Five at the Folkestone Triennial

  • 29 August 2014

The third Folkestone Triennial offers an ambitious programme this autumn; based on the theme ‘Lookout’, it features 20 new artist commissions and a variety of free events. We round up the highlights.


1. Pablo Bronstein, Beach Hut in the style of Nicholas Hawksmoor

Inspired by the 18th-century architect Nicholas Hawskmoor and south-eastern lighthouses built in a similar style, Bronstein has produced his own contemporary version of a baroque lighthouse. Designed to nestle between the brightly painted beach huts on Folkestone’s waterfront, this impressive sculptural piece marries two contrasting impressions of the British seaside.

2. Cornelia Parker, Folkestone Mermaid

Originally commissioned for the 2011 triennial, Parker’s mermaid is inspired by the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen (one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions) and HG Wells’ The Sea Lady. In order to dispel illusions of an idealised female form, an open call was announced to the Folkestone community to find a ‘real’ model. The sculpture also alludes to issues of climate change, such as rising sea levels and endangered populations living by the sea. The commission was made possible with Art Fund assistance and is part of the Folkestone Artworks permanent public art collection.

3. John Harle, Tom Pickard and Luke Menges with the Futures Choir

This new choral work is a collaboration between composer and saxophonist John Harle, poet and documentary film maker Tom Pickard and the Folkestone Futures Choir. The piece was originally inspired by the international art project Complaints Choir, which invites participants to sing about their troubles. The world premiere of the choral work Lookout was performed on 29 May 2014 at the Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone, and was documented on film for exhibition during the Triennial.

4. Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

As part of the BFI series, Folkestone’s Silver Screen Cinema will feature a range of classic sci-fi films, from the 1950s classic invasion of the Body Snatchers to the surreal and mysterious world of The Man Who Fell to Earth, starring David Bowie.

5. Marjetica Potrč and Ooze Architects, Foord Road Viaduct

Concerned with both sustainability and re-appropriation, Potrč and Ooze have installed a wind-powered lift to carry visitors to the top of Folkestone’s iconic redbrick Foord Road viaduct, offering stunning views over the Creative Quarter and Folkestone Harbour.

The Folkestone Triennial is open daily from 30 August to 2 November 2014, 10am-5pm, and is free to all.

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