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Partnership for Art

Three exceptional public artworks in Kent have been shortlisted for the Liberty Kent Public Art Award – an award given by a partnership of public and private sector companies and which carries a total prize of £15,000.

Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd, Kent County Council and Futurecity have joined forces to recognise that great art is being commissioned and delivered in Kent.

The impressive number of entries reflects the high quality of public artworks in the county, which engage audiences and communities, generating interest and understanding of the environment and the community in which they are situated.

The shortlisted works illustrate the investment in cultural led regeneration in East Kent over recent years, with shortlisted entries in Margate, Folkestone and Whitstable. The shortlisted works are:

1 A K Dolven, "Out of Tune", Folkestone. Commissioned by Folkestone Triennial
2 Adam Chodzko, "Ghost", Whitstable and Queenborough. Commissioned by Whitstable Biennale
3 Sans Facon, "Iconic Site", Neon, Margate. Commissioned by Margate Arts Creativity Heritage (MACH)

The award was judged by a panel of experts headed by design guru Wayne Hemingway.

Other members of the judging panel were Mark Davy, founder of Futurecity, the UK’s most successful culture and placemaking consultancy whose projects include Battersea Power Station, Ebbsfleet Valley and the Ebbsfleet Landmark Project; Stephanie Fuller, Senior Manager for Regional Planning at Arts Council England South East; Rosa Ainley, a Kent-based writer/artist and Anna Harvey, a Young Arts Ambassador for Kent.

“We are delighted to be involved in this award and the standard of the entries is testament to the quality of public art we are lucky enough to have in Kent,” said Andrew Blevins, managing director of Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd. “The three shortlisted works are exceptional and we are very grateful to our distinguished judging panel for their hard work in assessing all the entries.”

Sally Staples, head of KCC Arts Development Unit, said: “The shortlist reflects the exciting variety of works being commissioned in the public realm in recent years. Public art has evolved to include a spectrum of artworks from the permanent sculpture through to temporary interventions and pieces with which the audience can interact directly.”

“These public works of art play an important role in enhancing the urban, suburban and rural environment of Kent.

“They also have an important economic role. The shortlisted works – as well as installations such as Tracey Emin’s work in Margate and Cornelia Parker’s in Folkestone – reflect the effort that has gone into cultural led regeneration in East Kent. Turner Contemporary in Margate, the Folkestone Triennial and the Whitstable Biennale have all proved to be successful catalysts for change.”

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