We are looking for proposals on how best to run the Theatre Café with, and for, local people. If you have any suggestions or would like to be involved please drop me an email and we can arrange a chat to talk about your ideas + proposals.
CULTURE RECOVERY FUND
Thanks to the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund we can continue to be #HereForCulture!
KENSINGTON + CHELSEA FESTIVAL
The Chelsea Theatre will be joining KENSINGTON + CHELSEA FESTIVAL (K+C Festival) 24 JUNE TO 31 AUGUST 2021
Creativity and culture is at the heart of resilience and recovery from the pandemic. For 2021 we want to reconnect and re-imagine our world together, in the boldest and most imaginative ways possible.
Kensington + Chelsea Art Week will expand throughout the summer season with a festival that elevates the magic and shared experiences of public art and live performance.
K+C Festival will bring people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired.
We’re busy co-creating a diverse programme with local, national and international artists, our communities, organisations and the wealth of talent behind the scenes whose careers have been on hold for a year. The festival is inspired by the rich heritage, creativity, culture and innovation in Kensington and Chelsea and we’re welcoming all to come and explore with us.
Join Our Board
Are you looking for an exciting opportunity in performance arts, if so come and join us.
In order to fulfil the full potential of the newly refurbished theatre and bring our community the best in the arts, entertainment, lifelong learning and well-being we need the support of a strong and enthusiastic board.
We are in the process of recruiting new board members and would like to hear from you! We are building a Board that understand and represents the local community.
The Board helps the staff team at the theatre in fulfilling our ambition to be: An exceptional incubation hub for the arts.
A home from home for the local community
A thriving enterprise that is financially secure and stable
A place to offer exceptional opportunity to all.
The ideal trustees will have most or all of the following features:
Strong community connection in World’s End and the Chelsea riverside area.
Strongly held views on the value of diversity in all aspects of society.
Enthusiasm for our mission
Time, energy and the desire to nurture and develop and exceptional and unique community asset.
You can find more information here:
Or email: email@example.com to talk things over.
LYG Virtual Dance
This is the final week of the LYG Virtual Dance competition!
LYG have teamed up with Nando’s and HomeBros to bring us this Afro Beats dance challenge which includes a specially created routine with four moves to learn. Watch the video here https://youtu.be/ErNu8dvt0sA
Confirm your participation HERE to earn points for Kensington and Chelsea. There is also a chance to win a £100 Nando’s gift card for four lucky MVP winners by submitting a video of your routine as well.
You have until Thursday 13th to confirm your participation for the final time!
Thanks for all your participation over the last 6 weeks, we hope you have enjoyed being a part of this virtual challenge and will get involved in future challenges!
Not The End of the World – Arts Council England, Chelsea Theatre & West10Arts
The Chelsea Theatre in association with Arts Council England, West 10 Arts and The World’s End Estate is proud to present the first episode for a series of short films documenting the stories of the community and the people who live at one of the UK’s most iconic 1970’s inner city Tower Blocks – The World’s End Estate.
The Great Big Art Exhibition
Date: 11 March 2021
The Great Big Art Exhibition invites people across the UK to make an artwork and display it for all to see. We want to show the world what amazing talent we have on the World’s End Estate. As residents of the estate do not have windows that can be seen from the street we are asking the community to submit work to us so we can display a selection in the windows of the Chelsea Theatre.
There is someone at the Chelsea Theatre Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm. Please feel free to drop off your art works during those hours. There will be a box outside the front door of the theatre during those hours where you can safely drop off you artworks. Alternatively you can email a copy to for us to print out and display. Email to:
The Great Big Art Exhibition website gives you details of the current themes and how to best hashtag your work to display it on social media. Please remember to use our hashtag too #thegreatbigartexhibition
Our thanks go to SLOANE STANLEY not only for their generosity, but also for their patience in supporting us with every twist of the way as ideas failed and the law changed.
We must also thank Kensington and Chelsea Council for their support, very rapid responses and advice as plans changed. A simple plan of a small choir and a Grotto rapidly changed with moves into Tier 2, then Tier 3 and finally Tier 4 when, very sadly, we had to close on the Sunday to ensure Santa and everyone remained safe.
Finally, a big thank you to all the volunteers who made a great team to put on this event, be it front of house, or back stage in the Elves’ present wrapping department.
We wish you all well and a very Happy and Healthy New Year. Please keep in touch for news of more events at Chelsea Theatre.
Not The End of the World – Arts Council England, Chelsea Theatre & West10Arts
Date: 23 November 2020
This is an Arts Council England and Chelsea Theatre initiative to document the stories of the residents living and working at one of London’s most iconic housing estates. Read more..
