HOW IT STARTED
A WORLD OF CULTURE IN WEST LONDON
Kensington + Chelsea Art Weekend (KCAW) is staged annually in the summer. The festival’s vision is to reaffirm West London as a cultural hotspot, to celebrate its artistic legacy, its abundant creative future and to connect the borough through art.
Developed with community consultation, 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.
In its first year 60+ venues took part with 100+ events taking place over 3 days, in its second year Kensington + Chelsea Art Weekend doubled participation and delivered a rich and varied programme of cultural activities across 120+ venues. Our agenda for 2019 was focused on becoming better, bigger, more diverse with greater street presence. This was delivered with new and renewed partnerships: Exhibition Road Cultural Group, Royal Photographic Society, Cass Art, Cadogan, White City Place + Stanhope, Royal College of Art, Museum of Brands, The Rhythm Studios.
World-class semi-permanent and pop-up public art are installed year round. This includes Street Art selected by PUBLIC VOTE and created by artists and designers from Royal College of Art; Pop up and semi-permanent fine art on Sloane Square, Holland Park, White City Place, Exhibition Road and north Kensington. In 2019 this was expanded to 5 sculptural installations by artists Richard Woods, Laura Ford, James Capper, Tor Ewin, Sean Steed and Amanda Parer Studio.
The KCAW printed guide was introduced in 2019 to provide a comprehensive overview of the activity happening during the art weekend across 9 zones. It includes editorial on the headline projects, full listings of all venues and participant activities, and maps to help visitors navigate and discover the borough