Kings Hill becomes art
As a keen supporter and funder of arts projects in Kent for more than 20 years, Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd has received the ultimate accolade from a Turner prizewinner.
Kings Hill has been immortalised by Grayson Perry in ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’, a series of six tapestries depicting class mobility. They feature life in the upper, middle and lower classes and Kings Hill was the inspiration for middle class life.
The development also featured in the accompanying Channel Four TV programme, with several of the residents taking part in the film and included in the tapestry. It is hoped the work will be on show at Kings Hill in due course.
Several of the Kings Hill sculptures also featured on the TV programme, including the iconic silver ball ‘A Different Ball Game’; ‘Tug of War’, a bronze sculpture of children and a dog and the most recent installation, ‘Guardian Figure’.
“As a masterplanning developer, we have always taken the long view and an holistic approach to creating new communities,” said Andrew Blevins, managing director of Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd. “We invest in the soft and social infrastructure of our developments, and believe that public art is a vital element of successful placemaking.
“Kings Hill is a prime example of Liberty’s approach, given that the whole development retains its freshness and interest, with the more established parts remaining as vibrant as the new and ongoing development.
Kings Hill resident Kate Pinnell, who runs a recruitment business with her husband Simon, was one of the people interviewed by Grayson Perry and was seen on TV showing him around her house.
“It is great that Kings Hill is being recognised in the tapestries and I was very pleased to be asked to take part,” she said. “People here have bought into a lifestyle and have a vested interest in making the community work, and the artworks are an important element in the pride we take in our surroundings.”
Every two years, Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd – together with Kent County Council – funds and organises the Liberty Kent Public Art Award for the best public artwork created in the county, which carries a total prize of £15,000. It also stages regular art exhibitions in the office buildings and has commissioned many sculptures for both the residential and business areas of the development.