Folkestone Triennial

  • Folkestone |
  • 25 June – 25 September 2011

Art Quarterly spent the day at the Folkestone Triennial and captured the spirit of this year's theme, 'A million miles from home,' on a trusty Canon Powershot.

Curator Andrea Schlieker has travelled the world to find artists who could relate to Folkestone's geographical position on the edge of Britain, calling it 'a gateway to the wider world but at the same time isolated' in an interview for the summer edition of the magazine. Sculptures, films, installations and sound works can be found dotted around Folkestone's streets, squares, beaches and historic buildings.Nineteen artists have been commissioned for this year, with the same mixture of the famous and the promising that marked the 2008 Triennial, including Charles Avery, Martin Creed, Cristina Iglesias, Hew Locke and Cornelia Parker.Art Quarterly spent the day at the Folkestone Triennial and captured the spirit of this year's theme, 'A million miles from home,' on a trusty Canon Powershot.Curator Andrea Schlieker has travelled the world to find artists who could relate to Folkestone's geographical position on the edge of Britain, calling it 'a gateway to the wider world but at the same time isolated' in an interview for the summer edition of the magazine. Sculptures, films, installations and sound works can be found dotted around Folkestone's streets, squares, beaches and historic buildings.Nineteen artists have been commissioned for this year, with the same mixture of the famous and the promising that marked the 2008 Triennial, including Charles Avery, Martin Creed, Cristina Iglesias, Hew Locke and Cornelia Parker.

Don't miss

Parker's bronze statue The Folkestone Mermaid, a cast of local resident Georgina Baker, sits on the beach. Its inspiration lies in the famous fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, who visited Folkestone, and the work deliberately references Copenhagen's own mermaid landmark.Further in the spirit of collaboration, Brazil's Tonico Lemos Auad worked with local fishermen; CAMP (the artists Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran from Mumbai) joined the coastguard volunteers on a long-term project to film the sea; Martin Creed's piece involves a local string quartet; and East Kent-based Strange Cargo has produced an alternative guidebook with local residents.


Venue & entry details

Folkestone Kent

Entry details

See the Triennial website for more details