Art comes to the county with the Folke­stone Tri­en­nial, in­clud­ing Antony Gorm­ley’s An­other Time

We’ve waited three years...now the cre­ative car­ni­val of Folke­stone Tri­en­nial is here, bring­ing world-class art to our shores. An­gela Cole pro­files the event which puts a small, coastal Kent town firmly into the world art spot­light.

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - FRONT PAGE - Pic­ture: Thierry Bal

From metal men star­ing out to sea to float­ing houses and her­mit crabs hid­ing in their colour­ful shells, Folke­stone has art to get ev­ery­one think­ing. The nine-week cre­ative feast the Folke­stone Tri­en­nial launches this week­end for its fourth edi­tion with a myr­iad of mesmerising art­works. Artists from all over the world, and oth­ers closer to home, have been work­ing for months, and in some cases, years, on their con­tri­bu­tions to the nine-week artis­tic cel­e­bra­tion, which runs from Satur­day, Septem­ber 2, to Sun­day, Novem­ber 5 and takes over the pub­lic and open spaces of the town – as well as some more hid­den cor­ners.

The most high pro­file vis­i­tors to the town for the event are two cast iron fig­ures by Antony Gorm­ley – best known for his statue, the An­gel of the North.

The two are part of a se­ries of fig­ures, An­other Time, sited around the coun­try. One is in the Half Tide Load­ing Bay on the lee­ward side of the Har­bour Arm, where the artist once con­sid­ered lo­cat­ing his stu­dio.

The other is fac­ing, on the other side of Sunny Sands beach. A third has ap­peared off the short in Mar­gate, in part­ner­ship with Turner Con­tem­po­rary.

The event will be of­fi­cially opened to the pub­lic at 10am on Satur­day, Septem­ber 2, at the bottom of the Old High Street, with the first day of an ex­hi­bi­tion, On the Edge, at Folke­stone Quar­ter­house, from 11am.

There will also be a se­ries of walks, talks, work­shops and study days through­out the nine weeks.

Folke­stone’s Tri­en­nial will run for nine weeks

Above and be­low: Lubaina Himid cre­ated a Jelly Mould Pavil­ion on Folke­stone’s seafront

Antony Gorm­ley’s statue in Folke­stone’s Har­bour Arm

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