ART TRAIL 6TH EDITION
The KCAW Public Art Trail creates ambitious temporary installations across our area of West London. KCAW runs an annual OPEN CALL for artists, creative organisations, and curators to submit artworks to be displayed in a variety of public spaces for one month or longer during the summer.
Over a million visitors engage with ART TRAIL per week during the summer and the project would not be possible without the support of our sponsors, partners and art committee.
Scroll down to learn more about our KCAW Art Trail Committee for 2023 edition.
2023 Theme THE ART OF CHANGE
The Open Call artworks and installations were selected on their relevance to the curatorial theme for KCAW Art Trail 2023: The Art Of Change.
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new” - Socrates.
Progress is impossible without change, the alternative is stagnation. The key lies in embracing this reality and even seeking it, in order to access the unimaginable. Change is a moment of bravery and action, the moment to embrace the flow of chance - that’s the moment of freedom, the feeling of change in the air.
The proposals can be site-specific and explore materiality, patterns, technology and innovation. The proposals can embrace new concepts and ideas of traditional ways of making art, revolving cycles, referencing the past and present in humanity and nature, personal storytelling and observations. In addition to the theme, submissions can:
+ Reflect on the history and legacy of the area where the work will be presented, Kensington and Chelsea’s rich artistic heritage, ancient and modern
+ Encourage audience engagement
+ Evoke the celebratory spirit of the festival
THE ART COMMITTEE
The shortlisted proposals are evaluated by an elected Art Committee made up of leading names from the visual arts, performance arts, literature and media.
The committee verifies that the proposals fit the selection criteria, including their viability for display in the public sphere and safety for public use. They assess how the projects reflect the KCAW23 curatorial theme; evaluate the suitability to the ethos of the festival as well as the proposed sites for the installations.
+ Wesley Ankrah Director of Social Value at Savills Earth
+ Baker & Borowski Artists, Producers of Skip Gallery, Graphic Rewilding, KCAW Alumni
+ Emily Candler Cultural Placemaker, Ex-Director of Exhibition Road Cultural Group
+ Sadie Clayton Sculptor, TV personality Hair Power: Me and My Afro, Chanel 4
+ Cynthia Valianti Corbett Director, Curator, Cynthia Corbett Gallery & Young Masters Art Prize
+ Hannah Lambert Community Engagement, The Royal College of Art
+ Councillor David Lindsay The Worshipful the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
+ Steven Medway Chief Executive, Knightsbridge Partnership
+ Adam Rutherford Director, Art Brand Communications, The Fondation Beyeler, Art Basel Cities, V&A Museum Africa Fashion
+ Victoria Whenray RIBA RIAI AoU Architect, Board Director at Conran and Partners
+ Anda Winters Artistic Director, The Coronet Theatre.