Louise Francis and Laura Knight, both trained visual arts practitioners with more than 25 years’ experience in the arts, are the creative directors behind FrancisKnight. Set up in 2004, FrancisKnight is an independent, grassroots business that collaborates with artists and organisations to produce public realm projects that inspire whole communities.
The contemporary arts practice produces, delivers and manages high quality, permanent and temporary, cross-art form projects that develop relationships, engage new audiences and showcase professional practice.
FrancisKnight has project-managed prestigious arts events including award-winning Chatham Vines by artist John Newling, who planted 32 pinot noir grape vines in the central aisle of disused St John’s Church. At night the church was lit from within and two cameras continuously streamed images of the project to a dedicated website. After a year the grapes were harvested and made into wine, which was used in the Easter Sunday Eucharist Service at Rochester Cathedral.
FrancisKnight were appointed by Kent Architecture Centre as the Creative Producers for Urban Fringe. Urban Fringe was a pilot project to deliver four creative commissions in the ‘fringes’ of Medway and Swale giving artists time and space to develop celebratory interventions that captured and explored the relationships between artists, place and communities – their values and customs.
FrancisKnight have recently curated Leydsown Rose-tinted, an arts led regeneration project for Swale Borough Council. Eleven permanent public realm commissions include a new rose garden, seating, signage and an innovative seaside lighting scheme for the coastal town on the Isle of Sheppey.
FrancisKnight is based in Maidstone and delivers projects in north Kent and across the southeast. For more information please visit http://www.francisknight.co.uk