Gather Round - Autumn Open Day - Camden Art Centre

Gather Round, is a new seasonal open day at Camden Art Centre to celebrate and try different creative activities taking place in our centre

Join us for a day full of interactive activities for adults, children and families including ceramics, drawing, activities in our garden and art-making taking place across the Centre with a free lunch provided by our café.

We’ll be joined by artists working across different strands of our programme for a day-long celebration of making and to mark the beginning of our new exhibitions by Forrest Bess and Dani & Sheilah ReStack.

Everyone welcome, come along to meet, make and eat together.

Schedule About the Artists Additional Information


Ceramics with Ewelina Bartowska
Drop-in between 11am-1pm and 3-5pm in our Ceramics Studio.
Try your hand at working with clay to make and decorate tiles

The Gardening Drawing Club with Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck
Sessions starting at 11am, 2pm and 4pm in our Garden
Reconnect with nature with an introduction to planting and drawing outside in the garden

Lunch with Bar Bicicletta
Between 12-2pm in our Café

Family Takeover with Lily Ash Sakula
Drop in between 2-5pm in our Drawing Studio
Creative and fun making activities for children and adults

Explore Camden Art Centre with Nqatyiswa Mendu
Happening 11am-1pm and 2-5pm across the Centre
Interactive activities exploring how we experience Camden Art Centre and its potential futures

About the Artists

Ewelina Bartowska is working on our Community Curriculum with Rochester Square, collaborating with families who are part of The Mockingbird Programme. Ewelina Bartowska is a ceramic sculptress and clay activist exploring the transformative power of raw materials. Her practice embraces sustainable processes; she has become an alternative kiln builder as a way to link place and community. She believes in the transformative power of raw materials and the benefits of time spent on making together. Currently she is
developing a series of vessels made with recycled clay and decorated with a glaze from the Thames. Ewelina has worked with Rochester Square, Mud Gang Pottery, Hampstead School of Art, CSM and Tate Exchange. Instagram: @ewe_space

Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck is our Garden artist in residence for 2022/23 collaborating with local schools. Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck (b.1990, Strasbourg, France) is a painter, transdisciplinary artist, and cultural practitioner artist based in rural Oxfordshir. Her practice composed of painting, drawing, installation, sculpture, film, photography and writing often conceals ecological messages, rendered in soft and delicate methods. In several of the artist’s projects, interaction with the environment and others plays a central role. Solo exhibitions include Dreaming of Tomorrow at Nidi Gallery in Tokyo. Books on her practice have been published by InOtherWords Imprint, Chose Commune and Jane & Jeremy. In 2014, Johanna founded the positive and collaborative cultural project Poetic Pastel. In 2018, the artist cofounded the publication series Journal du Thé – Contemporary Tea Culture. In 2021 she founded The Gardening Drawing Club. Instagram: @johannatagada

Lily Ash Sakula is leading our Family Takeover for autumn/winter 2022. Lily Ash Sakula is a trans non-binary artist, animator and educator living in Deptford, London. They make collaborative animated films that seek to link different generations and communities, creating spaces in which they take their lead from
participants’ ideas and processes. They want to create imaginative space for a world without borders, without prisons, without gender. Lily runs participatory projects in schools, museums, galleries
and theatres working with a wide range of ages and backgrounds. Recent partners have included: Meet me at the Albany, Camden Arts Centre, House of Illustration, Watts Gallery, Alexandra Palace, Create, Carers Lewisham, John Chilton School, Galop, Queer Youth Art Collective, Project Indigo and Ministry of Stories.
Lily is interested in capturing joy and freedom through movement, creating magical spaces in which social norms can be broken, and seek through their work to be an active practitioner of radical hope. Instagram: @lashesofsakula

Nqatyiswa Mendu was part of our Transformative Future’s Youth Collective through 2021-22. Nqatyiswa Mendu also known as Nikki is an artist whose practice and interests lie in storytelling, participatory workshop facilitation and writing. She is motivated by the importance of conversation and dialogue as a tool for social change. Currently, she enjoys exploring institutions, power, and the agency we all experience in such spaces. Instagram: @n_mendu_

Additional Information

Everyone welcome: adults, children and families (children must
be accompanied by an adult)

Drop in anytime between 11am-5pm, book free via eventbrite to
guarantee a space.

Food is limited and will be operated on a first come, first serve
basis. Our café will also be open for other purchases, Lunch
provided with be vegetarian/vegan and gluten free.