The KCAW Public Art Trail creates ambitious temporary installations across our area of West London.


Now in its fifth edition, KCAW runs an 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 KCAW in Summer 2022.



We are very excited to announce that the theme for KCAW22 will be NOURISH.

Every living being is sustained by nourishment of some kind, whether through consumption of food, photosynthesis or other means. Nourishment can also be intellectual, social and mystical.


Consider commensality as a social activity, which creates and cements relationships, but also sets boundaries. Think of nourishment as a form of knowledge – food for the soul as well as food for the body.


Nourishment in the form of food is fundamental to life. How it is grown, harvested, prepared, eaten, shared and wasted are essential questions when it comes to ecology and to sustainability.


Food is culture. It unites and divides us. It is sensual. It is gluttonous and indulgent. It is pleasure, spirituality and meditation, pain and boredom. It is fun!  

We hope that our theme will activate questions related to how nourishment can be a vehicle for visual experimentation with form and the senses, with sharing and togetherness, with kindness, with teaching and learning, and with expanding on nourishment as a form of knowledge.

The deadline for applications is 10 January 2022. 


Participation in KCAW is an opportunity to engage new audiences, it provides a platform on which to present work in extraordinary locations while exhibiting alongside renowned cultural organisations and leading artists. Successful proposals for the Public Art feature public art installations in the borough’s public realm and urban spaces.

Additionally, shortlisted proposals are featured in the festival’s press and communications materials, online and in print, as well as benefit from further media coverage of the event. The KCAW Public Art Trail is a key feature of the KCAW programming both during the festival and year-round, often providing the sites for workshops, talks and tours.

Look out for an announcement of this year's Art Committee!

Last Year's Public Art Trail Artists (2021)

+ Amy Jackson
+ Anthony Garratt

+ Gold & Ashes
+ Lee Baker and Catherine Borowski
+ Lauren Baker
+ LR Vandy

+ Rand Abdul Jabbar in partnership with Shubbak Festival

+ Yan Skates

+ Zak Ové

Last Year's Art Committee (2021)

The shortlisted proposals were evaluated by an Art Committee made up of leading names from the visual arts, performance arts, literature and media:

+ Tim Marlow OBE (Chief Executive and Director, Design Museum)
+ Sara Blonstein (Blonstein Creative Production)
+ Michael Forbes (artist)
+ Marie Cudennec Carlisle (C&E and Co-Founder, Goldfinger Factory)
+ Bolanle Tajudeen (Founder, Black Blossoms and Independent Curator)
+ Tabish Khan (Art Critic; Visual Arts Editor, Londonist)
+ Councillor Gerard Hargreaves (Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea)
+ Faisal Abdu'Allah (Artist)
+ Kensington & Chelsea Foundation (KCAW21 Charity Partner)

+ Sokari Douglas Camp (Artist)

The Art Committee's role is to verify that the proposals fit the selection criteria, including their viability for display in the public sphere and safety for public use; assess how the projects reflect the KCAW22 curatorial theme, NOURISH; and evaluate their suitability to the proposed site, allocating the final locations for the projects.