Café Curio 2012 - Camden Art Centre

Central Saint Martins

Wednesday 18 April, 6.30 – 8.30pm
A selection of works presented by students at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, marking the culmination of their project at Camden Arts Centre with artist Kathy McCarthy.

Rachael Champion Open Studio

Wednesday 9 May, 7.00 – 8.30pm
Visit and talk with artist-in-residence Rachael Champion about her work and plans for the residency.

Book Launch

Wednesday 23 May, 7.00 – 8.30pm
Un diario tira l’altro / One diary leads to another, by Maria Morganti

Launch of Maria Morganti’s artist’s book, which includes texts by Simon Callery, David Carrier, James Elkins, Mel Gooding, Vincent Katz and Angela Vettese.

The event included short talks by Henry Meyric Hughes, Mel Gooding and Giacinto Di Pietrantonio.

Rachael Champion’s Landfill

Sunday 27 May, 2.00 – 5.00pm
Construction of Rachael Champion’s participatory sculpture in the Garden – the Camden Art Centre Landfill. Visit to the Artists’ Studio to find out more about Champion’s work and enjoy the Garden.

Rachael Champion and Graham Dorrington

Wednesday 13 June, 7.00 – 8.30pm
Graham Dorrington, aeronautical engineer and protagonist of Herzog’s White Diamond, joined Rachael Champion to mark the culmination of her residency with a discussion about art, science and how we use technology to both understand and exploit our understanding of the natural world.

The Lacey Rituals DVD Launch and Talk

Wednesday 18 July, 7.00 – 8.00pm
The Lacey Rituals: Films by Bruce Lacey (and friends)

Marking the launch of the BFI’s DVD of restored Bruce Lacey films, William Fowler, Curator of Artists’ Moving Image at BFI National Archive introduced some of the works on the DVD and led a discussion on the restoration of artists’ films with Kieron Webb, Film Conservation Manager, BFI National Archive and Doug Weir, Technical Assistant, BFI.

VARIETY - Stephen Crowe and Mel Brimfield with Dickie Beau

Wednesday 8 August, 7.00 – 9.00pm
In recognition of Bruce Lacey’s longstanding collaboration with The Alberts, VARIETY presented a celebration of the performed spoken word. This eclectic mix of the sublime and the raucous conjures the pioneering spirit of music hall and early broadcast entertainment.

Two performances featuring the artist’s voice transposed from the confessional to the stage:

Francis Bacon Opera by Stephen Crowe
A two man opera taking as it’s starting point the famous 1986 interview between Melvyn Bragg and Francis Bacon. Conducted over some hours, soaked with drink, their conversation became epic in it’s scope and notoriety. Composer Stephen Crowe as set the discussion to music for the stage – a modern opera from which he presents an excerpt for the VARIETY programme.

Artist’s Monologues by Mel Brimfield and Dickie Beau
Mel Brimfields’s performances and installations address the history of popular culture and evolution of art history, interweaving art works, metafictions and archival materials to create an alternate cultural narrative. For VARIETY Brimfield has collaborated with virtuoso cabaret performer Dickie Beau to present a series of imagined monologues from some of the giants of modern art.

All VARIETY events were broadcast live at

This event is part of Transmitter and supported by Bloomberg.

VARIETY - Tom Rees, Emma Bennett, Ruth Beale and Max Dovey

Wednesday 22 August, 7.00 – 9.00pm
In recognition of Bruce Lacey’s longstanding collaboration with The Alberts, VARIETY presented a celebration of the performed spoken word. This eclectic mix of the sublime and the raucous conjures the pioneering spirit of music hall and early broadcast entertainment.

Tom Rees: Green, but not like the green light
A performed monologue investigating the relationships between technology, memory, fact and narrative. Rees’ peformance will take the form of an illustrated lecture amidst a subtley shifting combination of narrative and image memory and fact.

Five Minutes On The Air: Emma Bennett, Ruth Beale & Max Dovey
It’s harder, wrote George Orwell in 1945, to capture five minutes on the air in which to broadcast a poem, than twelve hours in which to disseminate lying propaganda, tinned music, stale jokes and faked discussions. With his brief radio career behind him, former BBC staff member 9889 wrote Poetry & The Microphone, encouraging new artistic uses for a ‘much despised medium’ under government control. Drawing on material from his journalism, non-fiction and cultural commentary, three experimental new works from Emma Bennett, Ruth Beale and Max Dovey will consider Orwell’s vexed relationship with radio and it’s potential as a medium for art.

All VARIETY events will be broadcast live at

This event is part of Transmitter and supported by Bloomberg.

