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Giant silver ball on show

Around a hundred people living in and around Kings Hill attended an exhibition staged by a group of students from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA).

A few days earlier the six fine art media students had pushed a six foot silver ball from Kings Hill to Mereworth Castle – a journey of about a mile – which they filmed and photographed as part of their degree projects.

The ball replicated the silver ball of the iconic “A Different Ball Game’ sculpture by Kevin Atherton at Kings Hill, which has become synonymous with the development. It was pushed along the course of the original drive to Grade 1 listed Palladian Mereworth Castle which, although no longer visible, runs through Kings Hill.

The idea behind the project was to link the past to the future and, as well as being for the students’ degree is also part of the university’s cultural collaboration with Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd.

The exhibition was held at 30 Tower View, Kings Hill and included the large silver ball, a film and photographs of the ‘ball push’, a mixed media tapestry, a collection of different sized silver spheres, postcards and origami flowers.

The students involved in the project were Elin Karlsson, Fleur Alston, Jane Sellman, Caroline Smith, Louise Gage and Hayley Burgess, and, said Jane Sellman, holding the exhibition was an opportunity to link the local community with the historical roots of Kings Hill. She added that the pieces highlighted aspects of the development’s heritage and identity.

“In the Fine Art Media courses at Maidstone UCA we are actively encouraging more and more ‘live projects’ where students collaborate with different people and spaces, while exploring exciting ways of developing their work in a ‘real’ context,” said Conor Kelly, Acting Course Leader Fine Art Media University for the Creative Arts, Maidstone.

“This show was entirely created and installed by the students and Liberty has provided a great springboard for us at UCA to develop these strategies with the students through various projects. With a number of different projects planned over the next year these activities and events will eventually feed into Liberty's own marketing in a myriad of ways.”

Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd is developing a cultural collaboration with UCA and plans to stage exhibitions and events to mark the site’s history and transformation into a world class mixed use development. This project will include exhibitions on what it is like to live at Kings Hill today.
Andrew Blevins, managing director of Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd, said: “The ‘ball push’ was a great example of an unexpected event in an unexpected place and we felt it was an exciting way to start our collaboration with the university.
“The exhibition will provide an early view of the sort of images that the photography project is producing in the research and reconnaissance phase. We were pleased to provide a venue within one of our office buildings at Kings Hill.”

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