Kings Hill is to provide a boost to South East artists by organising exhibitions of their work in its flagship office buildings.
Developer Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd is launching the new art initiative in collaboration with Arts & Business and has appointed two curators to select artworks to display in the entrance lobbies of a number of the office buildings on site.
The exhibitions will be refreshed every three months and there will be a private showing to launch each exhibition, when people from the wider business community will be able to view the artworks. The first private viewing will be on 4th December.
The first two exhibitions are Blurring Reality and Connections. Blurring Reality, which will be in 11 Tower View, 35 Kings Hill Avenue and 39 Kings Hill Avenue, has been curated by Christine Gist and will show work by Marcus Haydock, Julie Taylor-Goodman, Katie Welsford and Sara Wicks. Connections, curated by June Frickleton, will be in 4 Abbey Wood Road and 30 Tower View and will show work by Hazel Brook, Dominic Belorgey, Steve Geliot and Tone Holmen.
“This project is part of our developing arts programme and we wanted to bring art into the workplace to enhance the office space for employees and visitors, as well as support the artists,” said organiser Wendy Smitherman of Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd. “We will be exhibiting a mix of paintings, photography and sculpture, most of which will be for sale.
“We have had great support from Arts & Business and the curators have chosen an exciting selection of artworks for our first exhibition. As a committed supporter of the arts, we hope that this will be a great showcase for the artists and their work, details of which will be available from via www.kings-hill.com.”
Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd founded the Rouse Kent Public Art Award 15 years ago in conjunction with Kent County Council. It is held bi-annually and carries a substantial prize. The next award will be 2009.
Kings Hill is a thriving community with around 4,000 people living in the residential village and 15% of all households have at least one person employed by a business on site. Around 100 companies are based at Kings Hill, ranging from international and national corporates to SMEs.
There is a good range of shops, restaurants, a pub and coffee shop in Liberty Square, together with the usual 'High Street' amenities, such as a dry cleaners, post ‘n packing warehouse, florist, hairdressers, chemist, luxury clothes and gift shop, card shop, opticians, dentist, vet, estate agents and recruitment agency which serve both the business and residential communities at Kings Hill.
A 90,000 sq ft David Lloyd Leisure racquets, health and fitness club opened in 2006 and there is also an 18-hole PGA golf course, a day nursery and University of Greenwich conference centre.