Kensington + Chelsea Art Week (KCAW) presents its seventh annual Public Art Trail

Kensington + Chelsea Art Week (KCAW) presents its seventh annual Public Art Trail
Simone Brewster’s Spirit of Place on Hooper’s Court, Knightsbridge

Kensington + Chelsea Art Week (KCAW) is delighted to present its seventh annual Public Art Trail, on display throughout the summer. An unmissable highlight on London’s summer culture calendar, the Art Trail features world-class sculpture, installations, and murals throughout the borough inspired by this year’s curatorial theme Changing Landscapes.

Located across nine zones, the Art Trail takes up residence at some of West London’s most beautiful and iconic sites, including Duke of York Square, Sloane Street, Royal Avenue on the King’s Road, Earl’s Court, North Kensington, Holland Park, High Street Kensington, and Knightsbridge.

Kensington + Chelsea Art Week (KCAW) presents its seventh annual Public Art Trail
Julian Wild, Salvia Corrupted 2011-2020

The 2024 Public Art Trail will be the largest to date, comprising of twenty-five sculptures from a host of esteemed artists with collaborations from The Serpentine Gallery, Grow to Know and award-winning public artists Gillie and Marc.

The final line-up for 2024 includes Yoni Alter, Gillie & Marc, Charlotte Colbert, Julian Wild, Matthias Neumann, Grow to Know, Simone Brewster, Annie Trevorah, Amy Jackson, Gus Farnes and Egor Zigura with further programme highlights including a festival in collaboration with charity partners Youth Action Alliance.

This year’s edition will introduce locally curated, collaborative projects within each Art Trail zone, celebrating their unique identities. These projects complement events hosted by local galleries and cultural organisations. The program will feature two Open Studio weekends at Empress Place and ACAVA (Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art), along with local trails, such as the Portobello Food and Art Trail led by artist Saira Jaimeson and the Frestonia Trail guided by Piers Thomson from Portobello Radio, exploring the area’s heritage as an independent state.

In addition to this, KCAW’s official poetry partners local grassroots performing arts and heritage org. Kamitan Arts C.I.C have been reviewing the Poetry Corner submissions and will be hosting a series of Poetry Circles, including reviving their ’Poetry On The Steps’ pilot which debuted last year at Opera Holland Park with an array of inter-generational and multi-lingual local professional and community poets and musicians!

The popular Art Bus will return on 30 June, giving passengers the chance to preview the KCAW Art Trail via a double decker bus experience, with all artists in attendance. The tour, hosted by Portobello Radio, will include all twenty-five sculptures along the trail, ending at the Serpentine Gallery and Gerhard Richter’s acclaimed STRIP-TOWER.

Kensington + Chelsea Art Week (KCAW) presents its seventh annual Public Art Trail
Charlotte Colbert with Tutti Frutti

This year, KCAW is delighted to announce its charity partner Youth Action Alliance, a youth-led organisation which focuses on supporting disadvantaged youth in Kensington and Chelsea through outreach, street-based youth work, and creative projects. The organisation has curated an exclusive festival, One Heart Community Festival, for this year’s edition taking place on the first weekend of Art Week on Saturday 22 June at Westway Sports centre.

The Art Trail is delivered in partnership with Kensington and Chelsea Council and supported by Cadogan, Art Week’s principal sponsor, along with The Knightsbridge BID, Opportunity Kensington and the Earls Court development Company. The Public Art Trail continues until August. Full details of the participating artists, their work and where to find it, will be available via the KCAW Digital Art Map.  Details of all programming and information can be found online

Kensington + Chelsea Art Week runs from June 20th, 2024, to June 30th, 2024, alongside the Public Art Trail All Summer Long, which starts on June 15th, 2024, and continues until August 31st, 2024.

©2024 KCAW