Simon Raven Open Studio: Fifty Pairs of Shades

Sunday 26 August 2012, 3.00 – 5.00pm
A chance to meet the 2012 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary artist, Simon Raven, to discuss his work and plans for the residency.

Curio: Gaby Wood - Inventing Robots

Wednesday 29 August, 7.00 – 8.00pm
Gaby Wood, journalist and author of Living Dolls, a history of robots, speaking dolls and intelligent machines, presented a short talk on our enduring relationship with automata and the inventors who build them.

This event is part of Transmitter, and supported by Bloomberg.

Phoebe Cummings Open Studio

Sunday 2 September, 3.00 – 4.00pm
Meeting with Ceramics Fellow Phoebe Cummings, to find out more about her work and her plans for the Fellowship.

This event is part of Transmitter, and supported by Bloomberg.

VARIETY - Joey Ryken’s Karaoke Codex

Wednesday 5 September, 7.00 – 9.00pm

In recognition of Bruce Lacey’s longstanding collaboration with The Alberts, VARIETY presented a celebration of the performed spoken word. This eclectic mix of the sublime and the raucous conjures the pioneering spirit of music hall and early broadcast entertainment.

In a  unique experiment VARIETY presented an evening of performance and Karaoke incorporating music, costumes and the theatre of the absurd. Amid performances and song, audiences were invited to select performances to present from the Codex performance book. Online performers were also be able to participate through live streaming at off site locations.

All VARIETY events were be broadcast live at

This event is part of Transmitter and supported by Bloomberg.

The Ship of Crips

Wednesday 12 September, 7.00 – 8.00pm
The Ship of Crips was be an offsite performance and video taking as it’s starting point the Renaissance pratice of rounding up the mentally ill to set adrift in boats. The book Ship of Fools, 1494 by Sebastian Brant and illustrated by Durer, is a classic literary satire which had images of castaways at its core. Inspired by this, and the Sex Pistols boat party for the Diamond Jubilee Floatilla, which was  timed for the release of God Save the Queen, the Ship of Crips was a collaborative work, staged and filmed aboard a boat on the Regents Canal in Camden.

Screening - Sir Henry at Rawlinson End

Wednesday 19 September, 7.00 – 9.00pm
Vivian Stanshall’s surreal and satirically exaggerated portrait of an English country family  features rituals, music and some extraordinary scenes of rural life.

Screening: Man of La Mancha

Wednesday 3 October, 6.30 – 9.00pm
Man of La Mancha (dir. Arthur Hiller, 1972)

A musical version of Don Quixote starring Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren. Selected by Eric Bainbridge to accompany his exhibition.

Simon Martin Panel Discussion: Persuasion

Wednesday 17 October, 7.00 – 8.30pm
A discussion around ambient persuasions in city life – urban regeneration, gentrification and sites of advertising, in connection with Simon Martin’s UR Feeling, examining in more detail themes from the exhibition of how cities are constructed around us and can become sites for conflict, manipulation and intervention. The presentations were followed by a discussion between the panelists, including Simon Martin.


Isobel Harbison
 – a London-based curator and writer. She contributes to magazines including Frieze, ArtReview, Modern Painters, Kaleidoscope and Tate Etc, and has recently written essays on the work of Simon Martin (Camden Arts Centre), Mick Peter (Collective Gallery, Edinburgh), Maria Loboda (Sternberg Press) and Inci Eviner (Galerie Nev, Istanbul). From 2008 – 2010 she was Exhibitions Organiser of Hayward Touring, organising the British Art Show 7. She recently curated entrance, entrance at Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin and will curate a solo exhibition with Ed Atkins there in early 2013. Harbison is currently AHRC doctoral research scholar in the Department of Art, Goldsmiths, London.

Anna Minton – invisible and subtle erosions of civil liberties in public spaces by privatisation and implications of modern security. Anna Minton is a writer and journalist. She spent a decade in journalism, including a stint as a corporate reporter on the Financial Times, and is the winner of five international journalism awards. Recently she has been focusing on longer projects for think tanks and policy organizations and is the author of the Joseph Roentree Foundation’s Viewpoint on fear and distrust.

Ben Campkin and Rebecca Ross The agency of images in urban change – an interdisciplinary research project which critically explores the role of images and image-production in processes of urban change. The research examines how images of cities e.g. plans, maps, renderings of projected future spaces and images in cities e.g. billboards, community murals influence urban change and perceptions of place. The project aims to encourage discussion amongst a wide range of urban citizens and practitioners about the roles that visual languages have in the production of the built environment, and the interactive relationships between images and cities.

