Safer Streets Art Project

Background

Maidstone Borough Council has been allocated funding from the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott, through the Safer Streets Fund, to implement a number of safety improvements around the town centre and Brenchley Gardens district. The money will go towards a variety of projects including improvements to CCTV, more youth outreach workers, community engagement events, self-defence classes and personal safety equipment for women and girls.

Safer Streets will also help to support residents and businesses in the town along with the night-time economy in the town centre and will be encouraging everyone to play their part to make Maidstone a safe place to be.

As part of this, the Council is seeking to develop an arts engagement project to connect with young people in the town and provide an opportunity for them to make a positive contribution to the local community.

Artist's Brief

We are looking for an artist, or artists, to work with a group of young people to create a series of temporary artworks for installation on empty shopfronts in the town centre. Artists are free to work in any medium for the workshops, but please bear in mind the final artworks will be printed onto vinyls and will need to be supplied to us in a suitable digital format.

We would like the new artworks to celebrate Maidstone and the diversity of our communities. The artist will encourage the young people to share their ideas and experiences of living and growing up in Maidstone, including what they are most proud of and other positive messages they want to share.

To receive further details about this opportunity, and how to apply, please email annmarielangley@maidstone.gov.uk

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