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


For its fourth edition, and in order to give greater visibility to locally based creative talent, KCAW21 is launching an open call to artists, creative organisations and curators to submit preexisting artworks to be displayed in a variety of public spaces for one month or longer during Kensington + Chelsea Art Week in Summer 2021. The theme for 2021 is: REIMAGINE.

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 will feature public art installations in the borough’s public realm and urban spaces.

Additionally, shortlisted proposals will be 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.

The shortlisted proposals will be 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 will verify that the proposals fit the selection criteria, including their viability for display in the public sphere and safety for public use; will assess how the projects reflect the KCAW21 curatorial theme, REIMAGINE; and will evaluate their suitability to the proposed site, allocating the final locations for the projects.

The 2021 Public Art Trail artists will be announced in Spring 2021​