Art FocusKensington + Chelsea Art Week Offers Sneak Peek into Artists’ Studios

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To mark the gradual reopening of the art scene post lockdown, Kensington + Chelsea Art Week will celebrate the festival’s third anniversary by offering a ‘sneak peek’ into contemporary artists’ studios and their favourite spots in West London by delivering short 360-degree films about their practice.

Open Doors 360 is a series of short, immersive 360-degree interviews with artists living or working in West London and taking part in KCAW20. Produced by Maya Sanbar of Chasing the Light Studio in partnership with Damian Rayne of Muse Films and The Galleries Association, supported by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council’s Arts Grants Scheme, these films give audiences a unique “behind the scenes” access into artists’ studios, creative mind, and latest work (Kate Daudy studio, top of page).

Personal insight

Vestalia Chilton, Director of KCAW comments: “These short films enable us to see inside the world of artists living and working locally, making it possible for us at Kensington + Chelsea Art Week to share a personal insight into the reality of their lives and what they have been thinking about over the past few months.

Alison Jackson, courtesy Francesco Guidicini

“With the theatres dark, reduced access to restaurants and pubs, Wimbledon off, Photo London cancelled. In light of that, what KCAW is offering is a fun, humorous alternative, being an immersive, interactive experience, of the walks, especially from the likes of Terence Stamp and Alison Jackson et al who offer some lightness and humour in these troubled times.’

Terry O'Neill
Terry O’Neill portrait of Terence Stamp and Jean Shrimpton

Artists involved include the actors Terence Stamp and Nickolas Grace; ballet dancer Mark Elie – the founder of Portobello Dance School; sculptors Danny Lane and Joe Rush; BAFTA winning photographer Alison Jackson; poet and spoken word artist Isis Amlak; painters Lucille Dweck and Piers Butler, artists Kate Daudy and Kate Braine.

Terence Stamp and Nikolas Grace commented: “We were happy to support Kensington + Chelsea Art Week and fellow artists who were unable to work at the moment (due to lockdown)”

KCAW curated tours
KCAW curated tours

Inviting artists to open doors to their creative spaces, discuss their work and inspiration, Open Doors 360 offers a glimpse into the reality of artists’ lives, into their studio space and significant locations in the borough of Kensington & Chelsea. The 360-degree technology allows the viewer to be fully immersed in the studio as if they are standing next to the artist and their artworks.

Maya Sanbar comments: “This project provides a meaningful opportunity to anyone with internet access anywhere in the world, to glimpse into the world of these unique artists, in a very personal way.”

Activities and events

KCAW will publish the full programme of activities and events on their website on 26th June 2020, alongside a schedule for the ‘Open Doors’ and GoJauntly walking tours designed by KCAW Advisory Board and programming by partner organisations.

KCAW core cultural activity has been moved to 1st–11th October 2020 to coincide with National Poetry Day and London’s annual art fair season.

Visit www.kcaw.co.uk from 26th June 2020 to view the full programme.

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