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Project information

Community Education at Camden Arts Centre

Art education is a driving force of our programme. The Centre provides a welcoming environment where audiences can enjoy and experience art through artist led out of school workshops and courses, family days, activity guides and through ongoing projects with schools and community groups.

January 2012 - December 2012

Charity information: Camden Arts Centre

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  • Need


    “The arts have the potential to transform lives and communities and to promote social inclusion neighbourhood renewal and cultural citizenship”

    Sir Christopher Frayling

    Camden Arts Centre plays a vital role as the visual arts hub for North London. Our education programme aims to make the arts and culture more accessible to a range of local residents.

    This year our community work will focus on disadvantaged and harder to reach communities who do not currently participate in the arts.


    By supporting increased participation in the arts we aim to enrich lives, providing access to artists and their ideas, promoting critical thinking about the world in which we live, supporting continuing and lifelong education, encouraging families to work together and civic participation throughout Camden.

    We will work collaboratively with a range of local partners to create equality of opportunity and to promote social cohesion.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Working with diverse audiences we will increase participation in the visual arts.


    » We will continue our collaborative work with a range of grassroots organisations, to create equality of opportunity within the visual arts.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...more people experience and are inspired by the arts.

    During 2012, we aim for at least 70,000 people to take part in our activities on site.

  • Impact


    By supporting increased participation in the arts we aim to enrich lives, providing access to artists and their ideas, promoting critical thinking about the world in which we live.

    Through our work to reach a range of audiences, including marginalised and harder to reach communities, and by providing clear paths for all to access our programme of activities and events, we aim to encourage civic participation and social cohesion throughout North London.


    Camden Arts Centre has a strong track record working with diverse commmunities in Camden. Over the past 20 years we have collected feedback from our audiences and evaluated our community projects. This evaluation informs our strategies.

    We have worked with Audiences London to carry out research in order to understand and address issues and barriers to attendance by families. Our Education programmes aim to break down these barriers and make Camden Arts Centre fully accessible to all.


    Donors will receive regular written updates on our all our activities, as well as receiving invites to preview events, talks and tours, family days, workshops and screenings.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Get The Message programme Workshops for local young people with special education needs
      £20,000 Insights programme Skills training and career advice for young people
      £20,000 Family Days Tours for families to learn about the current exhibition
      £20,000 Garden development Creation of a nature trail for families and schools in our garden
      £20,000 Make and Do Sunday activities for families in response to the current exhibition
  • Background


    Education activities at Camden Arts Centre are fully accessible, and draw inspiration from our programme of exhibitions and our garden. Positioned in the borough of Camden, we aim to integrate the borough's diverse communities.


    Our education activity involves all our audiences, however we are keen to reach the following key audience groups.

    - Harder to reach communities
    - Disadvantaged young people
    - People living with disabilities
    - Local visitors from NW3/NW6
    - Families from Camden

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Camden Arts Centre has established a far-reaching reputation as a place where the artist takes centre stage and where making art is as important as displaying it. With its distinctive combination of galleries, studios and workshop spaces and its historic connotations, the Centre is infused with an atmosphere of creativity, learning and discovery.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jenni Lomax

    Director Jenni Lomax, OBE will have overall responsibility for delivering the project. Jenni has been Director of Camden Arts Centre since 1990.