The Liberty Kent Public Art Award was born out of a desire to encourage public art in Kent - a goal shared by its sponsors, Kent County Council (KCC) and Liberty Property Trust UK (Liberty). 2011 is the Award's 17th anniversary.
Founded in 1994, the Award was evaluated by an independent art consultant funded by Arts Council England. One recommendation for the 'new-look Award' was that it should be biennial to allow commissioners and their artists more time to complete their works. The Award recognises the best example of public art commissioned and completed in the county. The purpose of the Award is to focus public attention on the benefits of public art and to stimulate the commissioning of new work in Kent. 2011 sees the launch of the Award's new brand, website and a switch from spring to autumn for judging and the award ceremony.