What We Do


Celebrating Community, Creativity & Achievement

Kinetika is an outdoor arts movement that focuses on producing large scale work through community out-reach and participatory projects. We run workshops, artist training, educational programmes and engagement projects with local authorities, community and arts organisations, schools, colleges and charities.

Our aim is to engage hard-to-reach and culturally deprived areas through celebrating community, creativity and achievement. We aim to inspire intercultural dialogue, form new friendships, develop civic pride and create lasting legacies.

The artwork produced through these collaborations with local people and artists creates beautiful installations, textiles, silks and costumes that everyone involved can reflect upon with a sense of pride and accomplishment.


“You really inspired the teachers, but also the local artists who worked in the primary schools. I think all who took part will remember the day for a good while yet, as will lots of the audience.“

Nicky Webb

Creative Producer – Mill Road Winter Fair 2012


Creating Lasting Legacies

Kinetika is committed to nurturing talent and providing the skills people need to grow, develop professionally and to become working artists. We offer mentoring, work placements and volunteering opportunities for local artists on every project we deliver.

We run training programmes and workshops from Primary School to post graduate level and have also developed our own bespoke carnival skills course ‘The Making of Mas’.

Many of the course participants have now set up their own businesses or been employed by Kinetika, including business and project manager Edwina Rigby.

We are working in partnership with South Essex College and The Royal Opera House to devise a programme of delivery on the new Costume Construction Degree to be launched in September 2015.

We are also developing Ali Pretty’s carnival archive at the V&A Museum to be used as an online resource.

The Kinetika Bloco is one of our proudest legacies. Having grown within Kinetika for ten years it is now an independent charity run by Tamzyn French.

Visit Kinetika Bloco here >


Bespoke Design

Kinetika Design Studio is a subsidiary of Kinetika and are industry leaders in designing for ceremonies and events – from shopping centre openings and street carnivals to stadium-sized events across the UK and internationally. We’ve worked on ceremonies for FIFA World Cup 2009, the London Paralympic Closing Ceremony and Team GB Parade in 2012, WOMAD Festival and more.

From vibrant bespoke costumes and rivers of silk, to moving mechanical structures and puppets, our designs seek to inspire and amaze audiences through the power of spectacle.

Kinetika Design Studio aims to train and build relationships with new artists through our participatory projects and professional development, in order for them to ultimately be employed and deliver their artistic skill on world class projects.

Hire a unique collection: We own a unique collection of show-stopping pieces which are available to hire. From costumes, flags and banners to giant puppets and structures, our designs can be the centrepiece of any event.

Product Development: The design studio develops the work of artists into a range of creatively-inspired, commercial products.

Find out more about the Design Studio >


 Recent Projects

  • T100 2019 Welcome to the Kitchen Table

    Participatory Projects, Projects, Walking Projects

    T100 is back for a fifth year!

  • Trailblazer 2019

    Carnival Projects, Projects, School Projects

    Royal Opera House Trailblazer schools make a carnival in a day with Kinetika

  • Neasden Temple Scrolls

    Participatory Projects, Place Making Projects, Projects

    Kinetika has been commissioned by the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir to create ten bespoke batik silk scrolls for International Women’s Day.

  • Thurrock 100 Recipes 2018

    Participatory Projects, Place Making Projects, Placemaking, Projects, School Projects, Walking Projects

    Kinetika are setting off on another series of walks around Thurrock, Southend, Gravesend and Dartford: T100 Recipes and invite you to join them.

  • Processions

    Participatory Projects, Projects

    Kinetika is delighted to have taken part in PROCESSIONS, a mass participation artwork to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave the first British women the right to vote.

  • Paddington Arts Flags

    Participatory Projects, Place Making Projects, Placemaking, Projects, School Projects

    Kinetika is working with Paddington Arts to make 12 flags for the My Paddington project.