Courses 2017 - Camden Art Centre

Browse over the history of courses held at Camden Art Centre in 2017.

Camden Art Centre has a history of facilitating courses made for all ages throughout each year, here you can see the courses we ran in 2017.

Art Theory: The Transformative Power of Listening

11 – 25 February 2017

Following David Toop’s talk looking at themes of transformation, alien entities and alternative futures in the work of Joachim Koester, Toop expands on these ideas, leading this art theory course based around ideas of spontaneity, occult knowledge, the unconscious and their role in the development of a listening practice.

This three week course will expand on the following themes:

1. An emergent listening practice in stream-of-consciousness-writing, spiritualism, psychoanalysis and improvisation.

2. Intensive listening to silent media. Instruments of darkness.

3. Sound as a vehicle for transformation and entrancement in shamanism, ritual and mimicry.


David Toop is a composer/musician, author and curator based in London, working in many fields of sound art and music since the late 1960s. He has recorded Yanomami shamanism in Amazonas, appeared on Top of the Pops with the Flying Lizards, exhibited sound installations in Tokyo, Beijing and London’s National Gallery, worked with artists ranging from John Zorn, Evan Parker, Bob Cobbing and Ivor Cutler to Akio Suzuki, Camille Norment and Max Eastley. He has published six books, translated into ten languages: Rap Attack, Ocean of Sound, Exotica, Haunted Weather, Sinister Resonance and Into the Maelstrom. Since his first album, released on Brian Eno’s Obscure label in 1975, he has recorded twelve solo albums, including Screen Ceremonies, Black Chamber, Sound Body and Entities Inertias Faint Beings, and many collaborations. Exhibitions he has curated include Sonic Boom at the Hayward Gallery, Playing John Cage at Arnolfini, Bristol, and Blow Up at Flat-Time House. His opera – Star-shaped Biscuit – was performed as an Aldeburgh Faster Than Sound project in 2012 and his collaborative work –  Who will go mad with me – was performed with Alasdair Roberts, Sylvia Hallett and Luke Fowler at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2013. Professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation at London College of Communication, he is also the co-creator of Sculpture events with artist Rie Nakajima. His next book, an autobiography entitled Flutter Echo, will be published in Japan in April 2017.

Art Theory: Knowing Our Place: From the Inside-Out

25 – 26 March 2017

Simone Kenyon will introduce and guide practical elements of her artistic and Feldenkrais practice over the course of two days.

Through practical sessions exploring embodiment and facilitated discussion, this course will examine themes relating to how we perceive and sense our physicality and how this extends into the spaces and places we inhabit.

The workshop will offer:

  • An introduction to the Feldenkrais Method®. Each day will begin and end with a Feldenkrais class which will consider our relationship with our bodies, focusing on the notion of the inside and the edges.


  • Awareness Through Movement lessons and a spaciousness to discover individual proprioception (the overall sense of body position, muscle sense and strength of movement).


  • Time to reflect on collective relationships and abilities to relate to our surroundings.


This course is suitable for adults of all ages and abilities.


This course runs in conjunction with Simone Kenyon’s talk on 25 March, 3.00 – 4.00pm. A complimentary ticket to this talk is included as part of the course fee.


The Feldenkrais Method® is an educational method focusing on learning and movement, which can bring about improved movement and enhanced functioning. It is open to all ages and abilities. Lessons take place lying on the floor, or sometimes sitting and standing. In the group sessions the facilitator leads you along movement journeys that work like a physical riddle, engaging the whole body and emphasising ease not effort.

Simone Kenyon is a UK based artist, dance maker and Feldenkrais practitioner. She creates work encompassing dance and somatic practices, walking arts, participatory events and workshops for both urban and rural contexts. Her solo work explores walking as a choreographic practice, sensory experiences in relation to our environments and ecological perspectives. She has a wide breadth of knowledge and skills informing how she creates work for and with specific places and people. She is often invited to work with other performance makers and works on collaborative projects including her 9-year collaboration with dance artists Neil Callaghan. Recent works have been presented at Fierce Festival, Birmingham, The Hayward Gallery and Sadlers Wells, London and has toured internationally in China. She is currently a Phd Candidate at the University of Leeds and her research continues to explore the embodied experiences and writing of Nan Shepherd in her book, The Living Mountain to investigate and map experiential understandings of place and making site-based performance for mountainous environments.

Art Theory: From Omega to Troy Town - An Introduction to 20th and 21st Century Ceramic Practice

Over this three week course, Dr Julian Stair will chart the development of British studio ceramics from the beginning of the 20th Century to current practice. Through this series of lectures, discussions and accompanied readings, participants will be introduced to key events, ideas and artists that have shaped ceramic practices.

Week 1 will examine how ceramic practice emerged out of early English Modernist ideas through to the Dartington Craft Conference of 1952 and the apogee of Bernard Leach’s ruralist craft vision.

Week 2 will look at the impact of Picasso on a post-war generation of ceramicists and successive challenges from Post-Modern ideas of the vessel to Aaron Angel’s ‘radical and psychedelic experience’ at Troy Town pottery.

Week 3 focuses on Julian Stair’s research; he will talk through the ideas that have informed his ceramic practice over the last 35 years, addressing topics from domesticity to death.

Julian Stair will give a talk with artists Eva Masterman and Jackson Sprague on Wednesday 1 November. A complimentary ticket to this talk is included when booking onto the art theory course.

Julian Stair will lead this course. Julian is one of the UK’s leading potters. He studied at Camberwell School of Art and the RCA. He has exhibited internationally since 1982 and has work in 30 public collections. Julian is a leading historian of English studio ceramics. He completed a PhD at the RCA researching the critical origins of English studio pottery and has written extensively on the subject. Publications include The Body Politic: The Role of the Body in Contemporary Craft, Crafts Council, 2000 and Contemporary Clay and Museum Culture, Co-editor with C. Brown & C. Twomey, Routledge, 2016.