This summer will see a celebration of art, performance and community take over the neighbourhood with the inaugural Kensington + Chelsea Festival, which promises a diverse programme of arts experiences in venues and unusual spaces, putting culture at the heart of pandemic recovery and highlighting a wealth of talents whose careers have been on hold for a year.
The festival kicked off on June 21 with the annual Kensington + Chelsea Art Week (KCAW), which ran over 11 days and saw the fourth edition of the beloved Public Art Trail throughout Chelsea, with artists, creators, performers and curators exploring this year’s theme, ‘Reimagine’.
The Public Art Trail is an opportunity to see the neighbourhood with fresh eyes, with the possibility of unexpected delight around every corner. It places joy, innovation, and celebration at its core, providing space for the public and the creative community to rebuild and reconnect, after a difficult year of uncertainty.
Highlights of this year’s Public Art Trail include incredible works by Anthony Garratt, Amy Jackson, Lauren Baker, and Rand Abdul Jabbar, whose diverse, thought-provoking and influential works forged new connections between the artists and their works, as they were brought into conversation with the local environment.