July 27 - 29, 2018
On the last weekend of July 2018, Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend celebrated its first edition.
Connecting over 60 galleries, creative spaces, museums and cultural institutions, the weekend facilitated public engagement in the local culture, introducing audiences to its rich history as a leading creative hub. Celebrating tradition whilst also firmly focused on the future, the Art Weekend’s diverse programme included gallery and museum exhibitions and specifically-curated events, public talks, blue plaque tours, public art installations and food pop-ups, all taking place throughout the weekend.
From exclusive behind-the-scene tours of the Royal Albert Hall and the Design Museum to a diverse lecture series hosted by After Nyne Magazine at Saatchi Gallery and other participating venues, from public art installation by legendary photographer Terry O’Neill in Sloane Square to emerging talent in ‘Not Another Degree Show’ group exhibition and party held in South Kensington, from the performance of a murder mystery at the central library to a cult film screening at the iconic Electric Cinema, the Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend invites audiences to experience Kensington and Chelsea as never before.
The full programme was announced on 25th June 2018 on Artsy as well as designated newsletters and social media channels.
A leading platform for collecting and discovering art, Artsy has joined the project as a partner. Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection – including in its reach the cultural projects such as the Venice Biennale, The Armory Show and Basel. With an online audience of 45 million visits to date and 2.5 million visits per month, the project stands to reach a global audience of more than 190 plus countries.
The Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend map was distributed across the borough at participating venues. The specially designed Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend Map was created by artist and Chelsea Arts Club member, Anne Smith.