Kensington + Chelsea Art Week has launched its fifth public art trail. This free celebration of art and sculpture will feature installations at some of the borough’s most iconic landmarks, a fitting tribute to West London’s formidable creative heritage.
This year, the theme of the trail is ‘nourish’. Artists including Gavin Turk, Sokari Douglas Camp CBE and Maya Sanbar have created monumental sculptures that interpret this theme, from a giant plastic food package made out of grey concrete, to a London city-scape made entirely from straws collected in local bars, clubs and coffee shops. Each artwork asks us to consider what nourishes us – whether that’s food, nature, family, tradition, or something else entirely.
Highlights of the trail include Quilt Patch on the exterior of The Chelsea Theatre: a colourful installation of quilted flags made from recycled fabrics, created collaboratively in cross-generational sewing and storytelling workshops. Outside the Design Museum you’ll find a carnival float, paying tribute to carnival spirit and Caribbean tradition while acknowledging histories of enslavement through headdresses of sugarcane and tea.
Prepare to be surprised and delighted by unusual installations at every turn, the perfect excuse to explore the streets and shops of our richly creatively borough.
Spotlight on: The Chelsea look
As part of the art trail, artist Roman Lokati has created six sculptures to be displayed in prominent locations including Sloane Street, Pavilion Road and Duke of York Square. Each life-sized metal sculpture is inspired by Chelsea’s style icons, from Vivienne Westwood’s punk revolution to the iconic red uniforms of the Chelsea Pensioners. Look out for these colourful silhouettes as you stroll through Chelsea.