Camden Alive’s borough-wide summer programme announced

Camden Alive’s borough-wide summer programme announced

Following the exciting official launch of the Camden Alive project we are pleased to announce the borough-wide programme of activity.

This summer, Camden Alive will bring people, artists and cultural organisations together to share ideas, tell their stories and create something new. These ideas, artworks and stories will be presented through the Camden People’s Museum - a virtual museum accessible to everyone through the internet - which will launch in 2020. The artworks will also be presented through a new augmented reality app, animating the streets of Camden with sounds and images.

Residents across the borough can get involved gathering stories alongside digital:works. Trained resident volunteers will work with digital:works to interview people from their neighbourhood in June and July. Camden Alive are looking for residents who would like to share their story and be interviewed on film for the Camden People’s Museum.


“This summer will be an exciting time for the residents of Camden as they work side by side with artists to bring to life their stories and the stories of their neighbourhood. I cannot wait to see and hear what they produce.

“These stories will form the narrative of what makes Camden such a diverse and unique borough, to be shared with everybody who visits, giving them a personal look into the people who make Camden such an amazing place.”
Councillor Jonathan Simpson, Cabinet Member for Promoting Culture and Communities

Mark Hall, a Camden resident and member of the Neighbourhub Project said: “In my community, I see people who want to come together to make positive change through arts, music and fashion. Camden Alive gives people the opportunity to be creative and a chance to come together to build on the strengths in our community to make a positive change.”

Camden Alive are also teaming up with Swiss Cottage Gallery’s Camden Open, where themes of working together, sharing ideas and collaborating will be explored.

Camden based artists are invited to collaborate with each other to create new works that celebrate ideas, experiences and personal stories. Collaboration can involve a wide array of forms, approaches and results, and submissions from visual artists, wordsmiths and performers are all welcomed.

Running from 8 July-31 August 2019 at Swiss Cottage Gallery the Camden Alive Open 2019 will be selected via an open submission process and work must be inspired by the theme Collaboration.

What’s happening and where?

Alexandra & Ainsworth

Residents of Alexandra & Ainsworth will create a new musical composition with composer, musician and DJ, Peter Adjaye, aka AJ Kwame, during sound-based workshops and creative sessions.

Bourne and Holborn

Artists Kelvin Birk & Katrin Spranger will work with an intergenerational group of Bourne and Holborn residents to collaborate on two medium scale, sculptural pieces as well as smaller, individual jewellery pieces with each participant.


Artists David Blandy and Larry Achiampong will work closely with Brunswick residents to make new moving image work that will weave together personal narratives, memory and the monumental architecture of the space.


Work has already begun with resident Community Organisers and community arts organisation The Winch to develop activities across all blocks at Chalcots. In July, residents will be able to join Camden Alive in developing creative ideas together.

Lismore Circus

Artist Scottee will be working with Lismore Circus residents to make a new artwork called ‘A Response’. Through creative practice residents will be able to respond to their experiences living in NW5.

Maiden Lane

Maiden Lane spoken-word artists Boss B and Brownsilla, working in collaboration with photographic artist Steffi Klenz, have been artists in residence at the Camden Archives. They have used the archive as a source of inspiration to make an album of words, sounds and images exploring their thoughts, experiences and stories. The sounds and images of the album will then be developed with residents of Maiden Lane through video, storytelling and photography.


Artist Richard William Wheater will be working with young people at The Avalon Motorcycle project in Churchway, Euston to produce new neon sculptures that express their ideas, thoughts and identity.


City Mine(d), a non-profit arts, civil society and urban development organisation will be working with artists Ben Perrott and Magda Fabianczyk and residents of Ossulston to develop ideas around urban design and social space to increase social time and celebration.

Regent’s Park

Hip-hop theatre artists Beats & Elements will work with Regent’s Park residents to bring together a production company to present a new work inspired by themes from their work High Rise eStates of Mind.

West End Sidings

UK’s premiere center for contemporary dance, The Place, will work alongside West End Sidings residents to produce a new choreographed dance piece showcasing the stories, experiences and expressions of a diverse group of residents and their spaces.

St Silas and Southfleet

Working with St Silas & Southfleet residents and the Thanet community centre, London-based fashion designers will develop a new range of bespoke garments.

Camden AliveShape Arts and Unlimited have commissioned artist Raquel Meseguer to explore challenges facing Camden residents with chronic fatigue illnesses through her project A Crash Course in Cloudspotting.

Camden’s Cultural Education partnership Camden SPARK will be enabling children to work with augmented reality to create new stories and illustrations.

Camden Alive would love to hear from you! If you would like to join in with activities in your neighbourhood, or if you have any questions, email

Find out how to join in here: and @CamdenAlive

Camden Alive is part of the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture and is a Cultural Impact Award winner.

London Borough of Culture is a Mayor of London initiative with support from the City of London Corporation’s Charity, City Trust Bridge and Airbnb.