Kinetika is an internationally renowned, female-led company with a 25-year track record of combining world-class bespoke designs on large-scale hand-painted silks with community projects to produce spectacular outdoor events that engage diverse audiences wherever we work. Founded by artist Ali Pretty in 1997, inspired by her training in carnival arts in Trinidad and India, Kinetika now has an unrivalled reputation for working with local communities on projects that change the way people feel about where they live. Based in Purfleet-on-Thames since 2014, Kinetika delivers activity both at ‘home’ in Thurrock and ‘away’ across the UK and abroad.
Kinetika is currently comprised of two branches, a charitable arm — Kinetika People and a commercial arm — Kinetika Design Studio.
Kinetika People is known for its high-quality engagement work around place-making. It runs outdoor participatory programmes, including an annual walking arts festival (T100), school workshops and artist training schemes. Kinetika People aims to nurture emerging artistic talent, engage communities, and raise aspirations wherever it works, creating a new sense of place and possibility for all those who live there.
The commercial arm, Kinetika Design Studio has been commissioned to design and create bespoke silks for ceremonies forming part of high-profile events including, but not limited to, the Atlanta Olympics 1996, FIFA World Cup Ceremonies 2009, the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympics for London 2012, the Milan Expo and The Royal Opera House Deloitte Festival in 2015, and The Platinum Jubilee Pageant 2022.
In 2014, Kinetika moved from London to its current studio at High House Production Park in Thurrock. Purfleet-on-Thames has provided a base for conducting eight years of community-led activity and high-quality artistic work in the borough, predominantly through the annual T100 Festival delivered each year since 2015. This event has served as a model for international partners and has been successfully replicated and developed regionally, nationally, and internationally including in Ethiopia (Link Ethiopia 2016), Kolkata, India (Re:Imagine India 2017), and Valparaiso, Chile 2018.
Kinetika is at an exciting stage in its growth journey. The company has renewed funding as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) for 2023-2026, and is planning to use that period to scale programmes and establish new initiatives. Specifically, there are currently plans to develop a third branch, Kinetika Women, a new foundation as a third strand to support women from underrepresented backgrounds start and sustain careers as creative leaders.