register.
9th and 10th December: Pexmas Festive Market in Warwick Gardens, SE15 5AQ (technically outside of Camberwell, but it’s so close I’ll allow it). “Mulled Wine. Stalls. Street Food. Tunes.” Last year’s event was great, look forward to seeing it again.
16th December: The good news is that Organoke is back. “Forget ‘Little Donkey’ and come sing your heart out to Karaoke Christmas Classics with one of London’s oldest church organs turned up to 11, before rounding off the night with an afterparty in the Crypt.” The bad news is that tickets are already sold out. You can join their mailing list to be notified of any returns.
17th December: Christmas Celebration at Myatt’s Fields Park. “We’ll have a Christmas market from 2–5pm, children’s workshop to make your own christingle from 4–5pm, mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies and from 5pm carols by candlelight around the bandstand, led by Southwark Concert Band.” Facebook event page.
Get Funding for Your Own Business Event
Following the success of this year’s Camberwell Fair, they are able to support three local businesses to host their own event between January and May 2018. The event could be a performance, workshop, talk, a launch of a new product, an exhibition… whatever will promote your business locally. The Camberwell Fair team will be able to support the business in a number of ways, including:
- £200 to spend on any aspect of the event
- Marketing support
- Event management guidance
- Advice on local partnerships