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This weekend: New music, stalls and more as New Youthquake takes over Portobello!

Welcome the bank holiday weekend with a new generation of traders as the New Youthquake takes over Portobello Market and Tavistock Square.

From 10am-7pm on Saturday, 27 May and 12pm-7pm on Sunday, 28 May, some of West London’s most creative and entrepreneurial young people will be pitching up with food, fashion, art, homewares and more, as well as live music performances from 12pm-5pm.

New Youthquake is part of the national Love Your Local Market celebrations in Kensington and Chelsea where the focus is on youth culture. Portobello and Golborne Road Market is taking inspiration from ‘Youthquake’, a term coined by British Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland in 1965 to describe a London-centred movement of youth-led music and fashion. New Youthquake aims to re-kindle and expand on that movement by giving opportunities to West London’s young business minds and creative talent.

And New Youthquake doesn’t stop at this weekend! There are a whole host of activities and events including the Love Your Local Market 16-25 video competition with a showing at the Portobello Film Festival as the prize for the winner. For more information, and to enter, please visit the Portobello and Golborne Markets website.


Exhibition: A Larry Smart RETRO-spective, The Muse Gallery: 21/6 – 2/7

Borough-based The Muse Gallery is hosting Larry Smart RETRO-spective, the first ever solo exhibition by iconic 60s pop artist Larry Smart. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, this exhibition of original paintings and prints is the first time that the artist’s work has been brought together under one roof – in Larry’s former Notting Hill neighbourhood.

The exhibition features Larry’s famous and widely recognised images of 60s pop icons, landscapes and topiary images, as well as mandala paintings lit by a lightshow based on the original UFO Club performances. Following a global quest for missing Larry’s, the exhibition features works previously feared lost.

Larry Smart RETRO-spective revives the spirit of the Summer of Love in Portobello and aims to celebrate the work and life of Larry Smart and his role in British pop art history.

The exhibition is free and runs from 21 June – 2 July, daily from 12-6pm. The Muse Gallery can be found at 268 Portobello Road.

City Living, Local Life Focus: Courtfield

It’s further south we go this month, to South Kensington and Courtfield ward.

Stretching from Cromwell Road in the north to Fulham Road in the south, a key theme in Courtfield has been supporting residents to come together and shape the area they live in. This has included helping Ashburn Garden Square Garden Association gain a greater voice on local developments and the fledgling Courtfield Neighbourhood Forum to garner interest and membership.

Improving the area around Gloucester Road has also been a focus with residents coming together and organising flower baskets along the street and there are also plans afoot to replace the ageing fruit kiosk outside the tube station.

Recently, Evolve Housing’s Beacon House – a homelessness service for young people – was awarded funding to run fashion, art and IT workshops, culminating in an exhibition attended by the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea.

If you would like to find out more, or to share your ideas for projects in Courtfield ward, do visit the City Living, Local Life website.

Exhibition: Pink Floyd – Their Mortal Remains @ The V&A, opens 13 May 2017

From 13 May, Exhibition Road’s Victoria and Albert Museum opens the first international retrospective of one of the most iconic and influential bands in the world – Pink Floyd.

In keeping with the band, the exhibition is a unique audio-visual journey through music, design and staging from Pink Floyd’s 1960 debut to the present day.

Although the exhibition has an international focus, the foundations of Pink Floyd are very much rooted in North Kensington (which you can read more about in issue 17 of the CLLL-supported Colville Community History newsletter).  During the 1960’s, Ladbroke Grove was the place where Syd Barret’s Pink Floyd Sound held sound and light workshops, where they played their first gigs at the fledgling Notting Hill Carnival and where they dropped the ‘Sound’ from their name to become the band known across the world today.

Tickets are £20-£24 (concessions available) and can be booked online. The exhibition closes on 1 October 2017.

Exhibition: California @ The Design Museum opens 24/05

Kensington High Street’s Design Museum is taking a look across the pond from May with an exhibition focusing on the Golden State and the role of California in modern design and culture.

Starting in the 1960s and the counterculture movements to today’s Silicon Valley tech culture, via LSD, skateboards and iPhones, the exhibition will reveal how we’re all a little bit Californian.

The exhibition opens on 24 May 2017 and runs until 15 October 2017. Tickets are priced at £14.50 (concessions available) and can be booked online.

Image: Icon for the Apple Mac, 1984, Susan Kare notebook,

Portobello Live! The heart and art of West London: 30 April – 1 May

Portobello Live! returns to North Kensington for the third year running, bringing some of the best of West London music, cabaret, spoken word, performance and art.

Held over the May Day bank holiday, this year’s festival also takes a retrospective look at Rock Against Racism, a movement which sprang into life 40 years ago.

