Last week we attended the Kent Construction Expo at Detling Hill Showground. We are also member of the Kent Construction Focus Group (KCFG). Go us! It’s an interesting environment for us to be in, mixing with Kent based architects, planners, local authorities and of course construction companies.
As far as we know we are the only public art consultants, so it’s always an interesting pitch, describing what we do and how we do it. They are a friendly bunch and receptive to art in terms of placemaking and community engagement.
This part of the story we rarely tell. How do we get to work on those big developments coming forward, how do we convince developers to part with budgets to bring artists into the process of building new homes and neighbourhoods? It takes a lot of determination, lots of advocacy, lots of presentations, meetings, networking and finally we secure a contract and can start to invite artists in.
Being part of KCFG and attending the Kent Construction Expo gives us the opportunity to meet and chat to the companies undertaking the kind of wok we’re interested in getting involved in. Thanks for being so welcoming.