FOLKESTONE IS AN ART SCHOOL

Robert Smith at Creative Foundation, Kent

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£15,015 raised
95 funders

Funded 30 March 2017

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Please help artist Bob and Roberta Smith celebrate that FOLKESTONE IS AN ART SCHOOL. At a time when the value of art education (and creative experience) needs to be boldly restated and defended, we want to showcase the huge fund of knowledge, skills and experience in our town: it's already an art school.

Please help us make the loudest declaration we possibly can. In advance of the Folkestone Triennial, we need to raise £15,000 to cover the town’s streets and landmarks with Bob and Roberta Smith’s declaration that FOLKESTONE IS AN ART SCHOOL.

We will work with local secondary schools to create their own declarations and run a workshop for public responses. Banners and signs will mark out the breadth of the art school; this isn’t a conventional art school and it isn’t a building, it’s all the buildings and homes where art is happening, all the creative skills of artists and practitioners, all the resources and spaces that together make Folkestone already an art school (and maybe other towns can be too).

We can only make this happen with your help! Support our campaign and receive exclusive rewards.

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As part of Folkestone Triennial 2017, we have commissioned Bob and Roberta Smith to re-brand the town’s existing facilities as a comprehensive educational platform for young people to get an art school education without leaving home. An extensive programme will reveal the talents of resident artists, and engage a cohort of young people in making art and exhibiting in the Triennial. Follow our regular updates for more information on this exciting programme.

The Creative Foundation is an independent arts charity dedicated to enabling the regeneration of Folkestone through creative activity. Working with the people of Folkestone, our partners and other stakeholders, we will transform the town making it a better place to live, work, visit and study.

If you have any technical problems when donating, please email arthappens@artfund.org

FOLKESTONE IS AN ART SCHOOL begins

By Robert Smith

The message has hit the streets, FOLKESTONE IS AN ART SCHOOL!... Read more

FOLKESTONE ACADEMY IS AN ART SCHOOL!

By Robert Smith

Following one of the teacher’s workshops that you helped make happen, 200 Art Society students and staff from Folkestone Academy made artwork in response to Bob and Roberta Smith’s FOLKESTONE IS AN ART SCHOOL!... Read more

The FOLKESTONE IS AN ART SCHOOL Directory

By Robert Smith

We are delighted to share that Bob's FOLKESTONE IS AN ART SCHOOL will be accompanied by a creative directory!... Read more

Progress and Rewards!

By Robert Smith

Only three months to go until Bob and Roberta Smith's FOLKESTONE IS AN ART SCHOOL hits town!... Read more

Font making with condiments!

By Robert Smith

Find out what our local secondary school teachers have been up to with the FOLKESTONE IS AN ART SCHOOL TEAM!... Read more

Folkestone IS an art school!

By Robert Smith

Our Art Happens campaign has been made a reality thanks to you!... Read more

One more day to go! Stand with us and declare FOLKESTONE IS AN ART SCHOOL!

By Robert Smith

It's the final day of the campaign! Donate now and help us celebrate arts education for everybody!... Read more

5 days to go!

By Robert Smith

The clock is ticking! Help us reach our target by Thursday and earn some fab rewards!... Read more

Donate now and it will be worth double!

By Robert Smith

Fantastic news! Through Art Fund a private donor has pledged to match donations pound for pound up to a total of £5,000... Read more

Only 9 days left!

By Robert Smith

Time is running out to shout about arts education – join the movement!... Read more

Watch episode 2 of Bob and Roberta Smith's FOLKESTONE IS AN ART SCHOOL!

By Robert Smith

Look, explore and create with episode 2 of FOLKESTONE IS AN ART SCHOOL!... Read more

Your chance to own limited-edition Bob and Roberta Smith prints!

By Robert Smith

We are delighted to be able to offer two unique limited-edition Bob and Roberta Smith prints as part of our Art Happens project... Read more

Why and Where?

By Robert Smith

From the streets to the highest point, your support will help Bob and Roberta Smith's vital message reach every corner of Folkestone!... Read more

Ten facts about Bob and Roberta Smith

By Robert Smith

Find out more about our artist and campaign leader Bob and Roberta Smith!... Read more

FOLKESTONE IS AN ART SCHOOL video exclusive!

By Robert Smith

We are delighted to share the first episode in a series of 12 short pedagogical videos created by Bob and Roberta Smith for FOLKESTONE IS AN ART SCHOOL... Read more

5 Great Reasons to Donate!

By Robert Smith

FOLKESTONE IS AN ART SCHOOL and other towns can be too! Here are 5 reasons to get behind the campaign and declare #thisisanartschool!... Read more

With thanks to...

Fran Addison
Folkestone

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Jennifer Walwin
London

Cheryl Jones
Birmingham

Anja Schafer
Folkestone

Jeni Johnson
Wadhurst

Gilda Williams
London

Anonymous

Mick Bax
LONGFIELD

Guy Miller
Ashford

Abbie Filer
SEVENOAKS

Christopher Weddell
Rochester

Sara Lymath
TONBRIDGE

Wyatt Counts
New York

Matthew Wait
London

Juan Sanchez
London

Sam Talbot
London

Cezanne Charles
Ann Arbor

Lew Hodges
London

Jennifer Hollingsbee
Ashford

Anonymous

David Wilkins
Folkestone

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Karen Browne
Folkestone

Andrew Renton
London

HELEN KIRWAN
CANTERBURY

Elise Burns
Faversham

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david shriver
London

Janice Vale
London

David Jackson
Folkestone

Lucky Bert
Folkestone

Gerard Holden
Haywards Heath

P Bayliss
Henley-on-Thames

Tim Llewellyn
Folkestone

Amanda O'Connor
Folkestone

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Peter Corkill
Canterbury

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cecilia sleap
Folkestone

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Michaela Clayton
Uxbridge

Joy Pascoe
Folkestone

Charles Franklyn
Deal

Pauline de Souza
London

Kathryn Mason
London

Simon Richmond
Folkestone

John Riley
Folkestone

Andrew Ironside
Tunbridge Wells

ALISON Blackburn
Sittingbourne

Torben Jessen
Folkestone

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William Radnor
Salisbury

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joanna murray
margate

Lorna Morris
Ashford

Mary Ann le Lean
Canterbury

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Kaylee Jenkinson
Manchester

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Lois Weaver
London

Gillian White
Folkestone

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David Mcdougall
Liverpool

Julia Matheson
RICKMANSWORTH

Jenny Brooks
Manchester

Peter Higson
LONDON

Consuelo Maria Simpson
BASINGSTOKE

Patrick Holmes
London

Helen Hesketh
Leeds

Brigitte Orasinski
Hythe

Lothar Goetz
London

Alastair Upton
Folkestone

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Paul Rennie
Folkestone

Anna Mason
London

Peter Jenkinson
London

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Julia Wallace
Folkestone

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Cathy Carr
Camberwell

stephen deuchar
Ashford

Katie Mason
London

Trevor Minter
Canterbury

Gilly Wadmore
Canterbury

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Elizabeth Duckworth
Aylesford

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Folkestone Is An Art School, Martello Tower

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