Exhibition Opens: A Portrait of Europe

Published on August 28th, 2014

A series of paintings of EU citizens by British artists is being unveiled to coincide with the 3rd Folkestone Triennial, “Lookout”. The exhibition is being held in Sunflower House in Foord Road, Folkestone, and will be open every day from 10am to 6pm from 29 August to 2 November 2014, with free admission.

The artists’ brief was to identify one individual from each of the 28 EU member states who would become the subject of a painting. The finished collected work is called “A Portrait of Europe: Euro Stars”. Whilst not in itself the purpose of the exhibition, viewers will almost certainly find themselves challenged to identify the different nationalities of the subjects of the paintiings.

The exhibition has been organised and funded by the New Romney-based IMOS Foundation, with additional financial support from The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust and the University of Kent. Under its founder and Creative Director Briony Kapoor, IMOS Foundation has established a range of projects in New Romney and towns and villages of the Romney Marsh. Its work includes site specific murals that reflect life on the Marsh, sculptures, and photography projects, and has helped to reinforce the area’s reputation for artistic activity, as well as bringing art to the community.

The exhibition also serves to launch the new community venue Sunflower House, a refurbished disused chapel located in the shadow of the Foord railway viaduct. The Bradstone Association has taken over the building on a peppercorn lease from the Harbour Community Church for use by the local community.