A stunning line up of new bands, performers, rock royalty and special guests will play out across the stages of Portobello’s iconic pubs, clubs and venues. This year, punk performance poet John Cooper Clarke is a headline act, along with Bandante (The Bad Seeds), Glen Matlock (the Sex Pistols), The Egg, Youth, Salad Undressed, Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot (Curiosity Killed The Cat), Don Letts, Rusty Egan and Noel Watson, with more to be announced.

Portobello Live! is embedded in the community, and the ‘It’s Behind You’ exhibition looks back over 25 years of the iconic Portobello Panto while local music academy The Rhythm Studio will hold drumming sessions.

Rock Against Racism photographer Syd Shelton will also reflect on the movement which came to public attention 40 years ago through music and marches, or ‘carnivals’, inspired by Notting Hill’s annual event. Portobello Live! also features the Oasis World Choir, composed of refugees from Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan.

Full access to all acts and venues can be obtained with a wristband (that is substantially cheaper than other weekend festivals!), and under 16s go free. All tickets can be booked online via the Portobello Live! website.

City Living, Local Life focus: Colville

Back up to the north of the borough this month, and to the east of Ladbroke Grove, with a look at Colville ward’s City Living Local Life activity.

Colville on average supports around 15 projects a year, and Councillors have focused much of their City Living, Local Life activity on inclusive art and history projects, as well as projects for younger ward residents.  Of particular note has been the Sound of the Westway, a 2016 talk and exhibition of the musical history wrapped up in the Westway.

Elsewhere, inclusive music classes (Joy of Sound), classical dance teaching (Mark Elie Dance Foundation) and local creative workshops from ArtHouse involving around 800 local residents, were developed through City Living, Local Life.

More recently, an extensive archive project of local printer and community activist Mike Braybrook was given a helping hand into the British Library, and the Volunteer Centre’s Kensington and Chelsea Ambassadors who greet and assist visitors to Portobello Market were also supported.

One of the main ways local people can get involved in Colville is through the Colville Community Forum. The forum is a fully constituted community organisation, with each of the three ward councillors as trustees and Forum members made up of local people and organisations. The Colville Forum also acts as the host of the Colville Community History project, that produce regular newsletters and talks on the colourful history of the area.

If you would like to find out more, or share your ideas for projects in Colville ward, do visit the City Living, Local Life website.

Closing soon: Beatrix Potter’s London at the V&A – ends 28/4/17

Have you had the chance to catch the V&A’s free display exploring the role of London in Kensington-born Beatrix Potter’s life and work? If not, you’ve only got a few weeks left…

The free display marks the 150th anniversary of her birth in Bolton Gardens, Kensington – where Bousfield Primary School now stands after the house was destroyed in the Blitz. Being a local gal, Beatrix’s childhood was full of local memories – especially the museums of Exhibition Road, which helped inform her thinking on science, art and nature.

The display complements the V&A’s permanent collection, which is the largest collection of Beatrix Potter’s drawings, manuscripts and correspondence in the world.

The display is open until 28 April 2017 in Gallery 102 at the V&A (Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL)

Fundraisers: Art auctions and more for the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation

Art appreciators! Take a look at some of the world’s leading artists and help raise funds for The Kensington and Chelsea Foundation at the turn of this month with the following auction and free view…

The London Art Biennale

With over 120 artists from 40 nations, the London Art Biennale transforms Chelsea Old Town Hall into a world of painting, sculpture and digital art from 29 March – 2 April.


The opening night (29 March, 6:30-9:30pm) sees a charity auction where over 30 lots will be sold to raise funds for London’s Air Ambulance and the borough’s own Rotary Club and Kensington and Chelsea Foundation. Works for auction include a piece of Jose Van Roy Dali, son of Salvador, Marco Lodola and Paul Kostabi.

Attendance is free, but RSVP is essential and can be done online.

25 Blythe Road – For dogs and their owners

For those of you who think art has gone to the dogs, or for budding canine caricature collectors, the esteemed auctioneers at 25 Blythe Road are hosting a fundraising private view of art that celebrates man and his dog.

The morning viewing takes place on Monday, 3 April from 8:30-10am. There will be around 25 paintings on show, many from the Victorian era and doggy treats aplenty.

The morning will be raising funds and awareness of the Foundation. Again, attendance is free but RSVP essential online.


Watch: THE CLUB – inspiring young people at Earl’s Court Youth Club…

Eager readers and local Earl’s Court residents will remember the Earl’s Court Community Trust’s local Film Festival that was held last November.

The festival showcased a series of short films and documentaries shot in and around the Earl’s Court area and was won by Kid Gloves, a tale that unravels after Merle lends a pair of gardening gloves to her young neighbour Lucy.

