Artist Nayan Kulkarni and I were invited by Ashford Borough Council to develop a series of proposal ideas through research and consultation to inform their cultural vision for Ashford. Ashford Arts Manifesto emerged through discussion and workshops with artists, performers, writers, cultural partners, funders, independent organisations and council members in Kent. We used a variety of case studies and text-based activities to stimulate debate around a vision to support and grow artist-led and commission activity in the area.