Constructed as the Hampstead Central Library, the Grade II listed building became the home of Camden Arts Centre in 1965. Initially, Camden providing the local community with arts and crafts classes, but these days you're likely to encounter a survey exhibition of an internationally renowned artist, while still being able to appreciate emerging talent through the residencies and artists' projects. The likes of Gordon Matta-Clark, Doris Salcedo, Bas Jan Ader, Eva Hesse, Christopher Wool, Chantal Akerman, Nathalie Djurberg, Haroon Mirza, William Hunt and Runa Islam have all shown work here in one form or another. At the helm is Jenni Lomax OBE, who over the last 25 years has created a roster of thought provoking shows as well as bring the building into the twenty-first century with a refurbishment by Tony Fretton Architects in 2004. Camden also boasts a great bookshop, a lovely garden and an ace café.
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|Opening hours:||Tue, Thu-Sun 10am-6pm; Wed 10am-9pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Finchley Road/Hampstead|
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The fact that it is open until 9pm is a realy plus for people who work normal day hours or students at uni/college all day. It means we can actually get somewhere in the week and see contemporary art at a great venue.