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Welcome to the 2014 Folkestone Triennial

The Folkestone Triennial is one of the most ambitious public art projects presented in the UK.

Located in the seaside town of Folkestone on the south-east coast of England, artists are invited to use the town as their ‘canvas’, utilising public spaces to create striking new pieces that reflect issues affecting both the town and the wider world. Artists commissioned to take part in previous Triennials include Cornelia Parker, Tracey Emin, Jeremy Deller, Martin Creed and Richard Wilson.

The Folkestone Triennial takes place every three years and is one of the five key projects of the Creative Foundation, an independent visionary arts charity dedicated to enabling the regeneration of Folkestone through creative activity. Working with the people of Folkestone, partners and other stakeholders, the Creative Foundation is transforming the town, making it a better place to live, work, visit and study.

Established in 2002, the Creative Foundation has a remarkable record of success, having already transformed the old town of Folkestone, around the scenic harbour, into a Creative Quarter populated by artists and home to creative industries and education providers. Three hundred jobs have been created and ninety buildings have been restored in the Creative Quarter, and the Quarterhouse, a performance venue for music, theatre, dance and comedy, has been built. The area has been animated by two internationally acclaimed visual art Triennials; Folkestone Artworks is a significant and permanent contemporary art collection, and an annual Book Festival.