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Life at Kings Hill to be immortalised by art students

A group of talented Kent art and design students are spending time at Kings Hill so that they can create a series of artworks chronicling everyday life there, the results of which will form part of an exhibition.

The project aims to capture images of Kings Hill ‘through fresh eyes’ and build a picture for future generations. It is a collaboration between Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd, the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) and placemaking consultancy Futurecity and is being delivered in three phases – this being the second.

Second year Graphic Design : Visual Communication students from UCA are exploring how people live, work, play, shop, visit and inhabit the development and translating their findings into a series of mediums, including environmental design such as signage; print making in various forms and screen-based design, such as website, app creation and time based media.

UCA lecturer Hugh Harwood, who is leading this phase of the project, said: “This is a very exciting project for us and a great opportunity for our students to put their skills into practice,” he said. “They are visiting Kings Hill to absorb the atmosphere and see how people live their lives, and our plan is to exhibit the finished work in the Control Tower at Kings Hill later this year.”

The first phase of the project – called Kings Hill Sense of Place Documentary – involved film and video students from UCA chatting to people living and working at Kings Hill and filming various events. This has already been completed and the third phase, scheduled for the summer, will see the students’ work developed into exhibition form. 

Liberty is providing bursaries to some of the students to help with expenses relating to travel, specialist materials and production costs. 

“As a company we are committed supporters of the arts – particularly public art – and we are delighted that life at Kings Hill is being recorded in this way so that future generations can get a taste of what life was like in 2012/2013,” said Liberty’s managing director, Andrew Blevins.

“People living and working here have been very generous in giving their time and support to the project and we are looking forward to seeing the finished exhibition later this year.”

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