The mystery of the missing sign

On a dark and stormy Autumn night, something spooky was happening on the A56 at Wysick Hill, between Earby and Thornton-in-Craven.  A newly installed boundary sign, created by Yorkshire photographic artist Mary Woolf, mysteriously disappeared, leaving only the solitary pole it had been mounted on. It was one of 16 boundary signs commissioned by FrancisKnight on behalf of Craven District Council for Great Places Lakes & Dales (GPLD) that were installed in September. 

The unexplained vanishing was marked by artist Philip M Jonathan, whose drawing of the melancholic, lonely pole left behind, raised the question – who removed it?  And why?

A Craven District Council spokesman said: “We’re still investigating the mystery of the missing sign. If it is not returned then we will have to consider replacing it."

Stolen, borrowed, or simply lost? As chilling winter mist descends on the landscape, fifteen signs remain. For now….or will the phantom strike again? 

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The Two of Us

October 2019 marks 15 years in business - an achievement worth celebrating....

Here we reflect on past projects and how we have changed!

For our first project FrancisKnight were appointed by ArtOffice and Medway Council to work with international artist John Newling on the public art project Chatham Vines in St John’s Church, Chatham which went on to win the Rouse Kent Public Art Award for 2006.  

2008, FrancisKnight were commissioned by Maidstone Borough Council to deliver Art at the Centre, an Arts Council England, South East pioneering awards scheme.

In 2009, FrancisKnight were appointed Project Managers for Leysdown Rose-tinted, working alongside Swale Borough Council to lead and deliver an arts in regeneration scheme on the eastern tip of the Isle of Sheppey, Kent. The project subsequently received a Certificate of Commendation from the Royal Society of Public Health, Health and Art Awards 2010.

Working with artist Nicole Mollett and Cathy Bird on a community workshop for Leysdown Rose-tinted.

2012:  Pop-up arts space project with Making Art Work, Union Street, Maidstone.

November 2014, public art commission for Gravesham Borough Council: artist Douglas Jennings (ARBS) bronze statue of Squadron Leader Mahinder Singh Pujji reflecting his days of service in the RAF. The Pujji Memorial received The Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture 2015.

2015, IN-SITE public art project, studio visit to see artist Nicola Flower. The project subsequently received the Culture, Design and Tourism Award 2015 for Visual Arts.

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                                           And now...

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Public art signage project celebrates Yorkshire Dales

Last month, 16 stunning boundary signs commissioned by FrancisKnight on behalf of Craven District Council for Great Place: Lakes & Dales were sensitively installed in the beautiful landscape - in place for the 2019 Cycling World Road Championships on 22nd September. Created by Yorkshire photographic artist Mary Woolf and produced by Morelock Signs in Wolverhampton, the signs, on key roads, were part of a project with Craven District Council and Great Place: Lakes & Dales to mark the Craven district boundary and celebrate the distinctiveness of the breathtaking landscape. In exploring the district, Mary became interested in the ridges and skylines, creating a panoramic view that is split into four along the N/E/S/W lines, from which she produced 4 signage designs that depict the outstanding natural beauty of the areas highlighting Bentham, Buckden, Skipton and Wigglesworth all with their own distinct key features. 


Image: Mary Woolf

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FrancisKnight has moved!

FrancisKnight has moved! We are still at the Business Terrace, Maidstone but in a different office and delighted to be sharing a workspace with young entrepreneur Ben Towers and Roger Williams, Founder and Managing Director of Intelligent Linking. Our new light, white environment is perfect for working creatively - and making plans to celebrate our 15th anniversary in October. More to follow.....

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