Poetry Corner Open Call – Kensington + Chelsea Art Week 2022

  • United Kingdom
  • London
  • Kensington + Chelsea Art Week
  • National
  • No
  • In order to give greater visibility to locally based creative talent, for the third year running Kensington + Chelsea Art Week is inviting poets and spoken word artists to submit work. In past years, poems have been displayed in shop and gallery windows, and on the digital culture map, as well as part of the public art project Words on the Hill at the Coronet Theatre.

    Participation in KCAW22 is an opportunity to engage new audiences and provides a platform to publish work in new formats, in the public realm. Successful proposals will also feature as part of the festival’s press and communications material.



    + We are looking for poems and texts that respond to the curatorial theme for 2022: "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.

    + Nourishment is a form of knowledge – food for the soul as well as food for the body. 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!

    + In addition to our food-inspired Public Art Trail and events, this year’s KCAW will see the festival collaborate with a range of restaurants, bars and culinary pop-ups.

    + KCAW will lead the design and production of poetry displays and contextual material.

    + Applicants can suggest a location for their work. However, the final locations will be allocated by KCAW.

    + Poems written in languages other than English are accepted; the statement about the poem should always be in English.

    + Applicants may be invited to perform their poem in public as part of the KCAW programme and for video/audio content (optional)

  • Selected poems will be displayed in a variety of locations and contexts, including: in the windows of participating venues throughout the borough, in the KCAW printed guide, on the digital Culture Map (both as text and as spoken word video/audio), as part of public art installations, on the KCAW website and on KCAW social media

    Please send submissions to info@kcaw.co.uk by 21 April 2022, which must include:

    + The submitted poems (up to 5 per applicant)

    + A brief statement about the poem, including how it is connected to the KCAW22 theme

    + Link to your website or Instagram



    + Short form: max. 150 characters including spaces

    + Long form: max. 25 lines including line breaks



    + 21 April: call for entries deadline

    + 30 April: successful applicants are contacted

    + 15-31 May: design proofs circulated

    + 23 June – 3 July: KCAW22

  • 21/Apr/22
  • info@kcaw.co.uk
  • https://www.instagram.com/kcawlondon/
  • https://www.kcaw.co.uk/poetry-corner-2022