About the Tri­en­nial

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The Tri­en­nial in­vites artists to work with the cul­tural his­tory and en­vi­ron­ment of the town and pro­duce com­mis­sioned works for pub­lic spaces.

The first was held in 2008, cu­rated by An­drea Sch­lieker, fol­lowed by 2011 and by 2014 more than 135,000 peo­ple vis­ited to see the in­ter­est­ing and un­usual works by local, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional artists. Around 20 ma­jor art­works are com­mis­sioned for each event, with around eight to 10 stay­ing in the town. They will join the 27 Folke­stone Art­works al­ready dot­ted around the town from in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed artists in­clud­ing Tracey Emin and Yoko Ono.

This year Lewis Biggs re­turns for a sec­ond time as cu­ra­tor and it has the theme of dou­ble edge. He said: “The ti­tle dou­ble edge has two mean­ings – the first is one of anx­i­ety, the edge of the world, the edge of the future and the un­known.

“The sec­ondary mean­ing is one of bal­ance, re­leased through the artist’s imag­i­na­tion when one tips over the edge and looks back on the known with a re­newed per­spec­tive. Great art is a mir­ror to the world.”

It also aims to ex­pand on re­al­i­ties ex­pe­ri­enced as part of every­day life in Folke­stone and around the world, in­clud­ing mi­gra­tion, bor­der con­trol, wealth in­equal­ity, en­vi­ron­ment and cli­mate change.

The artists in­volved in this year’s Tri­en­nial are: Rigo 23; Sol Calero; Michael CraigMartin; Antony Gorm­ley; Alex Hart­ley; Lubaina Himid; Emily Peas­good; Diane Dever and The Dec­o­ra­tors; Amalia Pica; Marc Sch­mitz and Dol­gor Ser-od; David Shrigley; Bob and Roberta Smith; Sinta Tantra; Stu­dio Ben Allen; Nomeda and Ged­im­i­nas Ur­bonas; Hoy­cheong Wong; Gary Wood­ley; Bill Woodrow; Richard Woods and Jonathan Wright.

Cu­ra­tor Lewis Biggs

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