Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend

Westway Information Ctre, Kensington & Chelsea Citizens Advice, London, London, London, United Kingdom

Friday, June 28, 2019 - 10:30 to Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 16:30
Connecting Seven Zones Kensington + Chelsea Art Weekend proudly celebrates its 2nd year with a stunning programme of events and experiences that will inspire residents and visitors alike
Following a standout inaugural launch in 2018, the annual art weekend returns to West London this summer from 28th to 30th June. KCAW19 unveils the unexpected, highlights local spirit, and showcases an extraordinary cross-section of art and culture across the borough.
Aligned with an emerging new art season in West London, KCAW19 coincides with some of the world-class events that define our city: Masterpiece London in Chelsea, Mayfair Art Weekend, London Art Week, and now, the brand-new Great Exhibition Road Festival in South Kensington.
This year, KCAW19 involves an even wider range of public art commissions, community-led collaborations between artists and institutions, themed activities, talks, curated walking tours and an Art Bus that will once again stop at key locations throughout the borough.
With a focus on public art, 2019 is all about thought-provoking public art interruptions echoing the Age of Enlightenment and the expansion of the walking tours programme encompassing food, music, theatre and history - all aimed at creating opportunities to explore this part of London, discovery and experiences the borough like never before. 
Cllr Gerard Hargreaves, Kensington and Chelsea lead member for communities and culture said: 
“Our borough is right at the heart of the UK’s arts and culture scene, and we are blessed with great creativity and talent. That’s why I am so thrilled to see Kensington + Chelsea Art Weekend returning for another year following their successful launch last year, and we will continue to support it. Whether visitors find themselves amongst the bustle of Notting Hill or the grandeur of South Kensington’s museums, I hope all who come and celebrate our rich culture and heritage will have a fantastic time.”
  • The second instalment is twice the size of 2018, now spanning seven zones in the borough. 
  • The festival’s new visual identity, inspired by London’s punk background, has been praised far and wide, including a feature in Creative Review 
  • For the first time, KCAW is connecting artists and local businesses by offering them the chance to showcase their work in shop windows. 
  • New creative partnerships for 2019 include: The Great Exhibition Road Festival, Museum of Architecture, London Festival of Architecture 
  • Bespoke walking tours led by Walk Eat Talk Eat where visitors can get off the beaten track, discover small businesses and learn about fascinating local spots. 
  • BAFTA award-winning photographer Alison Jackson will be showcasing ‘A Day in Your Life’ community-minded photography competition for young, aspiring photographers in the Kensington and Chelsea area.
  • The Live-Coding Music Party supported by RBKC will mark the launch of the weekend where new media artists and musicians produce a spectacular performance of algorithm-generated music and visuals, inviting the public to dance along and learn to code. 
  • There’s plenty more on offer for architecture lovers including bespoke tours of Walmer’s Yard with architect Peter Salter, visitors can learn the curious story behind the new Design Museum building, the ‘Blue Plaques’ tour with English Heritage, and Albertopolis Tours organised by The Great Exhibition Road Festival giving an insight to the birth of South Kensington cultural quarter
  • In Chelsea, The Fabric is hosting Heroines Exhibition and Photo Trail with Royal Photographic Society, Fashion as a Walking Artform lecture and discussion at Chelsea Library
  • Public Art is generously supported by Cadogan, with delivery and installation provided by Momentous Fine Art.
  • Emphasis is on supporting independent artist studios, smaller or less established institutions, which form the very fabric of local community. artnet, a global online platform for arts with an audience of 31 million users worldwide, will be providing global visibility to every venue taking part, absolutely free of charge.
Once again, West London’s Unsung Heroes will be interviewed about their life and work, alongside those of artists and celebrities. Simultaneously, the Kensington + Chelsea Art Weekend podcast series will shine a light on all that is great about the borough. 
Covering KCAW’s cultural zones for two days, the hop on/ hop off Art Bus generously organised by the West London Galleries Association in partnership with Portobello Radio, will stop at various locations and exhibiting venues, for a ride peppered with fun, informative facts by Piers Thomson, founder of Portobello Radio.
A rich, varied and exciting programme across 100+ venues includes private tours of artist studios and visits to secret locations, cooking workshops, life drawing classes supported by Cass Art, walking tours and behind-the-scene access to some of London’s most iconic buildings, Friday Lates Gallery trails. 
The full programme will be released in May 2019.
  • Naming the Horizon installation by artist Tom Dale and architect Lily Jencks in Sloane Square. Made from found objects, the installation celebrates the Enlightenment Era and Sir Hans Sloane, whose vast collection of curiosities provided the foundation for the British Museum, British Library and Natural History Museum. Inspired by his legacy and belief in ‘universal knowledge’ the artwork looks at Sloane’s era of enlightenment - a period that broke boundaries through exploration - and compares it to our present which aspires to be boundary-less. Accessible for all ages and open for the whole month of June. 
  • Mountaineer Prototype mobile sculpture by artist James Capper, presented by KCAW at The Great Exhibition Road Festival. Known for his large-scale mobile sculptures, Capper will demonstrate his ‘walk-machine’ alongside a group of local artists and scientists, on the Saturday and Sunday of the fair. 
  • Silent Howlers by British sculptor Laura Ford. Bittersweet and playful, the three bronze sculptures will add otherworldliness to Holland Park’s Napoleon Garden and Duke of York Square. 
  • Love Kensington + Chelsea Street Art will launch a third mural, joining the 2018 and April 2019 instalments, presented at The Museum of Brands. Created by RCA students, the winning design will be chosen by the public. 


Kensington + Chelsea Art Weekend is an annual celebration of arts and culture in West London. Staged in the summer, the Festival’s vision is to celebrate and promote West London as a cultural hotspot, to celebrate its artistic legacy and abundant creative future. KCAW shines a spotlight on the area's unexpected and unique cultural variety across a multitude of studios, museums, galleries, exhibition spaces and businesses, attracting local and international audiences to hundreds of events and installations throughout the borough. 
Developed with community consultation, KCAW highly successful inaugural edition in July 2018 presented street art displays, public art installations, a late-night art trail and a free Art Bus connecting the far corners of the borough – as well as 70 public events and workshops. Over 60 public institutions, private galleries and local business took part, including Design Museum, Leighton House Museum, V&A, Electric Cinema, Kensington Central Library and Chelsea Physic Garden, Serena Morton Gallery, the Bhavan, Mosaic Rooms, Chelsea Arts Club, and Goldfinger Factory. 


The full programme will be published in late May online:
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