The 2016 Portobello Pavilion tied in with UK Refugee Week, celebrating the benefits of cultural exchange and explores the theme of "places where people live". The structure was conceived by conflict artist Arabella Dorman as a tribute to the Coptic Church which had been built on the Calais migrant camp. It was built by a diverse group of young British fine artists and members of the local community.

Over 3,000 people took part in drop-in arts activities which explored the origins, and the vibrant history and future of the many cultures which make up Powis Square. In addition to the structure itself and its associated activities  a range of special events were organised.

Later in 2016 the French CRS Police burned the Calais Coptic Church to the ground, however the wood from our Pavilion was re-used in Dmitri Galitzine's installation in North Woolwich - "A ship (to sail away)" on the site of the Harland & Woolf shipyard.




Tuesday 14 June 3 - 6pm

Drop in Session

“Opposites" camera project

with Albert Kueh


If you live locally, come by Powis Square to see the build in progress and receive a camera, along with a special mission, from Portobello Wall artist Albert Kueh.



Tuesday 14 June 10 - 4pm -  Drop in Session


Painting with Arabella Dorman


Pull on your painting clothes and come down to Powis Square to help conflict artist Arabella Dorman paint and decorate a colourful re-imagining of the Sudanese Tent.



Friday 17 June 3 - 5pm -  Open to all event


Claymaking with J Kay Aplin


Try your hand at making a little clay house in a project set up by The Ceramic Empress -   J Kay Aplin



Friday 17 June 7- 8.30pm -  Bookable Event

Breaking Bread with Ishmahil Blagrove


Documentary film maker and activist Ishmahil Blagrove, is joined by Charlie Philips and Lesley Palmer, to talk about the international origins of carnival and its influence on British music. Light supper offered.  Click here to book.



Sat 18, Fri 24 June 12 - 6pm -

Drop-in Session


Meet the Arc with Maudie Fraser


Writer and documentarist Maudie Fraser  explains the journey of The Arc and the inspiration behind it. Maudie Fraser was with Arabella Dorman in Lesbos, and went on the road to document the journeys of families fleeing conflict.



Saturday 18 June 1- 2pm -  Drop-in Session


Sing to Live, Live to Sing!


Discover how group singing can benefit those going through difficult or isolating moments in life with Kensington and Chelsea's friendly and supportive singing groups. A 20-30 minute workshop will be followed by a group performance featuring existing members.



Sunday 19 June 1- 5pm -  Drop-in Session


Charlie Phillips; Windrush Stories


For a second year we are pleased to welcome back Charlie Philips who will lead discussion and art making exploring Windrush stories; tales from the “first migration” of the British Caribbean community.



Saturday 19 June 4 - 6pm -  Drop-in Session


The Traveling Tea Party


Join us for an early evening cup of mint tea and Moroccan inspired print making.



Mon 20, Tues 21 June 4pm- 6pm

Bookable Event

Drawing Nature, in the City

Love urban green space? Learn how Powis Square went from being private land to a public square and learn to draw it in pencil, pastels and watercolours with Anne-Laure Carruth (urban adventurer/Shifting Sands) and Anna Holder.   Places are limited.

Click here to book



Mon 20, Tues 21 June 4 -5.30pm

Sports for All

Sports sessions with Queens Park Rangers


To say thanks for taking over half the sports pitch at Powis Square to host the Pavilion, the InTRANSIT team have joined up with Queens Park Rangers to offer free multi sports sessions to local young people. Just turn up!



Monday 20 June 7 -8.30pm - Bookable Event

Breaking Bread  -

with Architects For Social Housing

V&A artist in residence alumnus Constantine Gras, Geraldine Dening, senior lecturer at De Montfort University and founder of  ASH, and Piers Thompson, broadcaster discuss the relationships between artist, resident and architect. Light supper offered.

Click here to book.



Tues 21-Thurs 23 Sat 25 June 3 - 6pm

Open to all event


Housing Places -  with Constantine Gras

Following on from Monday night's breaking bread session, V&A artist in residence alumnus Constantine Gras leads hands-on creative activities exploring architecture, design and model making.



Wednesday 22 June 2 - 4pm -

Bookable Event

 different pasts, shared futures -

Caro Millington


Join Caro to create a multi media art piece embracing a many techniques and media, from lino cuts to applique, sculpture and painting in oil, egg tempera, water colour in celebration of the theme.

Click here to book



Wednesday 22 June 7 - 8.30pm -

Bookable Event

Breaking Bread

with Arabella Dorman and Maudie Frasier


Conflict artist Arabella Dorman and writer Maudie Fraser talk about the origins of this year’s Portobello Pavilion and their experiences in Syrian refugee camps which lead to its creation. Light supper offered. Click Here to Book.



Friday 24 June 3 - 6pm - Open to all event


Arc Works


Did you we have created special work packs of the Arc? Come and join is on Friday 24th June for an afternoon of creating and making with our custom made Arc resources.



Friday 24 June 7 - 8.30pm - Bookable Event

Breaking Bread with Shifting Sands

Anne-Laure Carruth and Lucy Engleheart share  tales of epic adventures around the Levant in their vintage landrover, which  was helped along the way by artisans, mechanics and welcoming people as they traversed North Africa and the Middle East. Light supper offered. Click Here to Book.



Saturday 25 June 1- 5pm -  Drop-in Session


community collage with Peter Dunn


Peter Dunn leads in the creation of a community collage exploring the crossing of borders and the coming together of cultures.



Saturday 25 June 7 - 8.30pm -


Bookable Event


Breaking Bread with Maudie Fraser


Writer and documentary maker Maudie Fraser shares her experiences of travelling on the road with refugees fleeing conflict zones via Greece. Light supper offered.     Click Here to Book.



Sunday 26 June 1- 5pm -


Open to all event


Carl Gabriel presents


We are very pleased to welcome back Carl Gabriel. Carl is a resident carnivalist at the Yaa Centre. He is renowned for his wire sculptures. This process has taken Carl and Lynette to countries and venues including, America, India, German, National Museums and Galleries.



Sunday 26 June 3- 7pm -


Open to all event


Music with Nial


This year we are joined by Niles 'Asheber' Hailstones, founder of Roots Renaissance and Band/Collective Leader at Asheber & The Afrikan Revolution Drop by Powis Square for free music workshops suitable for all ages.