Claire Knights Wiki – Claire Knights Biography
Artist Claire Knights, 54, disappeared while walking her dog on Wednesday, August 23. Agents are treating the artist’s disappearance as suspicious and a possible murder. She was last seen in the village of Upstreet near Canterbury, Kent. Her car, a silver Suzuki, has since been found parked on Shuart Lane in St Nicholas-at-Wade, near Birchington. She is believed to have walked from there to the Minnis Bay area of Birchington, where she was reportedly seen later that afternoon. Police found her brown and white spaniel wandering the beach alone on Wednesday. The 54-year-old man’s disappearance is now considered suspicious and a possible murder. On Thursday (August 24), police say a man in his 20s from Margate was arrested on suspicion of murder. In a statement, Kent police said: “Officers responded to a location near Minnis Bay, Birchington, where they found a woman dead.”
Kent Police were alerted by a member of the public shortly after 7 p.m. m. on Friday, August 25, 2023 and patrols are currently in place. ‘Formal identification has yet to take place, however the family of a 54-year-old woman reported missing on Upstreet on Wednesday August 23 is aware. ‘The death is being treated as suspicious and on Thursday 24 August a man in his 20s from Margate was arrested on suspicion of murder. “There will be an increased police presence in the area while investigations into the circumstances are carried out.” A friend, who has known Claire for 54 years, said: “The last time I saw Claire was three weeks ago and she seemed fine. She seemed the same as always. I feel like something terrible has happened to her. I am very upset about that. We are absolutely devastated.” The friend, who asked not to be named, said Claire is a talented sculptor who has won awards for her work. And she added: “She’s an unbelievably good artist and not commercial at all: her work comes straight from her heart.” It’s deep. ‘She deserves some recognition. She never takes the easy way out: her work is amazing.’
Claire Knights is 54 years old.
Body found near Minnis Bay in search for missing Claire Knights
The friend described Ms. Knights as an “animal lover” who regularly cares for other people’s pets. And he added: ‘She and her partner take care of dogs. She’s a big animal lover, so it’s no surprise that she was walking her dog when she disappeared. “She’s just lovely, a very genuine person.” According to Ms. Knight’s website, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honors in 1992. She then traveled to Japan, where her artwork was selected for the prestigious Osaka Triennial Festival in 1993 and 1995. Knight claimed to be the youngest artist at the event, having beaten 10,000 entrants from 91 different countries. She won awards for her work, which allowed her to make artistic pilgrimages to Japan, South Korea, China, and Tibet, where she studied gardens, architecture, and culture. Between 1993 and 1995, Ms. Knights, who revealed on her website that she suffers from type 1 diabetes, worked as an art teacher in two prisons. She won the prestigious Royal Horticultural Show (RHS) Gold Medal and Best in Show, in the small garden category, for her collaborative work with a garden designer, in 2008.
And in 2011, she moved to East Kent, where she helped create a mobile stage out of an old caravan for a local music festival. ‘The Fabulous Faberge Little Rig Stage’ became the central inspiration for a 2021 Chelsea Show garden. Ms Knights is understood to have exhibited her sculptures at the famous Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate, Kent, and she currently has work on display at One New Street Gallery in Herne Bay. Two RNLI lifeboats were launched just before midnight on Wednesday, as part of the extensive search to find the missing woman. A Coast Guard rescue helicopter from Lydd Airport, together with Kent Police and Coast Guard rescue teams from Margate, Herne Bay and Deal, carried out a search ashore. Meanwhile, lifeboats were conducting a shoreline search between Minnis Bay and Reculver, up to half a nautical mile offshore. About two hours later the search at sea was suspended, but agencies on land continued the search on land. At around 10.30am on Thursday (24 August) the two Margate RNLI lifeboats, together with the Whitstable RNLI lifeboat Atlantic 85, restarted the search. But with no results, the sea search was suspended again two and a half hours later.