Just 57 minutes on the train from London and you could be in Folkestone, the home of Folkestone Artworks, a collection of 16 outstanding works originally commissioned by the Creative Foundation for the Folkestone Triennial that are now on permanent display in public spaces around the town. The best collection of contemporary art in an urban environment in the UK.
Folkestone Artworks includes work by artists as celebrated as Turner Prize nominee Tracey Emin, whose seven-part sculpture Baby Things is a tender, subtle yet poignant response to her perception of the prevalence of teenage pregnancies in the town. 2007 Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger’s ‘Folk Stones’ has a profound underpinning, 19,240 numbered stones, the exact number of soldiers killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, and can be found close to the Leas Cliff Hall. It even includes a dog’s play park, Pae White’s Barking Rocks, situated just off The Leas in Pleydell Gardens.
Be sure to come to town in September for this year's Folkestone Triennial, Double Edge, a chance to view 20 newly commissioned major artworks in Folkestone's "gallery without walls". It is envisaged that Folkestone Artworks will continue to grow after each new Triennial, helping to further develop Folkestone’s reputation as a unique destination in the UK for those who enjoy contemporary art.
Discover the collection free of charge, all year round. Audio guides, maps and more information are available from Quarterhouse.