Dr Ben Campkin is Director of the UCL Urban Laboratory and Senior Lecturer in Architectural History and Theory in the Bartlett School of Architecture. Ben is co-editor of Dirt: New Geographies of Cleanliness and Contamination (2007), an anthology exploring how beliefs about dirt have influenced the production of space. Ben has recently completed Capital dreams: projections of decline in the remaking of modern London (IB Tauris, spring 2013), an interdisciplinary cultural history of urban regeneration in London.

Dr Rebecca Ross is Senior Lecturer and Interaction Design Subject Leader on Graphic Communication Design at CSM. She recently completed a PhD in Architecture and Urbanism at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her principal research interests include urban studies, interaction design, graphic design, digital media, spatial data, place, civic imaginary, visual culture.

Malcolm Le Grice, Katrina Palmer, Emily Wardill

Wednesday 7 November, 7.00 – 8.00pm
A special screening of Malcolm Le Grice’s Castle One (1966), Emily Wardill’s The Diamond (2008) and a reading by Katrina Palmer organised to accompany Simon Martin’s UR Feeling.

Transmitter event

Anne Hardy Book Launch

Friday 9 November, 6.00 – 8.00pm
Including texts by J.G. Ballard, Raymond Carver, Bret Easton Ellis, Stanislaw Lem, Tom McCarthy, Haruki Murakami, Mike Ricketts English/German.

Edition of 800, designed by Åbäke

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Anne Hardy at the Secession, Vienna 21st September – 25th November 2012

Published by Secession
Supported by Outset in association with Le Meridien

Symposium: The First Four - art, disability and institutional support

Sunday 11 November, 2.00 – 6.00pm
To mark the second round of Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary residencies, this symposium asks how institutions can best support and nurture disabled artists. Is it better to offer targeted funding streams and programmes or should all art be judged on its own merits? The symposium included invited contributions from national policy makers, support organisations, curators and artists and a spectrum of opinions with a view to presenting a nuanced perspective of working models and opportunities as well as discussions and suggestions for strategic support of disabled artists in the following three years.

Speakers include:

Sue Williams (Senior Officer – Diversity (Disability). Arts Council UK)
Sue Williams is currently Senior Officer, Diversity (Disability) for Arts Council England. Based in the Head Office she is responsible for leading nationally on Arts Council England’s disability equality scheme and associated strategies. Originally trained as a painter Sue has worked in the arts for 19 years developing opportunities for disabled people to access and participate in the arts and has specifically concentrated on all aspects of training professional development and education. Prior to working at Arts Council England Sue has worked in a variety of organisations including working on a project exploring access to the Art and Design curriculum at University of the Arts London, and the provision of artist support at Art Link West Midlands. She continues to draw and paint and maintain a connection with arts practise.

Mat Jenner (Relationship Manager  for Visual Arts, London, Arts Council UK)
Marie-Anne McQuay (Curator, Spike Island)
Marie-Anne McQuay is Curator at Spike Island, an Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary partner, where she is responsible for exhibitions, residencies and events and has an advisory role in Spike Associates. Previously Marie-Anne worked at FACT (Foundation for Art & Creative Technology), Liverpool, developing collaborative context based commissions with artists that include Kristin Lucas, Stephen Willats, Superflex and Dias & Riedweg before undertaking a Masters in Curating at Goldsmiths College. She maintains an independent practice as a writer and is a visiting lecturer on a number of Fine Art and Curating courses including the University of the West of England and Kingston University.

Tony Heaton (Chief Executive, Shape Arts)
Prior to Shape, from 1997-2007, Tony was Director of Holton Lee, a 350 acre campus with short stay residential facilities for disabled people. During this time he led the commissioning and development of the award-winning Faith House Gallery and the Stables Studios. Initiator of the NDACA (the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive), Tony is also a sculptor and has a long involvement within the disability arts movement, first exhibiting in ‘Out of Ourselves’ in 1990, with fellow disabled sculptor Adam Reynolds. More recent sculpture, Squareinthecircle? is sited outside of the school of architecture at Portsmouth University. Tony’s links with Shape go back to 1989 when working as an artist, and then as Chair of North West Shape involved in the transition of the organisation into Full Circle Arts.

Aaron Williamson (Artist)
Aaron Williamson is an artist is inspired by the experience of becoming deaf and by a politicised yet humorous sensibility towards disability. Williamson’s practise is to devise unique artworks that are created on-site immediately prior to their public presentation. These consider the situations he encounters and represents, in part, his response to them. A constant theme is to challenge and subvert the romantic valorisation of social ‘outsiderness’ and thus portray himself in performances and videos in the guise of sham-shamans, pretend-primitives, hoax-hermits, fake feral children, charlatan saints and dubious monsters. Williamson was a recipent of the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary in 2010.

