Change Afoot At Camden Arts Centre

BY Katrina Kufer / May 9 2017 / 15:06 PM

One of London’s leading contemporary art venues will see Martin Clarke succeed long-term director Jenni Lomax as new head

Change Afoot At Camden Arts Centre
Photography by David Grandorge
David Grandorge. Camden Arts Centre, London 2004. The glass screen mediates both separation and connection between the café and garden and the busy Finchley Road. Published in Tony Fretton Architects: Buildings and Their Territories (Birkhäuser, 2013).

On 4 May, it was announced that Martin Clark, formerly director of Bergan Kunsthall in Norway, will succeed Jenni Lomax as director of Camden Arts Centre as of September. Lomax led the institution for 27 years before announcing in late 2016 that she would be stepping down.

“Lomax leaves an extraordinary legacy, not just in terms of the quality and reputation of the exhibition programme, but also her work transforming the way we think about education, audiences, and supporting art and artists at every level,” Clark said in a statement. “I’m very excited to build on those values and that vision, which feels more vital and relevant than ever.”

Under Lomax’s guidance, Camden Arts Centre, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, put artists at the centre through exhibitions that focused on emerging talent, historically significant figures or artists particularly relevant to current topics of debate, including Marlene Dumas, Yinka Shonibare and Kara Walker. Committed to community, the centre also hosts residencies, projects and courses. Clark’s “approach to working with artists and to education is perfectly in tune with the ethos of Camden Arts Centre,” Lomax said in a statement, indicating that she has left the institution in good hands.

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