Folkestone’s Creative Quarter (photo Visit Kent)

Folkestone Triennial

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.

The Triennial takes place every three years and is the flagship project of the Creative Foundation, a charity based in Folkestone which is leading a large scale renewal of the old town area close to the scenic harbour. Since beginning its work in the area, the Creative Foundation has redeveloped over 60 buildings on Tontine Street and the Old High Street, breathing life into previously uninhabitable dwellings and providing attractive work and living space for creative tenants.

Over 100 artists and creative businesses live and work in Folkestone’s flourishing Creative Quarter. To find out more visit the Creative Quarter website.

For more information about the Creative Foundation and to enquire about available living, retail and studio space please visit the Creative Foundation website or call 01303 854080.


2011’s Curator

The Folkestone Triennial 2011 was curated by Andrea Schlieker, freelance curator, lecturer and writer.  Having conceived and curated the inaugural Folkestone Triennial ‘Tales of Time and Space’ in 2008, she recently curated Mark Wallinger’s ‘Sinema Amnesia’ for the My City public art project in Turkey (2010-11). She was co-curator of the British Art Show 6, and has a long track record in curating national and international exhibitions as well as major public art projects. A member of the Public Realm Commissioning Advisory Panel for the Olympic Park, Schlieker was also a juror for the 2009 Turner Prize. She lectures regularly in Britain and abroad.