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This year's Kensington + Chelsea Art Week (KCAW) is extended to eleven days and takes place 1-11 October 2020. The public art festivities have been developed with community consultation, with a diverse programme of events, talks, highlights, installations and exhibits taking place throughout the Royal Borough.

KCAW will present over a hundred participants, including both emerging and world-class institutions and cultural practitioners, to celebrate the artistic richness of the Borough. This year’s dynamic calendar of events will be the most extensive edition of KCAW to date. The programme includes murals and public artworks acknowledging the COVID-19 pandemic and paying tribute to the NHS.

Participants include the Design Museum, The Great Exhibition Road Festival (GERF) collaboration with arts and science, The Chelsea Theatre, Kensington Town Hall, Royal Society of Sculptors, The Coronet Theatre, Pavilion Hive in Notting Hill, the Chelsea Arts Club, White City Place, and the Goldfinger Factory, with many more to be announced. 

Among the highlights of KCAW include: an open call KCAW Public Art Trail installed in Sloane Square, Duke of York Square, Kings Road, Chelsea Theatre, Holland Park, Freston Road, Portobello, High Street Kensington and White City with highlights including installations in Sloane Square and Duke of York Square by artists Barnaby Barford, Toy Studio and Liz West. Sculptor Alex Chinneck will create a new installation called Alphabetti Spaghetti which will be located in Lockton Road/Bramley Road railway arches in W11.

A new addition this year is Art in Windows featuring local artists and creative studios who will transform store windows along the iconic King's Road and Kensington High Street, through a series of exhibitions and imaginative interventions. As the high street responds to the pandemic, these empty retail spaces will be brought to life with works by local artists to engage passers-by in a celebration of culture and creativity. The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea has commissioned eight retail art installations which will be installed in vacant retail premises along Kensington High Street, which will stay in-situ until Christmas with participating artists including Shuster & Moseley, Dotmaster, Lindsay Mendick and Catriona Robertson.

The Love Kensington + Chelsea Hoardings project will feature work by artists celebrating the different histories of the borough by painting murals on construction boards in unusual locations. The murals are selected by public and resident vote. 

KCAW are working with CW+, the official charity of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, on a collaboration with award winning British-Nigerian artist Yinka llori. CW+ will also unveil a COVID-19 legacy landmark installation project at West Middlesex University Hospital marking the crisis and its effects on everyday life. Entitled #becauseyou, the project is to be designed by the local community in remembrance of the global pandemic. The hospital is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. 

A packed workshops and events programme will be announced ahead of the festival with highlights including a very special free Fashion Illustration Workshop for adults at The Fashion School in Chelsea.

Another new feature to KCAW20 is the new digital Culture Map, launching 1 October, which will encompass all cultural activity in the Royal Borough as a living library and database. The Culture Map connects eight culture zones and visitors are invited to explore the area using the culture map both printed and online.

The popular Lates Gallery Trail will also return to the festival offering visitors a chance to visit some of the Borough’s best loved local galleries.

KCAW is also collaborating with Imperial College and The Great Exhibition Road Festival by creating seven digital fantasies with artists and scientists of Albertopolis, launched in conjunction with World Mental Health Day on 10 October. 

Also available online is Open Doors 360, an ongoing series of short immersive 360-degree films of 5-8-minute interviews with ten contemporary artists taking part in KCAW and living or working West London. This year KCAW20 has also introduced the Go Jauntly Walks, curated themed tours around the borough available via the app Go Jauntly. The walks have been curated by local residents, KCAW Advisory Board members and local artists such as Alison Jackson to offer insight and uncover hidden histories of the local area.

For full programme visit or follow @kcawlondon 

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