Artist Commission


Sculptural seating to celebrate rich papermaking history

Clients: Maidstone Borough Council in association with the Town & Country Group

Artist: Jason Mulligan

FrancisKnight were appointed by Maidstone Borough Council to project manage a public art commission in association with the Town & Country Group. Hughenden Reach is a 4-year old development of riverside apartments made up of private rental and social housing in Tovil, Maidstone.  The commisison has been funded through S106 contributions.  

Town & Country Group is a housing association who provide more than 9,000 affordable homes in 22 local authority areas in Kent, Sussex, Surrey and London.  

Artist Jason Mulligan was commissioned to produce a sculptural seat that has been placed in a communal gardens at the development.  Jason ran a workshop with residents and took part in a family day as the seat was unveiled.   

This new public art work celebrates the history of the areas associated with paper making in Kent, with several of its most renowned paper mills situated in close proximity to the River Medway in Tovil.  Ragstone and Portland Limestone were incorporated into the final design with the small origami boat carved from a block of Portland Limestone. 

“FrancisKnight worked with Town & Country to commission public art for the community garden at the Hughenden Reach development.  Their expertise and professional approach were instrumental in commissioning artist Jason Mulligan, who worked with residents to produce a sculptural seat.  This commission enabled Town & Country to open the garden, improve planting and help create a space for residents to enjoy the views of the River Medway.” Jackie Sumner, Head of Community Investment.

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