Giant sandcastles to pop up across Kensington and Chelsea for arts festival

Jessie Thompson
Island life: Charlie Warde, who is creating an immersive installation of a JG Ballard novel, stands on Westway flyover

An experimental festival of site-specific art and performance will take over Kensington and Chelsea this June to celebrate community.

InTRANSIT, now in its eleventh year, will fill the borough with artworks based around the theme of ‘island life’. Artists have explored urban isolation, examining the old adage that ‘no man is an island’.

Art of every genre in unexpected locations will pop up across the area, with highlights including large-scale sandcastles created with the Museum of Architecture, an immersive exploration of JG Ballard’s Concrete Island, and an electro-folk opera at the Print Room in Notting Hill.

There will also be an art exhibition in a secret space at Notting Hill Gate station and a day of dance from Polynesia and Melanesia. The Portobello Pavilion will be a hive of activity and debate throughout the festival.

The event aims to allow artists the space for experimentation, as well as responding to current issues and putting local residences at the heart of arts commissioning.

InTRANSIT runs from June 9-25 across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Most events are free but some require booking in advance. More information on specific events and booking can be found at