Eclectic art in a business context in Kings Hill

Eclectic art in a business context in Kings Hill

Office buildings at Kings Hill are to showcase the work of professional artists from the South East region and London. This exhibition forms part of an initiative between developer Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd and Arts & Business which aims to enhance the workplace through art.

The artists have been selected by two curators and will feature a range of works, including paintings, sculptures and photographs. They will be exhibited in the reception areas of the park’s flagship offices for three months, after which the exhibition will change. There will be a private view on Wednesday 18th March following which the works will be displayed for employees and visitors to enjoy.

This is the second exhibition – the first opened in December and was hailed as a tremendous success.

Artists being showcased in this new exhibition are Nicholette Goff, Joanna Jones and Nigel Green, Christian Funnell, Alan Rankle, Irene Marot and Guy Archard. Curated by Christine Gist and June Frickleton, the works will be on show in 30 Tower View, 4 Abbey Wood Road, 11 Tower View, 35 and 39 Kings Hill Avenue.

“The first exhibition was a tremendous success and the curators have selected some very exciting works for the new show,” said Caroline Binns, associate director marketing and leasing of Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd.

“The objective of the initiative is to create a welcoming and stimulating working environment through the inclusion of art and encourage both employees and businesses to have a wider understanding of the arts and how it can relate to a business environment. Employees and the general public are welcome to visit to find out more about the artists and to purchase direct from them or through the curators.”

Liberty Property Trust has had a long involvement with the arts, commissioning many sculptures in the business, residential and community areas of Kings Hill. It founded the Rouse Kent Public Art Award with Kent County Council for the best piece of public art in the county, which is now held biannually. Many works have already been nominated for the 2009 award, which has recruited Janet Street-Porter as chair of the judging panel. "Arts & Business South East is delighted to be working in partnership with Liberty Property Trust on this ambitious project,” said Jane Chambers, regional director, Arts & Business South East. “The demand for visual art initiatives amongst South East businesses has been increasing recently.

“Through our consultancy work and our new 'VISUAL' service for businesses, A&B helps its clients reap the benefits of exhibiting and commissioning high quality contemporary art."

Kings Hill is a thriving community with around 6,000 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.

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