Folkestone Triennial 2017 dates announced
Creative Foundation has announced dates for the fourth edition of the Folkestone Triennial, which will run for nine weeks from 2 September to 5 November 2017. Curator Lewis Biggs will commission internationally recognised artists to respond to the theme of double edge, described as a further inquiry into “sense of place” first explored in the 2014 Triennial, Lookout. As has been the practice with preceding exhibitions, some artworks will become permanent additions to a growing permanent collection, Folkestone Artworks. Artworks are commissioned with the aim to have a positive effect on Folkestone as a place for people to enjoy, whether they live, work or study in the town or simply visit.
Audiences for Folkestone Triennial have grown steadily since the first exhibition in 2008: in 2014 it attracted 135,000 visitors, with many more since then seeing the works that have remained on permanent display. The picture here shows enthusiastic diggers looking for gold buried in the sands near the town’s main beach, as part of Michael Sailstorfer’s “Folkestone Digs”.
Folkestone Triennial continues to receive major support from the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, with other important contributions from Arts Council England, Shepway District Council and Kent County Council.