Come and join us on this journey of discovery. Be a part of this exciting project and tell us about yourself, living in these unprecedented times and what living at The World’s End Estate means to you.
This documentary film project will give future generations an insight into your life experiences and your community.
We are looking for people to partake in a 30 to 60 minute recorded discussion with Olivier and Evening Standard Award Winning Director Javier De Frutos
The discussions will be online and conducted using the Zoom platform to record your story, all we need you to do is make yourself comfortable, log in and talk to us from the ease of your own home.
WE ALL HAVE A STORY……LET IT BE SHARED!
Please come and join us to discover something new about each other and celebrate the rich diversity of the people and community living at The World’s End Estate.
For more information, please email the project’s dedicated website: firstname.lastname@example.org
Worlds End Christmas Tree
Date: 20 November 2020
It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas this week at the Chelsea Theatre, with an enormous Community Christmas Tree being installed outside our newly refurbished building in the centre of the piazza. Read more..
Funded by Kensington & Chelsea Council’s ‘City Living, Local Life’ grant, which supports local people make their area a better place to live, the Community Christmas Tree and its lights will be on display all day and night throughout the festive season.
For more information about the Chelsea Theatre’s Christmas plans – including Santa’s Grotto, Carol Singing and distributing gifts and support parcels to local families – please keep an eye on our website and signup to our regular e-newsletter on our homepage.
Black History Month at Chelsea Theatre – Celebrating Our Unsung Heroes
Date: 26 October 2020
The Chelsea Theatre proudly celebrated Black History Month by organising a community project and exhibition championing the culture and achievements of local people of Black British, African and Caribbean descent who go about their daily lives working hard to help and empower our society. Read more..
Funded by a grant awarded by Kensington & Chelsea Council’s Culture Department, Unsung Black Heroes centred on photographing black unsung heroes from the Worlds End & Cremorne Estates in Chelsea. All heroes were nominated by the local community for their outstanding contribution to society.
Matt Uberoi, who organised the project and exhibition as Community Project Manager at the Chelsea Theatre, said: “Local teachers and community workers rightfully deserve their place next to important historical black figures such as Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks because their work is just as important to our community”.
Portraits of our Unsung Black Heroes were exhibited in the newly refurbished Chelsea Theatre on the Worlds End Estate between Monday 26 October and Saturday 31 October during Black History Month.
Owing to COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions, the exhibition is also displayed online through a dedicated website throughout the year to reach a wider audience. This can be found at www.unsungblackheroes.com
A Day in Your Life – Photography Competition by Alison Jackson
Date: 5 October 2020
Chelsea Theatre were delighted to exhibit the ‘A Day in Your Life’ photography competition, founded by BAFTA and award-winning artist Alison Jackson who is also a Trustee of our organisation. Read more..
The community-minded photography competition was for budding talent and aspiring photographers within the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. The photographs look to represent how best to sum up a day in the lives of residents in these extraordinary times – from celebrating Black History Month, living with disability and supporting friends, families or local businesses during lockdown.
More information about the exhibition, including details of the winners of the competition, can be found at www.dayinyourlife.co.uk
In this photo: Background: Cllr Gerrard Hargreaves the Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea and artist Allison Jackson. Foreground: Competition winners.
Light Show at Chelsea Theatre
Date: 2 October 2020
A spectacular light show from the roof of Chelsea Theatre marked the opening of Kensington and Chelsea Art Week, a Borough wide-celebration of the diversity and heritage of Art and Culture in Kensington and Chelsea. Read more..
Councillor Gerard Hargreaves, Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea, braved the rain to watch the display of coloured lights and searchlights which highlighted the Theatre and iconic towers of the World’s End Estate designed by Eric Lyons.
With the Mayor were Cllr Emma Will, Cllr Alison Jackson, a Trustee of Chelsea Theatre, Pamela Morris-Sykes, Chair of the Trustees and fellow Trustee John Rendall.
Also present were the Director of K&C Art Week, Vestalia Chilton, and the Producer Rebecca Gremmo with Jono Kenyon whose company Beam Lighting Design created the display which continued every evening for a week.
- Cllr Gerard Hargreaves, Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea
- Jono Kenyon from Beam Lighting Design adjusting the search lights
- The Light Show at the Chelsea Theatre
- Vestalia Chilton, Director of K&C Art Week
- Rebecca Gremmo, Producer of K&C Art Week, and Cllr Gerard Hargreaves, Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea