Robert Smith by Creative Foundation, Kent

Folkestone Is An Art School, Martello Tower


© Robert Smith


£15,000 raised
85 funders

Funded 29 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.


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.

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5 Great Reasons to Donate!

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


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 SCHOOLRead more

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

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

Ten facts about Bob and Roberta Smith

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

Why and Where?

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

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

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

Only 9 days left!

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

5 days to go!

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!

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

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

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

Folkestone IS an art school!

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

Font making with condiments!

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

Progress and Rewards!

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


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


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

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