Camberwell College of Arts redevelopment

The South London college which gave us Florence Welsh, Syd Barrett and Howard Hodgkin has undergone a massive £69m redevelopment.

Camberwell College of Arts (CCA), part of the University of the Arts London group (UAL), will unveil its refurbished campus on Monday with a talk from Grayson Perry, workshops and tours of the school from 6pm. The redevelopment is part of a wider UAL regeneration investment of £440m in London, including Chelsea College of Arts’ move to Pimlico and the proposed new London College of Communication site at Elephant and Castle.

Amanda Jenkins, CCA associate dean, said: “The college is in an area that is becoming increasingly known for its creativity, home to many galleries including its neighbour the South London Gallery, and surrounded by a large number of wider redevelopments in Peckham and Camberwell.

“CCA is positioned at the heart of the arts offer for both students and the public. It’s an opportunity to consolidate its place in a genuine London community, with a real heritage of creativity.”

The redevelopment refurbished much of the 1970s building and created a new 60,000 sq ft extension.

Together they house an enhanced library, a large lecture theatre and creative studios offering first-class facilities for students and staff spanning ceramics, illustration, graphic design, painting, photography and sculpture.

The existing site has been further expanded to offer 264 rooms for student accommodation in a dedicated new building, making it the only art/design London based college with an on-site campus.

Nigel Carrington, UAL vice-chancellor, said: “UAL is proud to invest in Peckham and Camberwell through the major redevelopment of our college.

“We want to play our part in the area’s growing reputation as a destination for the creative industries, built on its rich heritage in the arts and creative education.”

UAL is one of Europe’s largest specialist art and design universities, standing sixth in the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings 2017. This investment in the arts comes as Southwark missed out on the Mayor’s London borough of culture award despite being the bookies favourite to scoop the £135m grant.

CCA also increased its public offer at the college with a new 1,300 sq ft gallery space located at the main entrance, in Peckham Road.

The upcoming exhibition Faisal Abdu’Allah: Facets of a Community will show tapestries by the acclaimed British artist, whose work has been shown at Tate Britain, The National Portrait Gallery and Chisenhale Gallery.

The tapestries were produced in collaboration with South Londoners living close to the college.

The exhibition runs from Tuesday until April 14.
For more information visit www.arts.ac.uk/camberwell

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