Top 10 Galleries

Top 10 things to do in Camden: Independent Galleries

By Karl England


Camden is home to some of the most high profile galleries in London, but beyond the usual suspects lie some real gems. Located at a critical distance from the beaten track are the non-profit institutions, artist and curator-led galleries and groundbreaking projects that are the life force of the creative industries. The galleries selected below share a commitment in artistic vision, as well as an impact on the borough and the wider community. Be ready for the most radical, curious and undermining in art, as it lives today in Camden.


1. RAUMX Gallery – In 2013, German artist and photographer Martina Geccelli set up RAUMX Gallery within the walls of her own, first floor studio in Kentish Town. As such, RAUMX is an intimate space, perfect for hosting small shows – mostly painting, sometimes photography. Operating distinctively below the radar, RAUMX delivers a consistently strong programme.

Ian Kane "Complete"

(c) Ian Kane "Complete" at RAUMX, 2016


2. Millimetre Projects – Even more intimate, and also studio based, is Millimetre Projects. This is a project space built within a single picture frame. Engaging successfully with the challenges DYI art often poses, Millimetre Art curates group exhibitions from a surprising location: a wall in the Project Space of Kingsgate workshops, up by Kilburn Grange Park.

Anna Barriball, Melanie Counsell, Kate Fahey "Out-Growth"

(c) Anna Barriball, Melanie Counsell, Kate Fahey "Out-Growth" at Millimetre Projects, 2016


2. The David Roberts Foundation - The David Roberts Foundation (or DRAF for short) is a curatorial platform in Mornington Crescent that commissions work, stages exhibitions and performances and has a strong programme of educational events. On October 6th, 2016, DRAF will stage its annual Evening of Performance, featuring artists Mary Hurrell, Goshka Macuga, Roman Ondak, Amalia Ulman and Mark Wallinger.

DRAF Streams of warm impermanence

(c) David Roberts Art Foundation "Streams of Warm Impermanence" 2016


4. Arts Catalyst – Jeremy Corbyn has placed the re-commissioning of the UK’s nuclear deterrent firmly in the public arena. Opening on October 2nd, Arts Catalyst will be staging an important exhibition, focussing on the nuclear anthropocene and exploring the “complexity of knowledge and the deep time of radiation”. The exhibition brings together twenty-five international artists, all investigating nuclear aesthetics through various forms of interaction with nuclear sites.

Art Catalyst Front

(c) Alec Steadman


5. Le Dame Gallery – If quirky is what you seek, check out Le Dame Gallery! Often half the fun of visiting art galleries is hunting them down: Le Dame is hidden away in what feels like a marble palace, but is in fact the Meliá White House Hotel. Built in 1936, the hotel mainly holds luxury apartments. As you access the gallery through the hotel, escorted by the concierge, you can’t help but feel a touch of glamour is transported to the art works. Don’t go scruffy!

Franco Nonnis Exodus

(c) Franco Nonnis "Exodus" at Le Dame Gallery, 2016 


6. DomoBaal – Galleries situated in domestic spaces are often a practical response to a financial imperative. DomoBaal is not one of these. Rather, it stages immaculate solo exhibitions by young Clerkenwell artists. Go for the art, stay for the beautiful Regency townhouse the gallery is situated in.

Lothar Goetz Domobaal

(c) Lothar Goetz "The Line of Beauty" at Domobaal, 2012


7. The Horse Hospital – Housed in horse stables dating from 1797, the Horse Hospital has been running since 1993. The venue caters to the arts in the broadest sense, yet always with a focus on the underground and avant-garde. Their 2016 programme is based on “Collective Intention: Affirmative visions from communes, collectives and cults.” Check out their site for associated events.

The Horse Hospital Front

(c) The Horse Hospital


8. Passen-gers Gallery – Defining itself as more an exhibition series than a rigid gallery space, Passen-gers is an exploration and an initiation for artists to respond to the utopian dream that is the Brunswick Centre. With rotating shows, the series is an investigation into the architectural landscape and the real and imaginative forces it conjures.

Mark Siebert – Our Apocalypse

(c) Mark Siebert "Our Apocalypse" at Passen-gers Gallery 2016


9. Dalla Rosa Gallery – Finally, Dalla Rosa does a nice job at promoting young and mid-career international artists that work primarily with paper. Formerly based in Clerkenwell, they are relocating and looking to re-launch in Kentish Town in October 2016.

Jesse Brennan Paperbag

(c) Jessie Brennan "Paper Bag" at dalla rosa Gallery 2016


10. Honourable mentions go to the Wellcome Collection and the Camden Arts Centre, which stages ambitious solo exhibitions of bright young things. /

Anya Gallaccio Camden Arts Centre

(c) Anya Gallaccio at Camden Arts Centre 2008


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