Antony Gormley. Credit Thierry Bal
Antony Gormley. Credit Thierry Bal
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Visit Folkestone Artworks during Turner Prize 2019

Folkestone Artworks is the UK’s largest urban contemporary art exhibition. Sited outdoors around the town and harbour, the artworks pop up in both scenic and surprising locations. The changing exhibition, consisting of 74 artworks by 46 artists – including Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Yoko Ono, Mark Wallinger, Cornelia Parker, Bill Woodrow, Michael Craig-Martin and Ian Hamilton Finlay – offers an experience like nowhere else: great contemporary art with an invitation to explore, examine and understand the town’s geography, history and potential future.

Continually ‘refreshed’ by Folkestone Triennial, the artworks bring tens of thousands of visitors to Folkestone every year and tell a variety of stories about the town. 

Creative Folkestone are joining in the Turner Prize 2019 celebrations by highlighting the nominated or winning Turner Prize artists that have an artwork based in Folkestone. 

There are 10 Turner Prize winning/nominated artists who have a piece as part of the Folkestone Artworks collection. Antony Gormley, Lubaina Himid and Mark Wallinger are the three artists who won the Turner Prize and their artworks are located around Folkestone

Antony Gormley won the Turner Prize in 1994. He is widely acclaimed for his artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space, developing the potential in sculpture since the 1960s through critical engagement with his own and other’s bodies. Another Time 1999-2013 is a series of one hundred solid cast-iron figures, destined by the artist to be dispersed around the world. For Folkestone Triennial 2017, Gormley loaned three from the series, two sited in Folkestone and one, in a collaboration with Turner Contemporary.

Lubaina Himid became the first black woman to win the Turner Prize in 2017. She has collected ceramic jelly moulds for many years, and often adds to them her own painted pattern decorations. One of these was realised as a full-scale pavilion in Folkestone. It sits looking out to sea on the former ‘Rotunda’ site. The wider trajectory of her work seeks to commemorate the contribution made by the people of the African Diaspora to the history, culture and rich fabric of Europe and North America.

In 2007, Mark Wallinger won the Turner Prize. His artworks on The Leas, ‘Folk Stones’ is inspired by the millions of soldiers who left from Folkestone Harbour to fight on the battlefields of France and Flanders and is located adjacent to other older war memorials. The precise number of beach pebbles collected and laid out into a massive square reveals a profound underpinning: 19,240 individually numbered stones stand for the exact number of British soldiers killed on 1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. 

Visit our website and follow us on social media platforms @FolkArtworks #FolkestoneArtworks to find out more about our Turner Prize artists’ artworks.