Kensington + Chelsea Art Week was founded in 2018 with a public consultation by a group of volunteering arts industry professionals. We are an independent, not-for-profit cultural festival and a placemaking organisation.
Since its inception, the festival continues to shine a spotlight on the area's unexpected and unique cultural variety across a multitude of studios and galleries, museums, exhibition spaces and businesses. It attracts local and international audiences to 150+ events and installations throughout the borough.
ART WEEK and the summer-long temporary ART TRAIL celebrate the rich heritage of the borough by opening doors to local creative spaces along with leading organisations in the area to facilitate further public engagement in the local culture. Over 1 million visitors engage with ART TRAIL weekly. The festival activities are a collective endeavour, delivered every year thanks to our advisory board and participating organisations, from small practices to major cultural institutions.
The borough of Kensington and Chelsea has an artistic heritage that encompasses some of the best and brightest creative names. From South Kensington’s Museum Quarter to the bustle of King’s Road; from the urban bohemia of Notting Hill to the modern elegance of the Design Museum, a journey through Kensington and Chelsea is a journey through history.