The Earl’s Court Youth Club also got in on the act, and with support from the Redcliffe councillors through City Living, Local Life, produced THE CLUB – a 4 minute showcase of how the Club helps local youth to realise their ambitions…

13-25? Get creative and qualified with SPID Theatre’s Reimagining Goldfinger project…

Budding theatre makers, historians, producers, designers and performers! The Cheltenham Estate, the iconic North Kensington estate that includes the Grade II* listed Trellick Tower and Edenham Way will be brought to life by SPID Theatre with a series of interactive and performative guided tours – and they are looking for 13-25 year olds to get involved.

Reimagining Goldfinger, celebrates Erno Goldfinger’s North Kensington design, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year and has come to symbolise the Brutalist movement. Commissioned by London County Council, the estate replaced the substandard late 19th century housing, and Reimagining Goldfinger aims to look at the impact of the architecture on the social lives of the community who have lived there.

The sessions to prepare these performative tours will take place on Saturdays starting from March 4, and ending with the performative tour on the 27th of May, and take place every week excluding the 15th of April.

For more information, and to sign up, do contact

The project is part of a year-long intergenerational heritage project, in collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Museum and the 20th Century Society.

Call for submissions: Portobello Wall Public Art Installation

Artists! The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is announcing the next commission for the Portobello Road North Wall public art project. The theme for the commission is Moving Image, Film and North Kensington.

For guidance only, the West London Film Network site gives an idea of the richness of the film history in the area.

The new commission will be installed in June 2017 and remain in situ for 12 months. The commissioned work must be:

  • new work and a unified composition or with a linked theme;
  • striking and impactful to people walking the road;
  • site-specific;
  • inspired by the local area;
  • suitable for outdoor use; and
  • temporary.

Deadline: Proposals must be submitted by Friday, 10 February 2017.

For further information do visit the RBKC Arts service or email the Arts service. You can also check out the video below featuring the current installation, Opposites by Albert Kueh…

A look back at City Living, Local Life in 2016…

While 2016 may have seen it’s fair share of surprises, City Living, Local Life has been consistently helping local people, community groups, charities and ward councillors to work together to improve local areas. With 137 projects funded across Kensington and Chelsea this year, here’s a flavour of what has been going on..

supporting local, independent businesses on Stratford Road in Abingdon;

bringing Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet into the modern day with Intermission Youth Theatre in Brompton and Hans Town;

reaching out to isolated residents with the Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents in Campden;

launching a new IT hub in Chelsea Riverside;

celebrating Notting Hill Carnival Pioneers’ 50th year in Colville;

helping young homeless people at Beacon House in Courtfield with employment advice and training;

cooking up ideas to address food poverty with Kensington and Chelsea Social Council’s report, supported by Dalgarno Councillors;

making the Earl’s Court Tardis fit for the The Doctor;

taking over the Golborne Road for the Golborne Festival;

inviting residents to the first Holland conversation to discuss the most recent ward survey results;

lighting up Holland Park Avenue this Christmas in Norland;

assisting the Ethiopian Women’s Empowerment Group to hold events and support volunteers in Notting Dale;

Ethiopian Women’s Empowerment Group, Notting Dale ward
rocking out with the Joy of Sound and their inclusive music workshops for people with disabilities in Pembridge;

launching Senior Moments, a series of talks, classes and workshops for older residents at Christ Church Kensington in Queen’s Gate;

championing the best of local film at the Earl’s Court Film Festival in Redcliffe (check out the winner, KID GLOVES, below!);

providing support for the local Parkinson’s UK branch to continue to offer free and low-cost activities for people with Parkinson’s in Royal Hospital;

Exploring local history and tackling social isolation with Open Age’s Walks and Talks in St Helen’s; and

The Walks and Talks crew enjoying the view from Trellick Tower

Going for goal by growing Chelsea FC’s Premier League Kicks in Stanley;

If you would like to find out more about these projects, the many others we’ve supported in 2016 or have an idea that you would like to explore, then get in touch!

Puzzlers! Celebrate 250 years of the Jigsaw at the Museum of Brands…

The borough-based Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising are celebrating the humble jigsaw, with the largest exhibition of its kind.

From 15 December at the Museum’s Lancaster Road base, the exhibition pieces the social history of Britain through jigsaws, celebrating royal occasions, wars, transport, technology and famous faces. With 250 jigsaws from 1766 to the present day, they map the journey from an educational aide for upper class children to the family friendly brain puzzler.

The exhibition runs from 15 December to late-April 2017. Tickets cost £9 for adults, £7 concessions and £5 for children. Family tickets are also available.

For more information on the Museum of Brands, do visit


She’s Behind You! Help Crowdfund the 25th anniversary Portobello Pantomime production of The Snow Queen

The Portobello Pantomime are crowdfunding their 25th Anniversary show this year – a modern take on Han’s Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen. Supporters of this well-loved and well received west London tradition have until December 14 to raise just over £5,700 to help the production cover essential costs such as costume hire, set building and publicity.

