Writing Table remodeled one of the interior furnishings that Swiss Cottage Library’s original architect, Basil Spence, designed for the library in 1964. Nine newly created versions of Basil Spence writing tables were dispersed throughout the library, to be used as tables by the public for the duration of the exhibition.
The pieces seen in this exhibition – the props, posters and words handwritten on signs – were remakes of the original stages, props and costumes from radical theatre performed in Camden after 1968. Audience members were invited to explore these reconstructions in the same spirit of celebration and curiosity as in which they were originally made.
Artist filmmaker Nicola Lane’s mother Diana was born in Cyprus on 15th August 1914, the month and year WWI was declared. On July 17th 2014, a 1934 photograph of Diana’s 20th birthday lunch party was re-enacted in Swiss Cottage Gallery. Through the relic of the photograph and its re-enactment, audiences and participants could explore the enduring vigour of human contact and the power of relics and archives within history and living memory.
London based Irish artist Patrick Hough works with moving image, photography and installations, examining how history is constructed and represented in the present. His most recent body of work uses an archive of historical film props to explore how the cinematic image is indelibly embedded in our perception of history. For this exhibition the artist presented several moving image works including a new film and installation.
Artist Albert Potrony worked in collaboration with members of Abeona Housing Co-operative and volunteers from the local community on a yearlong project researching Camden’s squatting, short life and housing co-operative movement of the 70’s and 80’s.
Tall Tales was a national tour of 17 international women visual artists who playfully use storytelling techniques in the making of their work.
As part of Camden Council’s annual arts programme, Camden Sentido, three Brazilian artists were invited by PIVÔ, an art gallery in São Paulo, to take part in an inaugural international exchange project. Swiss Cottage Gallery plays host to these international artists while PIVÔ hosted Frieze Art Fair (based in Camden every October) during this year’s São Paulo Biennale, all as part of Camden Sentido’s wider programme.