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Folkestone Triennial 2011

Folkestone Triennial, Folkestone

A Million Miles From Home. The theme refers to the sense of being between worlds, of displacement and separation, of transience and having to find bearings in an unknown elsewhere. 19 international artists have created new works, which include sculptures, films, installations and sound works are displayed around Folkestone's streets, squares, beaches and historic buildings. It is one of the most ambitious public art projects presented in the UK.

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The Folkestone Triennial is one of the most ambitious public art projects ever to be presented in the UK. The selected artists have developed new works for Folkestone's streets, squares, beaches and historic buildings to create a cutting-edge contemporary art exhibition in the public domain.

Andrea Schlieker conceived and curated the inaugural exhibition in 2008 and also directs the second Folkestone Triennial, A Million Miles From Home, in 2011.

Participating artists are:

Tonico Lemos Auad
Charles Avery
Martin Creed
A K Dolven
Smadar Dreyfus
Hala Elkoussy
Ruth Ewan
Spencer Finch
Hamish Fulton
Cristina Iglesias
Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen
Hew Locke
Cornelia Parker
Olivia Plender
Zineb Sedira
Erzen Shkololli
Strange Cargo
Paloma Varga Weisz

The 2011 Triennial aims to bring the wider world to Folkestone, while highlighting its status as a gateway to and from Europe and its isolation on the edge of Britain. The focus is on social and political issues, particularly those arising from migration and exile, colonialism and its aftermath, and questions of place and language. It challenges our notions of centre and periphery, of local and global, proximity and distance.

The selected artists either live or have biographical background in countries as diverse as Algeria, Kosovo, Israel, Egypt, Guyana, India and Brazil, as well as Denmark, Spain, Germany, Norway, the US and the UK. They bring their stories and experiences to Folkestone, finding elements of shared ground and connecting threads.

Curator Andrea Schlieker:
"It is both a great privilege and challenge to continue the work we started in 2008 and curate the second Triennial for 2011. We hope that A Million Miles From Home will build on and extend the success of the first Triennial. The theme will take visitors on a very different journey this time, exploring Folkestone's relationship with the wider world by recognising the town's geographic position close to continental Europe, and its location on the edge of Britain. A Million Miles From Home will articulate the sense of being between worlds, of displacement and separation. It alludes to a sense of unease as well as wonder."

Located in the seaside town of Folkestone on the south-east coast of England, artists are invited to use the town as their ‘canvas’, utilising public spaces to create striking pieces that reflect issues affecting both the town and the wider world.

The Triennial takes place every three years and seeks to engage and inspire the communities of the town while also finding a fresh way of bringing contemporary art to the fore.

Eight artworks from the 2008 Triennial remain on permanent public display around Folkestone. The permanent collection features work by Adam Chodzko, Nathan Coley, Tracey Emin, Patrick Tuttofuoco, Mark Wallinger, Richard Wentworth, Pae White and Richard Wilson.

News about additional permanent works from the 2011 exhibition will be released later this year.

TALK: Making Art Public
Saturday 9th July, 14.00pm.
Location: Quaterhouse, Folkestone (and concurrently at Foyle Rooms: Turner Contemporary)
Price: Free
In recent years coastal Kent has become the focus of regeneration through cultural enterprise. Taking the second Folkestone Triennial and the launch of Turner Contemporary as a starting point this talk will examine the cultural value of site-responsive artistic practice. This talk brings together key players who are shaping today’s thinking about the role art plays in the public domain.

In Folkestone: Triennial Project Coordinator Jennifer Thatcher with artists A K Dolven, Adam Chodzko and Brigitte Orasinski: Strange Cargo. Chaired in Margate by Claire Doherty from Situations and exhibiting artist Ellen Harvey, Director of Stour Valley Arts Sandra Drew and artist Jessica Voorsanger. Making Art Public is in partnership with Turner Contemporary.

The Folkestone Triennial is a key element of the arts and education-led regeneration programme being driven by the Creative Foundation. For more information contact the Creative Foundation at 65-69 Tontine Street, Folkestone, Kent CT20 1JR, call 01303 245799 or visit

Press Office Folkestone Triennial
65-69 Tontine Street Folkestone Kent CT20 1JR
Peter Bettley 01303 245799, 01303 245838

Join us on Saturday 25 June for the conference Common Skies, Divided Horizons

For maps, information, audioguides and more contact the Folkestone Triennial Visitor Centre.
3-7 Tontine Street, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 1JT
Hours: every day from 10.30am to 5pm

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