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Kind Places & Spaces

Kind Places & Spaces – Designing innovative ideas to spark kindness in the community

People United’s Kind Places & Spaces project explores the positive impact that creative art & design can have in community spaces with six artist proposals. They are particularly interested in looking at how creative interventions might spread positive messages, bring people together and encourage communities to think or behave in a pro-social way.



How did the collaboration come about?

People United held an open Call for Creative Ideas, over 50 individuals and collectives submitted their proposals. Six were commissioned to develop their ideas further including designs for a Kindness Dispenser, homemade billboards exploring hope, a toolkit for ‘do it yourself’ temporary street markings that offer opportunities for play while social distancing, a soaring architectural seating structure that encourages people to interact, a Shop of Kindness and a Kindfulness Space. The results include new visual artworks, design drawings, poetry, and writing.


What were the most important factors that contributed to the success of this project?

Awaiting information


Project funding

The project was funded by Canterbury City Council and Arts Council NPO.


Will the project continue beyond COVID-19 lockdown?

People United are looking for partners who are interested in collaborating with them and the artists to realise one or more of the ideas in bespoke settings. Please get in contact with People United.

In order of importance, please choose the relevant factors that contributed to the success of this project?

Response to need
Response to COVID-19
The 'big' idea
Social impact
Delivery of Project
Combination of skill sets
Combination of participants
Volunteer support
Existing relationships
Available funding