Kensington + Chelsea Art Week Will Now Take Place on 1 - 10 October 2020

I was delighted to join the team, ably headed by curator Vestalia Clifford, that was organising this ten day festival, originally scheduled for the end of June, celebrating the borough's artistic history and the exciting artists and creatives who are currently living and working in West London.

With an art trail, a public art installation programme and hundreds of events culminating in the Exhibition Road Festival in partnership with 19 cultural institutions, including the Science Museum, the V&A, Imperial College and the Design Museum, this year's event was going to be a unique celebration of creativity, exploration, collaboration and the ability of art and culture to engage and excite new audiences!

The January Open Call inviting artists, organisations, performers and curators to submit artworks and projects for the Public Art Trail was very successful with over 110 artists submitting proposals. https://www.kcaw.co.uk/public-art-open-call

However, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the imposition of lockdown, has caused the Committee to re- think ART WEEK, whilst continuing our commitment to supporting the artists, creative spaces and cultural institutions, while their doors are closed.

Our approach moving forward in these uncertain times, is fourfold :

  1. Supporting our local arts community by continuing to showcase and celebrate work through rich and diverse on line digital programming and an Ideas Exchange to support local cultural industries - see https://www.kcaw.co.uk/ and click on the Ideas Exchange tab
  2. We are committed to as many elements as possible of the Public Art trail - connecting the borough through temporary art installations and engaging and thought provoking cultural activity; hopefully through the summer months - further news to come!
  3. Activation of shop windows along Kings Road, turning retail spaces into pop up exhibition venues, depending on when social distancing is lifted to allow such interaction - check out our Instagram pages @kcawlondon or @caroline boseley for further news
  4. KCAW Special programming with special emphasis on the spoken word - out new festival launch date is 1 October which is National Poetry Day , so what is more fitting than a celebration of the spoken word, with poetry, theatre and performance events

Our hope is that we can continue to engage our community and wider audiences with cultural experiences to be enjoyed, responding to these unprecedented challenges with creativity and imagination.