The production is made possible by hard working and dedicated volunteers, while all box office profits will be given to The Shepherd’s Bush Families Project and Solace Women’s Aid.

So, click on the link to make your pledge and read all about this year’s production below:




The Tabernacle (W11 2AY) – 14 – 17 December 2016.

The village of Portobello is a small, parochial kind of place, and the Elders work hard to keep it that way: mirrors, outsiders and smartphones are all banned. But when the malevolent Snow Queen and her narcissistic harem take their quest to gain more followers to the village, Portobello’s insulated idyll comes under threat.

This year’s Panto is a 21st Century update of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairytale. It also sees the return of the Panto’s founding mother Anna Chancellor, who will be calling the shots from the dugout. If technology is a drug – and sometimes it feels like one – then what, precisely are the side effects? All will be revealed at the Tab this Christmas…

For ticketing information, do visit the Tabernacle’s website.

Create, shop and play at the Portobello Winter Festival, 2-4 December 2016…

Kensington dwellers and market buyers and sellers! The first, free Portobello Winter Festival comes to the Green for a weekend of music, craft, food, drink and festive delights…

Taking place from 10am-8pm from Friday, 2 December to Sunday, 4 December, Portobello Green (W10 5TZ), the festival will feature the following (and many more!):

  • A Children’s Grotto and Activity-Land including performances from Irish dancers, live orchestras, beatboxers and choirs
  • The Vintage Clothes Market and traditional Christmas stalls
  • Kindred Studios exclusive designer-maker pop-ups and gift wrapping from sculptors, fashion designers, ceramicists, jewellers and more
  • Acklam Village Winter’s Tale and a Christmas rum shack
  • Winter Carnival Sessions on Sunday from 12noon, featuring Ebony and Mangrove Steelbands and the Soca Divettes
  • Charity/Fundraising Gift Wrap Stall in Tavistock Square

For more information, including stall enquiries and volunteer opportunities, do visit the Westway Trust’s website.

Coming up at the Lacey: Brian Ord and Val Close’s ‘HOUSE & HOTEL’, 22-26 November

Culture Vultures! Notting Hill’s Lacey Contemporary’s next exhibition is coming to their 8 Clarendon Cross (W11 4AP) gallery from 22-26 November.

Brian Ord and Val Close’s HOUSE & HOTEL will explore new works and developments by the artists as they investigate the interiors and exteriors of the traditional style homes we live in.


Brian Ord uses mixed media to create unreal places based on the ‘American Dream’; the ideal by which equality of opportunity is available to any American, allowing the highest aspirations and goals to be achieved. His work discusses the unattainability of domestic utopia.

Val Close series of work is concerned with consumerism and materialism. Similar to Ords’ themes, Val experiments with mixed media. Her embroidery plays with the idea of the traditional home; the conceptual ‘Comfort Blanket.’ a source of refuge heavily influences her work for its owner, an intimate space.

The gallery will be hosting a private view with the artists on Wednesday, 23 November 2016, 6-8pm, while the exhibition will be open to the public from the 22– 26 November 2016.

For further information, images or to register your interest in the event please contact Tessa at the gallery.

The Design Museum comes to Kensington High Street – 24 November 2016

If you’ve popped down to Kensington High Street you would have noticed the transformation of the former Commonwealth Institute into a space fit for one of the world’s leading contemporary design museums – and now The Design Museum will open its doors on 24 November.

The new space will give the museum three times more space than its previous location at Tower Bridge and create a new centre for learning, a 202-seat auditorium and a dedicated gallery to display its permanent collection, which will be accessible to the public free of charge for the first time.

The Design Museum’s collection tells the history of mass production, from the manufacturing innovations of the nineteenth century up to the digital revolution of the last few years. The collection spans all aspects of design including architecture, fashion, furniture, product and graphic design, digital media and transport.

For more information on the opening of the museum, and upcoming exhibitions, please visit

The Earl’s Court Film Festival, 1-11 November 2016

Movie Buffs! Roll out the red carpet and put on your glad rags as the second Earl’s Court Film Festival opens next month from 1-11 November to showcase the best shorts films shot in and around the Earl’s Court area.

Six new shorts – co-produced with emerging filmakers and Film Earls Court, the organisers of the festival –  will be on offer as well as a further 12 films competing to win the grand finale.

The film bonanza has been supported by City Living, Local Life in Redcliffe ward for the past 2 years, and this year the Earl’s Court Youth Club have been funded to produce short films about young people living in the area.

The programme kicks off on Tuesday, November 1 at the Troubadour (7:30pm, doors open at 6:30pm) with 8 short delights. For a taster of these films and the rest of the festival, check out the Earl’s Court Film Festival 2016 brochure.

To learn more about the Festival, and the people and organisations behind it, do visit


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