This weekend: Camberwell Arts Open Studios

It’s the second instalment of Camberwell Arts Open Studios this weekend!

Camberwell’s artists, makers and creators will once again open their doors to art lovers, collectors and gift seekers where everything you can image will be on show:  jewellery, paintings, textiles, fashion, photography, ceramics, homewear, accessories and more.

Visit seven fantastic studios bursting with creatives:  Coldharbour Studios, Clockwork Studios, Remakery, Whirled Cinema, Warrior Studios, Artichoke Printmaking and Empress Mews, plus Richard Watkins and Nicholas Vaughan exhibiting in their own spaces.

Most studios will be hosting private views tonight (Fri 9th Dec 18:00–21:00) and will be open all weekend (Sat 10th & Sun 11th Dec 11:00–18:00).

Pick up a brochure from shops and businesses throughout SE5 (while stocks last) or download a PDF.

Want to delve deeper? Visit each of the artists’ websites directly from our open studios page.

We will also be hosting guided walks around Camberwell on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December at 11am from the Junction Bar on Coldharbour Lane.

We hope to see you there!

A new weekly market starts Sunday

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From this Sunday, 4th September, Camberwell will have a new weekly market. It will happen from 10am to 4pm in the new market area on the Green, and focus on street food, arts and crafts (presumably to not compete with the Saturday farmer’s market).

Can’t find full details of the opening week’s line-up, but confirmed food stalls are: Rainbo (Asian salads and gyoza dumplings); Return of the Mac (macaroni cheese); Kaki Lima (Indonesian street food); and Pomodoro e Basilico (vegan Italian). Some of these were at Camberwell Fair last weekend, so if you enjoyed the food there, there’s no reason you shouldn’t here.

For the launch of the market there’ll be a specially-made beer called Saint Giles — no word on who it was made by, or how many will be available, but I’m keen to try it out.

In an interview with the South London Press, market organiser Will Herman said:

What we’re trying to do is establish a new haven for foodies and art lovers south of the river, showcasing the best of what is local.

And while the word ‘foodies’ might make me grind my teeth, it will be nice to have a new option in the area. I only wish there was some way we could combine the two weekend markets to have something a little bigger with perhaps an increased chance of success for both.

This weekend: Get ready for Camberwell Arts Winter Open Studios.

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Working on Camberwell Arts is like painting the Severn Bridge: The work is never over!

No sooner has the summer festival been put to bed, then planning for Winter Open Studios took over.

Open Studios is nothing new, however this is the third collaborative event coordinated by Camberwell Arts on behalf of studios of Camberwell, and this winter it is bigger than ever, with over 120 artists, makers and creators across 11 locations simultaneously throwing open their doors to art-lovers and gift-seekers.

With hand crafted jewellery, textiles, fashion, ceramics, homewares, accessories, as well as a wealth of visual art from the internationally renowned to the up and coming creatives of Camberwell, there has never been a better reason to visit and shop local this Christmas for something truly unique and support the creative arts.

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Download the PDF brochure from our website

The event kicks off Friday 27th Nov 6–9pm with private views at:

And then will continue 11–6pm on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th, with all studios open*

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Follow our social media feeds for introductions to everyone taking part:

We also delighted to have a classic Italian coffee machine mounted on a vintage Russian motorcycle driving around the studios on Saturday and Sunday keeping all artists and art loving public fresh hot beverages. We shall get them to tweet their locations so keep your eyes peeled on Twitter: @Sidecar_coffee

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If you have any ideas of how we can make the event even bigger and better, or if you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact me: camberwellartsfestival@​gmail.​com

Cheers, and see you there!
Jordana Leighton, Camberwell Arts.

CAMBERWELL ARTS: PROMOTING THE ARTS IN CAMBERWELL AND CAMBERWELL THROUGH THE ARTS — REGISTERED CHARITY NUMBER: 1138225

*Please note there will be a mini pop up at Clockwork Studios, however their main event is the 11–13 Dec.

National Record Store Day this Sat at Rat Records Camberwell

Tomorrow, Saturday 18 April 2015, is National Record Store Day and our own Camberwell record shop: Rat Records on Camberwell New Road will be marking the day with records and DJs- see flyer below (taken from the Rat Records Facebook page)

Rat Records is always worth visiting for a browse: Camberwell is very lucky to have this shop when so many, it seems, have been forced out of business across London.

. Rat Records National Record Store Day flyer

Camberwell Co-Op reopening 27 March 2015

A leaflet drops through my door telling me that the Co-Op food shop at 28 — 32 Denmark Hill is set to reopen this Friday, 27 March 2015, after a refurbishment.

The shop, formerly Somerfield, and before that Kwik Save, closed around two weeks ago and I feared that we had lost it. I hope that the refurb will be along the lines of the Camberwell New Road Co-Op with a bright and airy feeling.

On the subject of Camberwell retail does anyone know what plans there are for the Peacocks site (ex-99p, ex-Woolworths) on Denmark Hill? I havent seen any signs up advertising it for rent and there doesnt seem to be any activity on the site. There was a planning application made last April to redevelop the site to provide 42 student accommodation rooms over three floors but it is unclear from the Southwark site at what stage the application is at.

With a Premier Inn being built on Coldharbour Lane in Brixton maybe there is scope for a hotel? Camberwell is on Travelodge’s list of target locations and it would be good to have a larger more mass market hotel in the area. We shall see — anything but another betting shop!