Reboot Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope

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Reboot Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope

Reboot Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope

Jon Alexander By Jon Alexander

The Kaleidoscope has huge potential, which a little money would unlock. We want to restore the original vision, bringing colour and presence to the building, and making its presence known in the town.

Sevenoaks Idea stage

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We will reboot The Kaleidoscope as Sevenoaks' library, museum and gallery: making the most of the concept to make it work for the town like The Beaney for Canterbury, The Amelia for Tunbridge Wells, The Towner for Eastbourne. We will bring the name to life, bringing colour to the building, creating a presence in the town centre, and unlocking its potential to play a crucial role for the town. At present, the area "behind the high street" where The Kaleidoscope sits is underused and underloved. The original vision in 2006 was that The Kaleidoscope would help resolve this, but it too has been underloved. After Covid, it has never been more important to expand Sevenoaks town centre to incorporate this space. The original vision was for a colourful building, hung with banners and clearly named; for posters and signage and painted walkways to invite traffic and inspire imaginations. With a little money, we can bring this vision to life, and unlock the potential of this amazing asset.

What we'll deliver:

  • Create an artwork naming the building to be installed on its northern face
  • Create a conceptual artwork banner to be hung on its western face, on existing hooks
  • Create a new visual identity bringing colour and energy to the building inside and out
  • Paint walkways on the pavement to lead through from the town centre
  • Install artworks in the sites originally created for the purpose on the side of Boots
  • Hold a weekend "art festival" in the town centre to relaunch The Kaleidoscope
  • Host a market stall promoting The Kaleidoscope in the town centre every Saturday throughout the summer

Why it's a great idea:

Rebooting The Kaleidoscope is about spending a tiny amount of money to unlock the impact of a huge amount of money that was spent back in 2006, but never leveraged. It will give visitors a major new reason to come to Sevenoaks, and to stay longer and spend more when they do. It will give local residents a new community asset. It will promote art and the imagination. It will create new volunteering and work opportunities, and provide a new space for education. Most importantly, it will in effect expand Sevenoaks town centre, bringing a long underloved area of town into its core.

Steps to get it done:

Location Sevenoaks

About the space

Kaleidoscope sphere of influence


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