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.

2016 MIC

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


2016 MERCHANDISE

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.


2016 ORGANOKE SOCIAL SQ

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.


IMG_00442016 THE CAMBERWELL OPEN

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.


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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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Camberwell Arts Festival, 20th Anniversary

It’s 5 days until kick off…

… No, not the England game, but London’s finest Camberwell Arts Festival, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary.

From the 14th June, Camberwell will once again become the urban gallery as artists take their work out of the studio and on to the fair streets of SE5, exhibiting in unusual locations, from bus-stops to billboards, cafes to car parks and pubs to parks. 20 public installations have been commissioned with help from Arts Council England, as well as a bigger better Lucky Dip arts competition.

The Literary Kitchen Festival

This year there is even more performing arts, spoken word and live music then ever before: The wonderful Literary Kitchen Festival will take residency at the Peckham Pelican, championing new and emerging talent and acting as a hub to generate writing practices and a sense of community for writers.

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St Giles Church will host two evenings of live music, one of which will feature the inimitable Ida Barr hosting The Pop-Up Choir’s 5th birthday on Saturday 14th June with music from Fleetwood Mac, Daft Punk and J-Lo all washed down with a fully licensed bar. You’d be fools to miss it. (£6 on the door)

The festival also includes an exclusive Edinburgh preview by Nitroglicerina at The Bear along with a wealth of Fringe events which will include workshops by Camberwell UAL, public art installations throughout SE5 and an Open Studio weekend (21/22nd) showcasing the diversity of the local artistic community who hail from studios: Clockwork, Coldharbour, Empress Mews, Warrior, Vanguard as well as artists based at their own homes.

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The festival opens this Saturday (14th June) with the ‘Made in Camberwell’ Art Market on Camberwell Green (10–5pm) bringing together some of the best hand crafted products by local artists, designers and creators of ceramics, fine art, photographic prints, textiles, bags and more.

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And how do you celebrate a 20th anniversary? With China of course! Camberwell Arts is very proud to have collaborated with local design hero’s, Mini Moderns to release a range of already sought after commemorative mugs, which are on pre-order at Etsy and can be collected from the Arts Market.Don’t be a Mug: They are sure to become collectors items! Purchase a set of these Camberwell Beauties and 100% of the profit is invested back into the festival.

On Sunday 22rd June, once you’ve complete the Open Studio trail, kick back with an afternoon of Comedy in the Sun with an impressive lineup of comedic talent, followed by a trip to see Chutney8 and their annual encampment on Camberwell Green where we celebrate the end of this 20th arts festival with a carnival of the weird and wonderful.

Full programme details are now available at www.camberwellarts.org.uk/festival-2014 and a beautiful printed brochure is available throughout Camberwell. We suggest you grab a copy, and a highlighter pen and start planning how much you can squeeze in!

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Camberwell Arts Festival 2010

I’m nursing a strong coffee and a small hangover after last night’s Camberwell Arts Festival opening party, hosted by Moona in St Giles Crypt, and contemplating what the rest of the week has in store.  The theme of this year’s Festival is to put art in some unexpected places, and get people to explore different parts of the area.  So there’s film screenings on a rooftop, (Well)water-inspired installations in various eateries, trails to follow around and about Church Street, and — we hope — three new permanent artworks to — eventually — be unveiled.

The events I’m personally looking forward to this week are:

The Myatt’s Field Park Tea Dance, taking place today (Sunday 20th), courtesy of Home Live Art.

Also today,  Daniel Lehan’s ‘Your Art Here Too’ on the Green, which follows on from last year’s successful event that drew many passers-by to have a go at creating some art and exhibiting it on the railings.

The Green becomes Speaker’s Corner on Monday evening, and, this being Camberwell Green, who knows how that will pan out…

The mysterious promise of ‘An Introduction to the Art of the Funerary Violin’ on Tuesday will, I expect, maintain the feeling that we’re entering the unknown where anything could happen.

Summertime Sounds in Grove Chapel should bring a sense of calm and civility back to proceedings on Wednesday.

Just in time for the Camberwell Beauty (see what they’ve done there?!) Fashion Day, hosted by the SE5 Forum, on Thursday.

We’ll get back to Midsummer Madness on Thursday night, though, as Creative Routes do what they do best in their Muses Cafe in the Crypt.

And the unpredictability continues on Friday with some story-telling and much more from the Honourable Society of Faster Craftswomen.

All of which brings us to next weekend, featuring a pop-up travel agency on the Green and the now traditional mayhem of The Chutney Preserves Fair on Sunday.

Phew!  I’m going to be busy.  And besides all that I have to fit in a visit to the Camberwell School of Arts end of year show, get a gander at the expanded and refurbished South London Gallery opening on Saturday 26th, and have a quick nosy in the various artist studios open this weekend and next.

There’s lot’s to see and do folks — so get out there and have a look.  The Camberwell Arts Festival is run on a small grant from Southwark Council, put together by our impressively serene and cheery Director, Kelly O’Reilly, and relies on the goodwill and enthusiasm of lots of artists.  It’s no mean feat, and it’s something Camberwell should be proud of.  Make the most of it!

Full info about all events can be found here: www.camberwellarts.org.uk