Camden Arts Centre is a place for world-class contemporary art exhibitions and education. With artists at the core of the programme, Camden Arts Centre strives to involve members of the public in the ideas and processes of today's artists, and the artists who inspire them.
Our Education programme remains at the core of our aim to make art inclusive and accessible. We offer a varied programme of projects, courses and workshops through which people of all ages and experiences can engage in the arts. Working closely with contemporary artists and unravelling their processes, we offer multiple entry points to our programme by developing creative responses and ideas, experimenting with materials, and through critical thinking and debate.
Our programme is varied and our focus for the next 3 years is around our Schools, Youth and Family audiences.
Camden Arts Centre’s schools programme has artists and process at its heart. Offering practical, experimental and fun entry points to the exhibitions, our offer includes a range of resources and activities for educators and school groups including tours, artist-led workshops, and self-led visits.
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As part of our partnership work with schools we offer the opportunity to work with us across 2 academic years on two fully funded projects. Our partners are selected down to their school profile and need in relation to our aims for the projects. Currently these projects are:
Get the Message is a long running collaborative project between Camden Arts Centre, young people with learning disabilities, teachers and artists. The project aims to challenge perceptions through collaborative activities which champion all forms of communication and self-expression. Through encounters with contemporary art practice both in galleries and working with artists, Get the Message offers innovative approaches to working with young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
This year we are working with Swiss Cottage School (Camden), Mapledown School (Barnet) and Woodfield School (Brent). Each school visits CAC twice a term across a whole academic year, using the exhibitions and their experiences at Camden Arts Centre as a starting point towards creating artwork. The year culminates in an exhibition of students' work and a series of events in July 2017. Find out more >
Ideas for Experiments is a cross-curricular arts project led in partnership with local primary schools based in the Camden borough. The project examines the physical world by testing the properties and possibilities of materials, whilst using our exhibition programme as a catalyst for generating discussion around process, ideas and art.
Working in close dialogue with teachers the project enables meaningful engagement with the curriculum and individual progression. We provide an inclusive setting for pupils with language and learning needs, with a focus on collaboration, working as a team and practical hands-on making.
Each primary school is paired with an artist and regular sessions take place in the school classrooms and at Camden Arts Centre throughout a full academic year. This year artists Judith Brocklehurst and Kate Squires are working with pupils at Edith Neville Primary School and Rhyl Primary School. Find out more >
Our Youth Collective, for young people aged 15 – 25 years, meets regularly to create, discuss, experience and encounter the visual arts, offering opportunities to be involved behind the scenes at Camden Arts Centre to further career development, skills and knowledge. Young people involved have the opportunity to gain Arts Award Gold, meet artists, shadow staff, programme events for young audiences and develop their own art practice.
We meet Saturdays at Camden Arts Centre, 2.30 – 5.00pm and there is no need to book. Young People can come to as many sessions they are able to. Please signpost any students you feel would be interested and benefit to us. Find out more >
We are also able to come into schools and talk to groups about our Youth Programme. Please do get in touch if you would like us to do this.