WEST LONDON'S ART WEEKEND RETURNS THIS SUMMER WITH A PUNK
PALETTE + PUBLIC ART ECHOING THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT
Connecting Eight 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 throughout 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 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, to discover and experience the borough like never before.
As the festival’s Director Vestalia Chilton puts it, this year is all about ‘unveiling the unexpected and highlighting the extraordinary local spirit unique to the area’.
Here we have put together some highlights
+ Public Art: Richard Woods, James Capper, Laura Ford, Amanda Perer + murals by RCA students
There will be a special focus this year on public art as well as gallery and museum exhibitions. Thought-provoking installations and murals by Royal College of Art artists will be strategically placed in various locations to interact with the public in unique and unusual ways.
Amanda Perer ‘Lost’ in Sloane Square will open the weekend on 27 June with press and key guests opening reception. Displayed on Sloane Square from 28 June to 4 July.
Lost reflects upon Hans Sloane's fascination with the natural world, as well as Chelsea’s unique horticultural heritage and character – home to the ‘Apothecary’s Garden’ in the 17th century (now the Chelsea Physic Garden), in the 18th century Chelsea’s market gardens fed London, during the 19th century the area was a hub of botanical gardens and plant nurseries, and since the early 20th century Chelsea has been center of the horticultural world for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.”
James Capper’s Mountaineer Prototype. on Exhibition Road, South Kensington
As part of the Kensington + Chelsea Art Weekend Public Art Trail and in collaboration with the Great Exhibition Road Festival, James Capper’s remote-controlled metal sculpture is a mammoth insect-like creature, part of the artist’s Earth Marking series of kinetic-sculpture works, where industrial machines, engineering, science and art are employed to create progressive-near-futuristic like performances within the landscape. Capper together with local artists and scientists will demonstrate his giant ‘walk-machine’ on the Saturday and Sunday from 12-4pm.
Holiday Home (White City) by Richard Woods
A colourful bungalow by British artist Richard Woods will appear at White City Place as part of Kensington + Chelsea Art Weekend (KCAW19) Public Art trail at the end of June. KCAW19 is back for its second year, twice the size and with a very cool punk inspired rebrand, the weekend will turn the borough into one cultural and artistic museum-turned-walk-through-playground.
“I’m very enthusiastic about showing the house on the White City plot as the scale and contemporary feel of the office buildings around it will make the small house appear even smaller and more traditional in style.” – Richard Woods.
Holiday Home White City is part of a series of identical sculpture houses called Holiday Homes by artist Richard Woods, so-called because they are temporary and like to appear at various locations.
Laura Ford ‘Silent Howlers’ in Holland Park from 26 June to end of October 2019.
British sculptor, Laura Ford is a contemporary of the likes of Anthony Gormley and Anish Kapoor, who will exhibit her bittersweet, playful bronze sculptures at Holland Park’s Napoleon Gardens.
+ Tours: Walking + Bike + Art Bus
Bike - Jump on your bike and join a specially designed KCAW Public Art Trail bike tour (suitable for families and kids 12+) which will visit every artwork plus the famous Chelsea Arts Club summer mural. Other KCAW Public Art Trail locations include Sloane Square, Museum of Brands, Walton Street and the Old Chelsea. Sign up for free at
Art Bus - Covering KCAW’s eight cultural zones for two days, the hop on/ hop off Kensington + Chelsea Art Weekend Art Bus is organised with the The Galleries Association in partnership with Portobello Radio. The art bus will stop at various locations and exhibiting venues and is peppered with fun, informative and sometimes a little gossipy broadcast by Piers Thomson, founder of Portobello Radio.
+ Walking Tours
Treasure Hunt - Journey down Kensington Church Street to spot 18 treasures hidden in shop windows and win a dinner for two at the most deliciously elegant Kensington Wine Rooms.
Kensington Church St is one of the oldest thoroughfares in Kensington – it was a rest and recreation area in Roman times – and as essential to the identity of Kensington as the High Street. Today, the street is renowned across the globe as the home of the highest quality Antiques Dealers offering fine art and antiques from the Hang dynasty to the Art Deco movement. Details link.
