Art At The Centre
Arts led Regeneration
FrancisKnight were appointed by Maidstone Borough Council to curate and project manage Art at the Centre.
Art at the Centre was a flagship Arts Council England project aimed at supporting new creative initiatives in the heart of Maidstone focused around the development of a proposed Artists' Quarter.
We curated a three year programme of activity, managing a £250,000 + budget and attracting £115,000 of additional funding. We commissioned 28 new pieces of work, worked with over 200 artists and built new partnerships between the independent and creative sectors. Arts Council England, South East appointed the General Public Agency who specialised in spatial, social and cultural analysis for the Developments to evaluate the project.
Artist Quarter Quarterly 2007
FrancisKnight created the concept of The Artists' Quarter Quarterly (AQQ), a unique publication consisting of five quarterly booklets highlighting and celebrating the people, places, events and activities located within a proposed Artists' Quarter in Maidstone.
Mark Hewitt writer, director and producer was commissioned as Editor and worked directly with FrancisKnight to commission artists and writers to contribute to the publications.
Commissioned artists included: Danielle Wright, Rob Nice, Pamela Rana, Mark Barnes, Cathy Rogers, Ralph Steadman, Craig Griffin, Marcus Vater, Claire Mulhall, John Rogers, Elisabet Vrynhildardóttir, Nicholette Goff, Jamie Gare and Louise Burgess.
With the first AQQ being banned and our final AQQ V featuring a front cover by Ralph Steadman, we certainly caused a stir.........
Artist's Don't Bite
FrancisKnight commissioned Margherita Gramegna a video-media artist, writer, director and producer to create a film to showcase the work of creatives living and working in Maidstone.
'Artists don't Bite' was a vox-pop style street film featuring interviews with a cross section of creatives who were invited to pitch their dreams and ideas for an Artists' Quarter. The 10 minute show reel offers a small taster of the talent and ideas that the film has generated and includes dancers, musicians, poets and artists.
FrancisKnight created the concept of Creative Maidstone; a billboard, publication and exhibition campaign aimed at questioning the public’s perception of ‘What is a Creative?’ and highlighting and celebrating the sometimes many hidden talents that Maidstone had to offer in this sector.
FrancisKnight commissioned photographer Manu Palomeque to take environmental portraits of thirty creative people who lived or worked in Maidstone and writer Mark Hewitt, interviewed each creative to accompany the images.
Pyrotechnics by The World Famous