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Camden Schools Art Biennale

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A celebration of artistic achievement by schools across the borough of Camden, hosted by Central Saint Martins.

London’s newest exhibition of young artists

Explore hundreds of artworks by Camden schoolchildren in this week-long exhibition, showcasing art developed by every school and every key stage of learning – from primary through to A-Level.

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Art from every school in Camden

Launching in summer 2024 as a pilot initiative by Camden Council, Central Saint Martins and Camden Learning, the Camden Schools Arts Biennale is set to become a key pillar of the borough’s cultural and educational calendar, running once every two years.

The core of the Biennale is a week-long exhibition in the Lethaby Gallery at CSM, celebrating artworks developed by every school and every key stage of learning in Camden – Primary Education, Special Education schools and Secondary through to A-Level.

Outreach and participatory opportunities include teacher training and artists engaging directly with schools in the development of work for the biennale, lifting standards and opportunities across the borough.

The Biennale aspires to become a sister-event to the much-loved Camden Schools’ Music Festival, which sees every music class in Camden perform over an evening at the Royal Albert Hall to an audience of 3,000 and live-streamed to 14,000 homes.

Objectives of the Biennale

Through working in partnership, we hope the Biennale project will:

  • Strengthen and inform the teaching of art in Camden schools and beyond. Specifically, working to enhance the prestige of art teaching and the arts curriculum.
  • Showcase Camden as a centre of arts in the UK and bring a wide and prestigious audience to students work within the borough. This is particularly during a period when art and design provision face a number of threats within the curriculum.
  • Open students’ eyes to the possibilities of a career in art, design and creative practice, through exposure to the creative community around CSM and the broader networks of creative practitioners and artists in the area.
  • Build links between schools, arts organisations and businesses.
  • Celebrate the diversity and creativity of all of Camden’s young people including those with SEND and those from underserved backgrounds.

Camden Schools Art Biennale is a partnership project brought to you by Camden Council, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and Camden Learning, with generous support from John Lyon’s Charity and King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership.

Contacts

Central Saint Martins
Sam Mitchell, Partnerships Manager: samuel.mitchell@csm.arts.ac.uk
Kate Keara Pelen, Project Lead: k.pelen@csm.arts.ac.uk

Camden Learning
Gwen Lee, Education Advisor: gwen.lee@chrishatton.camden.sch.uk

Camden Council
Philip McCorkell, Communications Manager: philip.mccorkell@camden.gov.uk

Visit

The exhibition will be open from 11-17 July, between 11am and 6pm.

The exhibition will be located in the The Lethaby and Window Galleries, 1 Granary Square, N1C, 4AA (around 5 minutes walk from King's Cross station).

Entry is free and open to all – no booking required.

Alongside the exhibition, take part in a free events programme with a range of activities developed with families, young people and teachers in mind, and open to all.

A young artist's guide to London

The Lethaby Gallery's student producers Akira, Léa, Jake, Jade and Hatty have put together a guide of top tips as well as favourite venues, events and spaces in London. Everything they would have wanted to know sooner, as young artists!

A young artist's guide to London [PDF, 10MB]

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