Noëmi Lakmaier (Artist)
Noëmi Lakmaier’s work explores notions of the ‘Other’ ranging from the physical to the philosophical, the personal to the political. Lakmaier’s work aims to emphasise and exaggerate the relationship between object, individual and space. She is interested in the presence of the viewer as voyeur and how this presence can act as the catalyst that galvanises an event and creates a tension and a divide between ‘Them’ – the passive observer – and the ‘Other’ – the objects of their gaze. Lakmaier was awarded the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary in 2008.

Simon Raven (Artist)
Simon Raven is a performance artist, film maker and sculptor. A graduate of Ruskin School of Fine Art, Oxford and the Royal College of Art, London. Raven has exhibited at Nottingham Castle, University College London, Reading Experimental Film Festival and Chester’s Up the Wall Festival. He is the 2012 recipient of the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary and Artist in Residence at Camden Arts Centre.

Sally Booth (Artist)
Booth’s practice is concerned with expressing the celebratory in the everyday. Her work ranges from a contemporary approach to traditional still life, to travel sketchbooks and drawings on till-rolls. Being visually impaired has been a significant factor in the development of her art practice and professional career. Booth’s practice continues to be primarily as a painter, but she also works increasingly using photography, printmaking and film. While passionate about painting, she has also become interested in the possibilities of combining this much loved painting tradition with digital technology and has begun to incorporate writing into her work having developed an interest in artistic applications of audio-description.

Caroline Cardus (Artist)
Cardus is a visual artist, speaker and writer.  Since 1999, she has worked collaboratively with art organisations, local authorities and creative agencies across the UK, as well as pursuing individual art and writing projects.  She works in installation, print, photography and collage. Her text-based work explores the direction and the journey disabled people are on, often using phrases taken from everyday life and writ large in order to uncover layers of meaning. Caroline is also the Chair of the Board at Disability Arts Online.

Sheryll Catto (Action Space)

Michelle Kurth (Artist, Co-Director, Action Space)

Grey Vass (Education Programmer, Camden Arts Centre)

Sheryll Catto and Michelle Kurth will be joined by Greygory Vass to present a case study around the collaborative project Difference and Repetition. Through the collaboration, five learning disabled artists from Action Space’s Camden Studio produced new work at both venues, culminating in a public exhibition at Camden Arts Centre. The presentation will outline how the artists’ practices developed in different directions as a result of new input and experiences and what the two organisations gained from working together.

This event was produced in partnership with Shape Arts and was broadcast live at

The Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary
The annual bursary, set up in memory of sculptor Adam Reynolds to support disabled artists working in visual art, is organised by Shape in collaboration with host galleries and institutions. The bursary, one of the most significant commissioning opportunities for disabled artists in the UK, offers an opportunity to engage in a three month residency at a high profile gallery. A bursary of £5000 is available to UK based disabled visual artists  was set-up to provide time, space and support for artists to develop their creative practice without the pressure to deliver a particular outcome.

Previous Winners

2011 Winner – Caroline Cardus
2010 Winner – Aaron Williamson
2009 Winner – Sally Booth
2008 Winner – Noëmi Lakmaier


– Disabled parking is available but limited to 2 spaces (to allow enough room for unloading etc.) Local parking is available on Sunday but is not immediately outside the Centre.
– BSL interpretation is provided
– Seating arrangement is flexible to the needs of the audience
– A hearing loop facility is available

Simon Martin and Martino Gamper

Wednesday 14 November, 7.00 – 8.00pm
Simon Martin introduced a special screening of his films, Louis Ghost Chair (2011) and Carlton (2006) followed by an informal discussion with designer Martino Gamper.

Ayo & Oni Oshodi’s Zine Launch

Wednesday 5 December, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Launch of the inaugural edition of the zine SLAIN BY THE CRUEL BLADE OF POSTMODERNITY with artists and writers Ayo & Oni Oshodi. In keeping with their enigmatic appearances and utterances, the new publication is a typically sly, playful and cryptic assembly of autobiographical references and appropriated material. Music set by the collective They Are Here.

Ayo & Oni Oshodi have performed or staged works at mac Birmingham, Forest Fringe (Edinburgh Festival), Battersea Arts Centre, VIVID and were part of Chisenhale Gallery’s Live Art Residency program in 2009-10.

Screening: Cléo from 5 to 7

Wednesday 19 December, 7.00 – 9.00pm
Cléo from 5 to 7 (Agnès Varda, 1962)

Filmed in real time, Cléo from 5 to 7 follows a woman through the streets of Paris as she awaits the results of crucial tests from her doctor. Selected by exhibiting artist Emma Hart.