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Fifth Folkestone Triennial in 2020 dates revealed

The Folkestone Triennial will be held again next year.

One of the most ambitious outdoor exhibitions of contemporary art in the UK, the Triennial will be held from Saturday, September 5 to Sunday, November 8, 2020.

Folkestone Triennial returns in 2020
Folkestone Triennial returns in 2020

Creative Folkestone is to commission around 20 new artworks by internationally acclaimed artists around the town, in the event which will be curated for a third time by Lewis Biggs, and called The

The Plot.

Visitors will be invited to consider urban myths and look at the gap between the stories and reality.

The 2020 Triennial will draw on three historic Folkestone tales: St Eanswythe’s Watercourse; the physician William Harvey’s discovery of the circulation of the blood; and Folkestone’s industrial road ‘The Milky Way’, the informal name for Foord Road South, and look at the movement of water, blood and goods.

The new works will be presented in public spaces across the town, along the various routes associated with the stories.

Amalia Pica's creative use of seashells for the last Folkestone Triennial
Amalia Pica's creative use of seashells for the last Folkestone Triennial

Lewis Biggs said: "The gap between narrative and reality, promise and execution, will often attract our attention. But it’s this same gap that enables art to

change people, and so also change the world. It’s the promise of the symbolic world that brings people together and motivates us to act. The artist’s imagination enables us to look at the material world, to imagine how it could be, and realise that it does not have to be the way it is. Great art can lead us to work together to change our surroundings."

Following the 2020 Triennial, a selection of the artworks will remain on site in the town as part of Folkestone Artworks, the UK’s largest ongoing urban outdoor exhibition of contemporary art.

The Triennial, which is held every three years, was first held in 2008. Artists commissioned have included Tracey Emin and Yoko Ono. The 2014 Triennial also saw gold buried on the town's Sunny Sands beach.

Folkestone Sunny Sands Gold Rush Picture: Paul Amos
Folkestone Sunny Sands Gold Rush Picture: Paul Amos

Find out more at creativefolkestone.org.uk/folkestone-triennial/

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One of Tracey Emins Baby Things which stayed on permanent show in Folkestone
One of Tracey Emins Baby Things which stayed on permanent show in Folkestone

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