Stellar Parallax: North Kent by Paul McDevitt. Image: Paul McDevitt
UP Projects won the contract to develop and write the vision and framework for a Programme of Art in the Public Realm across North Kent as part of the Thames Gateway regeneration. Working closely with the project steering group comprising representatives from Greening the Gateway Kent & Medway, Kent County Council, CABE and the local authorities Medway, Swale, Dartford & Gravesham, we developed the vision for ARTLANDS North Kent. This included recommendations for a Portfolio of commissions and projects that responded to the unique qualities of North Kent, delivery models, fundraising options and budget forecasts. Since the strategy was completed in November 2009, we have successfully developed and written a major bid to the Art Council England, South East to fund the first two years of the programme, securing £100,000 seed funding for the project, and have developed a newly commissioned drawing by Paul McDevitt to mark the launch of Artlands North Kent.
Written by Emma Underhill, Sarah Davies and Brigid Howarth.