On & Around the Street


"In Bloom" by Toy Studio on Sloane Square

Celebrate the cultural heritage of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea with a stimulating programme of events and installations taking place over the 11 days of this year’s Kensington & Chelsea Art Week.

KCAW will kick off on Friday, October 2, with the first ever K&C Culture Night, which will see a range of cultural activities online and across the neighbourhood hosted by local cultural venues and arts organisations, including a look at work by over 150 graduating artists at the “London Grads Now” exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery and a unique performance of Claire Dowie’s series of touching and comedic monologues, “Year of the Monkey”, at the Chelsea Physic Garden.

As part of an inspiring public art trail across the borough, you can wonder at large-scale works such “In Bloom”, a mesmerising geometric sculpture and light installation, by London-based collective Toy Studio on Sloane Square.  Constructed from 420 laser-cut aluminium pieces, “In Bloom” explores the relationship between mathematics and nature.

"Through No.3" by Liz West

At nearby Duke of York Square, is “Through N. 3”, Liz West’s interactive walk-through glass corridor of light. The multi-hued installation is an exploration of our psychological relationship with colour and timely reminder of the rainbow motif that has served as a message of hope and support throughout this tumultuous year.

A series of self-guided walking tours throughout the neighbourhood, designed by experts and artists, are accessible via the Go Jauntly app. Beginning at Jane Austen’s Sloane Street house, set off to explore Literary Chelsea; discover stunning sacred spaces on the Chelsea Historic Churches tour; or walk in the footsteps of Whistler and Turner on the Chelsea Arts Walk.

On the King’s Road, shops have partnered with artists connected to the area to animate their store windows. Dan Morley’s atmospheric oil paintings of butterflies at Last Drop Wines are among the highlights.

“A Day In Your Life”, the community-minded photography competition founded by BAFTA and award-winning artist Alison Jackson, is back and will be staged in the open-air at The Running Track on the Duke of York Square on Saturday October 3 and Saturday October 10, alongside the Saturday Fine Food Market, and at the Chelsea Theatre at other times.

Check out the many illuminating and engaging events at kcaw.co.uk.