Every Wednesday during Folkestone Triennial 2017, 6.30-8pm (except Wed 11 Oct, 7pm start)

Folkestone Quarterhouse, Mill Bay, Folkestone, CT20 1BN

An informal, weekly salon-style event, in which the speaker gives a short presentation followed by questions and a chance for further discussion over free drinks. Guests include Folkestone Triennial 2017 artists as well as experts, who expand on ideas related to the Triennial title, double edge.

Free. Booking recommended as capacity is limited.

6 September: Dr Christopher Houghton Budd, director of FinanceFolkestone, debates ‘If we paid true prices we would not need a basic income’

An economic and monetary historian, Christopher Houghton Budd moved to Folkestone in 2013. After a life-time researching the metamorphosis of capitalism he sees two related main challenges – lessening our reliance on real-estate economics and issuing youth bonds in order to capitalise the capacities and initiative of young people everywhere. Embodied in his Finance Folkestone Project, this has been his focus for the last four years working for Delft University on credit for marginalised youth in the European Union with Folkestone as a case in point.


13 September: Karen Douglas, Professor of Social Psychology, University of Kent, on conspiracy theories in a post-truth world

Prof. Karen Douglas obtained her PhD from the Australian National University in 2000. She moved to the UK in 2001 where she first worked at Keele University before beginning work at the University of Kent in 2005. She is now a Professor of Social Psychology at Kent. Karen studies the psychological processes that explain belief in conspiracy theories, and some of the social, health and environmental consequences of conspiracy theories.


20 September: Folkestone Triennial 2017 commissioned architect Ben Allen, founder of the multidisciplinary practice Studio Ben Allen, talks about working on the edges between design, art and architecture

Studio Ben Allen is a multidisciplinary design practice founded in 2014 that operates at the intersection of architecture, design and art. It specialises in creating unique and engaging spatial sequences through an open collaborative dialogue between participants and disciplines, from concept to production. Having studied architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Ben worked for Fletcher Priest Architects and Jonathan Tuckey Design before moving to Berlin. There he worked at Studio Olafur Eliasson for almost a decade, on projects including Harpa, the Icelandic National Concert Hall, Reykjavik, which won the Mies van der Rohe European Union architecture prize in 2013-14, Your Rainbow Panorama at the Aros Museum, Aarhus and the Serpentine Pavilion 2007. Ben’s time in Berlin gave him access to a circle of artists including two whose works have in particular influenced The Clearing: Thomas Demand’s 2003 Lichtung / Clearing 2003; and Tacita Dean’s film Michael Hamburger 2007, in which the émigré poet describes his English apple orchard and the continental roots of the tree/apple species.


27 September: Kent Refugee Action Network (Razia Shariff and Wendy Catterick) on their work supporting young refugees and asylum seekers in their transition to a successful future

KRAN has been working for 15 years to support and advocate on behalf of refugee and asylum seekers in east Kent, more recently focusing on unaccompanied minors. We offer learning for life classes in Canterbury and Folkestone, along with advocacy and support projects such as mentoring, drop-in activities and case work, as well as one-to-one troubleshooting and support, and community engagement activities with local groups and organisations including sports, drama, visits and music. Wendy has been involved with KRAN for 10 years and runs the Folkestone hub and is the Lifeskills and Outreach Manager for KRAN; Razia joined in 2016 as the CEO.


4 October: Samuel Supple, creative director of Violafilms, which produced BBC Four’s The Spies Who Loved Folkestone (2014), on spying

Samuel Supple is an award-winning filmmaker and journalist working for both the BBC and Kent-based Violafilms. Sense of place is integral to Samuel’s work and the county of Kent has helped him conjure up some of his best pieces. From the internationally acclaimed Great Expectations prequel Magwitch to his experimental Folkestone-set documentary Time Bleeds, he seeks out little-known quirky stories and uses them to explore bigger issues. A good example of this is The Spies Who Loved Folkestone which is being repeated on BBC4 (on Wednesday 30 August, 7.30pm), three years after its initial release.


11 October: Folkestone Triennial 2017 artist Gary Woodley on the edge between mathematics and art

Please note that this event will begin at 7pm.

Gary Woodley works in many three-dimensional media including architectural interventions using various lighting technologies. Has been researching three-dimensional CAD modelling systems for topological projections onto real and virtual spaces. For a number of years, he has been making exquisite wall drawings called impingements that play with our perception of the surfaces and edges of architectural space and conceptualise sculptural volumes within the mass of the walls. Woodley has been making exhibitions from his impingements since 1984. He has had individual and group exhibitions in Japan and throughout Europe, including Schloss Buchberg, Austria; Konkret Zehn, Nürnberg, Germany; Scavi Archeologici, Verona, Italy; Galerie Lydie Rekow, Crest, France; Cairn Gallery, Gloucestershire and Galerie Hoffmann, Friedberg, Germany. He has made permanent commissions for, among others, Allianz, at Treptowers, Berlin, and Dresdner Bank, Kurfürsteneck, Berlin, and his work can be seen in collections in Germany, France and the UK. Woodley was Artist By-Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge University 1996/7 and Henry Moore Research Fellow in ‘sculpture and computing’, Slade School of Fine Art 2002/4. He was born, works and lives in London.


18 October: James Harkin, Syria reporter and director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London, on the death and life of investigative journalism   

James Harkin is director for the Centre for Investigative Journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is a journalist who covers social change and political conflict and whose work appears in Vanity Fair, Harper’s, GQ, The Smithsonian, Prospect and The Guardian. A former director of talks at the Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA), he once taught politics at Oxford University, and was associate producer on Adam Curtis’s two BBC series The Trap and All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace. For the last five years he’s been reporting on the Syrian conflict from all sides. His last book, Hunting Season, an investigative account of the rise of the Islamic State group and its campaign of kidnapping journalists, was published in November 2015 by Little, Brown in the UK and Hachette in the US.

25 October: Dr Bridget MacDonald, consultant neurologist, discusses ‘Normal or abnormal – a frayed edge?’

Bridget MacDonald is a consultant neurologist working at Croydon University and St George’s Hopsitals. She works in general neurology and epilepsy and is involved with medical education and medical humanities. Since training at Guy’s Hospital, where concepts of medicalisation and sociology were taught early in the curriculum, she has maintained an interest in wider meanings of illness and wellness.


1 November: Folkestone Triennial 2017 artist Bob & Roberta Smith and guests reflect on FOLKESTONE IS AN ART SCHOOL

Bob and Roberta Smith is an artist who questions the notion of ‘great art for the people’. Bob and Roberta Smith’s view is that human beings have complex and rich cultures and how art fits into that story is complex and individual. The FOLKESTONE IS AN ART SCHOOL project asked the town to teach itself art. By 1 November we will have some assessment of what happened and whether the project was in any way successful.


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