Folkestone’s Triennial 21 gets go-ahead

The fifth Folkestone Triennial exhibition of open air art is to go ahead, with an extended programme, postponed from last year.

Usually an autumn event, the exhibition this time will open with the theme of “The Plot” on July 21 and run until November 2 and will include Richard Deacon, Gilbert & George Morag Myerscough and the Turner Prize winning collective Assemble among the artists.

The event is organised by Creative Folkestone, set up by the Saga millionaire and local resident Sir Roger De Haan to make the town a better place to live, work, play and visit.

“When I started planning this exhibition and inviting wonderful artists to consider sites in the town I couldn’t have imagined how the coming pandemic would foreground The Plot’s global themes” said Lewis Biggs, once again curating the event. “Ownership of the truth and of scientific method have never been more contested, as different social and economic interests battle to determine the narrative about, and reaction to, Covid-19 and its variants (as well as to the climate emergency, BLM, the US Presidential election, human rights in China etc).

“Perhaps more surprisingly, lockdowns, travel bans and ‘staycations’ have demonstrated just how important to our well-being is the neighbourhood outside our front doors, leading us to re-evaluate the material quality of our local environment and amenities, the corner shops and parks no less than the broadband, as being ‘vital’ rather than merely ‘desirable’.”

Other artists chosen this time include Rana Begum, whose No 1054 Arpeggio is pictured,Sam Belinfante, Stephenie Bergman, Patrick Corillon, Shezad Dawood, Jacqueline Donachie, genuinefake, Tina Gverović, Mariko Hori, Christopher Houghton Budd, Atta Kwami, Jacqueline Poncelet, Pilar Quinteros, Mike Stubbs, Jason Wilsher-Mills, Winter / Hörbelt, and HoyCheong Wong & Simon Davenport & Shahed Saleem / Makespace.

“Folkestone’s communities have been so supportive of each other these last twelve months and have shown incredible resilience despite being one of the hardest hit by Covid-19” said Creative Folkestone CEO Alastair Upton. “The pandemic has highlighted the value of culture in our everyday lives, and now we can celebrate our town, reimagined by a brilliant line-up of artists, and show the world what Folkestone is made of.”



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