What happens when artists and medics mix? Camberwell, home to a world-renowned art school and three major medical institutions – including the UK’s first purpose-built hospital for mental health – is the place to find out.
This year’s Camberwell Arts Festival due to take place 16-24 June explores the theme of All’s Well – the motto adopted by the Metropolitan Borough of Camberwell when they were granted the right to a coat of arms in 1901.
For nine days, Camberwell is set to become a crucible of artistic and scientific experimentation as arts and health practitioners collaborate to explore the unique mix of the area. Part science lab, part art studio All’s Well will offer a varied programme of exhibitions, events, talks, walks, workshops and open studios inviting you to take the Camberwell Arts Cure.
The varied programme includes easeful exhibitions, soothing shows and well-being workshops where you can sing aah with the House of Praise Gospel Singers, join the Strange Women Society of South London to ferment kimchi or untangle your weekly woes with Knit and Nibble.
Check out new art by recovering addicts and check-in emotional baggage at The Embodiment Cloakroom. From an art health and beauty spa to autism-friendly arts, a doggy dress up parade to African drumming, you can get your daily dose of art at this year’s Camberwell Arts Festival.
Now in its 24th year, the Camberwell Arts Festival has grown out of and celebrates the vibrant artistic communities of Camberwell. It is developed as a partnership between local artists, residents and community groups and is co-ordinated by Camberwell Arts, a registered charity that aims to promote the arts in Camberwell and Camberwell through the arts.