Kent Creative is run by Nathalie Banaigs
French-born, Nathalie has over 25 years’ experience in project management in the media, arts and culture industry. She first pursued a career in television in France and in the UK before dedicating her focus on the wider creative community in Kent.
She has been living in the UK since 2000, is bi-lingual, and is now Faversham based where she founded Kent Creative in 2009, with a track record in project and programme design, facilitation and delivery. She set it up as a Community Interest Company, an appropriate and useful model that fitted her values and social purposes.
Nathalie believes that creativity, arts and culture matter in society. They offer opportunities that contribute positively to our individual and community quality of life. Nathalie is keen to encourage engagement with the arts and culture, and to promote individuals and organisations contributing to the cultural life of Kent. She is also a practicing artist.
She believes that helping to bring out the best in others, working with them and supporting them, will help achieve positive change. She says: “For me, life is about people. It is crucial to connect and engage with others. People make things happen.”
” I am driven by:
. the desire to work towards positive change in the creative community;
. the belief that the value of creativity, arts and culture in Kent should be widely recognized for their contribution to businesses and our economy ;
. the desire to support entrepreneurial trends amongst creatives and help them realise their full potential;
. the desire to create fruitful connections between arts and business;
. the belief that culture does raise the profile of the county. The Canterbury Festival, Turner Contemporary and Broadstairs Folk Week, to name just three, have successfully helped to establish Kent as a destination for culture, energizing local economy.”
Here she talks about other motivations.
“My mother, Colette, now elderly and unwell, was an artist, art teacher and museum curator. My father, Jean, was a scientist with a strong interest in culture. They both had a huge influence on me, in many ways, leading me to believe that arts and culture are deeply rooted in our society and in every day life. They are a crucial part of our identity. The education my parents provided me with generated a strong desire to surround myself with culture.
Kent Creative is what it is today because of two golden moments I experienced since I have been living in England:
Golden Moment 1: A networking event when a life coach asked everyone to think of their ‘Golden Moment’ in their professional lives. At that time, I had just completed A Year in the Life of Faversham in 2008 and was still recovering from the sheer joy I felt when the show first opened. The level of satisfaction triggered by its success made it jump up in my mind and I identified the preview evening as my golden moment. The life coach then suggested that we worked on re-creating that moment. Which I did, developing more 365 projects; and I experienced sheer joy again!
Golden Moment 2: A writing course with Crista Cloutier. Crista told us the story of Alfred Nobel (the inventor of dynamite) whose death was announced by mistake, followed by obituaries stating “The merchant of death is dead”. So he would be remembered for something positive instead, he created the Nobel Prize. To help us write our own story, Crista asked us to write our own obituary: what would we want people to read in the newspaper after our death? Very revealing! Well, what I do now at Kent Creative is what I wrote in that obituary.
Nathalie is passionate about helping people in the community to see eachother and themselves. Her work has created opportunities for other photographers to sell their work and she has spearheaded many exhibitions for local and surrounding communities to see what is worth celebrating on their doorstep. She is very positive and full of infectious enthusiasm for drawing people together and accomplishing real change objectives by using her art as a means to an end. Aside from her work, Nathalie is approachable, easy to work with and a pleasure to be around. I wish her the very best now and in the future and hope that one day we might be able to accomplish a project together.
Lloyd Hobbard-Mitchell – www.stoppedandstared.com
Nathalie is a focused and dynamic innovator! She makes things happen and is adept at forging links between artists.
Caroline Lamoon – Rising Moon Theatre Company