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Folkestone Triennial: dates announced by the Creative Foundation for the fourth edition in 2017


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Nine weeks of art will be celebrated during the Folkestone Triennial next year.

The fourth triennial will be held from September 2, 2017 to November 5, 2017, and will have the theme of double edge.

The last triennial in 2014 attracted 135,000 people to the area.

The Folkestone Artworks
The Folkestone Artworks

Organised by the Creative Foundation, it will be curated for the second time by Lewis Biggs. Double edge aims to develop the inquiry into "sense of place"’ that guided the last event, Lookout and looks at the two main axes around which Folkestone has developed as a town - the seashore and the Pent Stream, an ancient watercourse flowing from the Northern Downs into the sea, the present edge between East and West Folkestone.

Tracey Emin with one of her Baby Things near Folkestone Harbour
Tracey Emin with one of her Baby Things near Folkestone Harbour

Internationally recognised artists will be commissioned to make new contemporary artworks exhibited in public spaces around the town.

Some artworks will become permanent fixtures, joining the town's perrmanent collection, Folkestone Artworks, built up since the first Triennial in 2008.

The Folk Stones
The Folk Stones

Lewis said: "Great art makes change and the ambition of this exhibition is to give artists the opportunity to make excellent new work that plays with ambiguity and the several meanings of edge, stimulating audiences to consider why the world is the way it is, how it might be, and how it is always possible to change it."

More details will be announced in the spring.

Visit folkestonetriennial.org.uk for details of past events.

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