The Blue Plaque - tours by the English Heritage where visitors can get off the beaten track, discover small businesses and learn about fascinating local spots.
The Architecture Foundation Walking Tours include bespoke tours of Walmer Yard with architect Peter Salter.
Albertopolis Tours organised by The Great Exhibition Road Festival giving an insight to the birth of South Kensington cultural quarter.
Bespoke food + drink walking tours led by Walk Eat Talk Eat – take a walk around famous Golbourne Road and Portobello and sample some of the most delicious drinks and foods from local independent restaurants and bars.
Design Museum Tours + Coronet Theater are behind the scenes tours where visitors can learn the curious story behind the new Design Museum building, similar tours are offered of the Coronet Theatre.
+ Kensington + Chelsea Art Weekend Official Party at Museum of Brands
To celebrate the weekend KCAW teamed up with Algorave - this latest clubbing trend sees nerdy artists and DJs with PHDs bring people together with music and visuals composed solely from algorithms and live coding. Watch Antonio Roberts the artist and curator for the Tate and the V & A create visual effects with a few lines of code! Reserve tickets on to avoid disappointment. 29th June Museum of Brands 18.30 - 22.30
+ Family Friendly
Head down to The Serpentine Gallery, for ‘Big Family Weekend’ of art, activism, posters and storytelling and discover how art and words can change the world Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June 10am - 6pm. Cass Art is running an extensive programme for aspiring artists during the art-weekend: cassart.co.uk/artweekend
+ Celebrate The People
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.
100 Heroines by Royal Photographic Society in spectacular Telephone Exchange behind Kings Road: http://www.rps100heroines.org
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 here: www.kcaw.co.uk/events (pls note page may take a moment to load)
WHAT’S NEW FOR 2019?
The second installment 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
Emphasis is on supporting the independent artist studios, smaller and younger 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.
For the first time, KCAW is connecting artists and local businesses by offering them the chance to showcase their work in shop windows: head to Sloane Street to see how Contemporary Collective and women’s fashion label Eileen Fisher are joining forces to exhibit a new collection of paintings by Sophie Derrick
New creative partnerships for 2019 include: , Amanda Perer Studio + Royal Photographic Society (RPS 100 Heroines at Mallord Street), White City Place and Cass Art
KCAW Art Bus in association with Portobello Radio + The Galleries Association connecting eight zones of the borough including Masterpiece, The Great Exhibition Road Festival, Chelsea, Notting Hill, Kensington High Street and White City
Bespoke walking tours led by Walk Eat Talk Eat and English Heritage where visitors can get off the beaten track, discover small businesses and learn about fascinating local spots and bespoke bike tour by RBKC will guide visitors across the borough to all Public Art installations, from North Kensington to Chelsea
An Antiques Treasure Hunt in Kensington Church Street
BAFTA award-winning photographer will be showcasing ‘A Day in Your Life’, a community-minded photography competition for young, aspiring photographers in the Kensington and Chelsea area
The Live-Coding Music Party curated by Algorave and 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.
In Chelsea, Hundred Heroines Exhibition and Photo Trail with The Royal Photographic Society, and Fashion as a Walking Art Form lecture and discussion at Chelsea Library
The Public Art is generously supported by KCAW headline sponsor Cadogan; installation by Richard Woods in White City, is supported by Standhope
“The Art Weekend is like a treasure hunt - behind every corner of any building, on a garden patch or in front of a gate is a legend being told, there is so much to discover and enjoy. Echoing the Age of the Enlightenment - our public art programme links engineering, architecture, physics, history, and where possible, the art is made of reusable or recycled materials." - Vestalia Chilton, KCAW Director
Executive Director, The Exhibition Road Committee
Director of Audiences, Design Museum
Designer, Maker + Son
Founder, Time Out
Founding Director, The Fabric
Executive Director for Environment, Leisure and Residents Services, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
Secretary and Chief Executive, Chelsea Arts Club
West London Gallery Association, Director of Gallery Bus Tour
V&A, Royal Society of Sculptors
Director, Royal Society Of Sculptors