Head to the coast to find an art ex­hi­bi­tion the county can truly boast about, as the nine-week Folke­stone Triennial, which brings world class art to our shores, nears its mid point. By

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - ARTS -

If you’ve missed the iron men, creep­ing crabs and in­door forests of the Folke­stone Triennial, don’t panic. The fourth edi­tion of the am­bi­tious art show­case is only half­way through.

Art is around ev­ery cor­ner as world fa­mous artists ex­hibit their spe­cially com­mis­sioned works across the sea­side town, from Antony Gorm­ley’s An­other Time metal sculp­tures to lo­cal artist Jonathan Wright’s gold fish­er­men’s boats lead­ing to the har­bour.

There are maps to guide you, but if you feel all at sea with the art, help is at hand. Or­gan­is­ers the Cre­ative Foun­da­tion have a se­ries of free tours which can help you find your way.

Open to fam­i­lies, adults and crit­ics, an ex­pert guide will take vis­i­tors on a lively and in­for­mal ex­pe­ri­ence around the Dou­ble Edge-themed works. Among the sights to see are colour­ful houses by Richard Woods, high­light­ing the in­flux of sec­ond homes, in un­likely places and Lubaina Himid’s jelly mouldin­spired Pav­il­ion, evok­ing the con­nec­tion be­tween slav­ery and sugar. Cu­rated by Lewis Biggs for the sec­ond time, they are dot­ted around the town. Stu­dio Ben Allen’s The Clear­ing has trans­formed the Folke­stone Quar­ter­house into the Triennial Vis­i­tor Cen­tre, in­spired by a clear­ing in a for­est, while her­itage and cre­ativ­ity come to­gether with David Shrigley’s Lamp Post (As Re­mem­bered) – head to The Leas to see it among the reg­u­lar posts. Amalia Pica’s seashell cre­ations are in­side win­dows of lo­cal homes and on walls and sides of build­ings. Michael Craig-martin’s com­po­si­tion Light Bulb, which metaphor­i­cally lights up the junc­tion of the Old High Street and Ton­tine Street, is on the curve of the build­ing façade and sig­ni­fies ideas, energy, en­light­en­ment, which rep­re­sents the re­gen­er­a­tion in Folke­stone’s Cre­ative Quar­ter.

Richard Woods’ colour­ful houses, left, can be seen across Folke­stone, as can Amalia Pica’s seashell cre­ations

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