Kensington & Chelsea Art Week 2020: What to Expect

Kcaw Barnaby Barford's This Earth of Majesty, This Seat of Mars

We’re counting down to the start of Kensington and Chelsea Art Week

By Eve Herbert

Eleven days of public art festivities are set to pinpoint the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea as an artistic and cultural hotspot. The third edition of Kensington and Chelsea Art Week (KCAW), taking place from 1 to 11 October, is set to be the most extensive one yet with its dynamic calendar of events.

Hosting a diverse programme of talks, highlights, installations, exhibits and more, KCAW will present over 150 participants, including emerging as well as world-class institutions and cultural practitioners, to celebrate the borough’s artistic richness. Participants include The Design Museum, The Great Exhibition Festival collaboration with arts and science, Leighton House Museum, V&A, Chelsea Theatre, Kensington Town Hall, The Royal Society of Sculptors, the Pavilion Hive, Chelsea Arts Club and Goldfinger Factory, with many more to be announced.

ToyStudio In bloom kcaw
ToyStudio In Bloom

Highlights of KCAW include an open call Public Art Trail with a new addition of Art In Windows project featuring local artists and creative studios activating store windows along King’s Road and High Street Kensington through a series of exhibitions and imaginative interventions. As the high street responds to the pandemic, the festival will offer works by local artists for display in participating stores to engage passers-by in a celebration of culture and creativity.

The popular Lates Gallery Trail will return to with a chance to visit some of the borough’s best loved local galleries on 2 October as part of boroughwide culture night. This year will also see the return of the acclaimed photography competition by artist Alison Jackson’s ‘A Day In Your Life’.

Artist Yinka Ilori
Artist Yinka Ilori

KCAW Founder and Director Vestalia Chilton said: “Despite enormous uncertainties we maintained a strong team and more than doubled our festival activity for 2020. Our single ambition during these difficult times was to support our local cultural organisations and to endorse the resilience and hard work of our creative community.”

The Royal Borough has a long history of artistic collaboration, creative discourse and urban counterculture. All activity during the week goes toward supporting the participating venues, galleries and artists

For the full programme and latest news visit kcaw.co.uk and @kcawlondon

Main image credit: Barnaby Barford, This Earth of Majesty, This Seat of Mars

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