International artists have been invited to make new work in relation to specific sites in Folkestone.

3rd Folkestone Triennial 2014


30 August-2 November 201

Curator: Lewis Biggs

A number of the new artworks will become permanent additions to the landscape of the town, adding to Folkestone Artworks, the existing collection of permanent works from the previous two Triennials.

Participating artists:

  • Jyll Bradley
  • Pablo Bronstein
  • Strange Cargo
  • Diane Dever and Jonathan Wright
  • Tim Etchells
  • Andy Goldsworthy
  • Ian Hamilton Finlay
  • John Harle and Tom Pickard
  • Emma Hart
  • Alex Hartley
  • Will Kwan
  • Gabriel Lester
  • Amina Menia
  • muf architecture/art
  • Yoko Ono
  • Marjetica Potrč and Ooze Architects
  • rootoftwo
  • Sarah Staton
  • Something & Son

These artists have been invited to make new work in relation to specific sites in Folkestone. The result is artworks that relate directly to the town and its socio-economic and cultural history, as well as exploring universal issues. Some commissions have rejuvenated existing sites, others have created new environments in the town. Numerous works involve and collaborate with local communities, and address aspects of our daily lives that affect people on a global scale, such as climate change, the environment, sustainability, technology and communication.

Lewis Biggs, Curator of Folkestone Triennial, said: “I’m very proud to be curator for an exhibition that is fast becoming a focus of interest around the world. Folkestone Triennial presents a very special opportunity for artists who are talented enough for the challenge of showing outside the gallery, museum or sale room. I have been careful to invite only artists whose works fits the opportunity; who want to be in dialogue with the urban context, who have something to say about contemporary life in a wider world and who want to engage with a broad audience.”

Public programme

Throughout the duration of Folkestone Triennial local residents and visitors are invited to participate in the public programme, comprising talks, tours, conferences, field trips, artists’ events, family and school workshops. The programme is centred around two weekend-long conferences, which will be held at Folkestone’s Quarterhouse. “Imagined Cities” will take place on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October, and “The Sculpture Question” will take place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 November.

Many of the artists participating in Folkestone Triennial work at the intersection between art, architecture and urbanism. “Imagined Cities” will explore how we might abandon preconceived ideas around architecture and urbanism to re-imagine the notion of the city. Keynote speakers are Sir Terry Farrell, architect and master planner for Folkestone Harbour, and Jude Kelly, artistic director, Southbank Centre.

Image: Architectural structure by Krijn de Koning. Courtesy Folkstone Triennial

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