During the Triennial there are many things going on in Folkestone so thought I would do a catch-up on some of them. They are all in the booklet but I know some people do not get one.

Mother Nature Taster Session

11 August | 10:00 – 12:00
Cornerstone Centre, Castle Hill Avenue, CT202QR

Are you a new mum who likes to make new connections, share experiences and express yourself creatively? Then why not join us for our Mother Nurture taster session. We provide a safe and supportive environment for mothers to improve their well-being and self-esteem, exploring feelings through art-making, meditation, movement, and discussion. Suitable for mums with pre-crawling babies.


 West Hythe Lighthouse

28 July – 30 September | 20:00-21:00
Unit 1, Riverside Craft Centre, West Hythe

Artist: Alison Neighbour, (Build by Cosmic Creations; Creative Technologist Steve Symons)
West Hythe Lighthouse sits on the future shoreline and responds to global tidal data from the Bay of Bengal, connecting stories of local and global sea-level rise.  The public installation invites viewers to reflect on the impermanence of land we take for granted and to consider how we might adapt to our shrinking landscape.


12 August | 14:00
Unit 1, West Hythe

Join artist Alison Neighbour for a walk from the future coastline to the present shore. We’ll walk off-road from West Hythe to Dymchurch Redoubt, discovering a new route across the marsh and reflecting on the land we pass through. It’s a chance to see a new side of the landscape and to discuss concerns and possibilities about we respond to sea-level rise.

More info:
Email to sign up (Spaces limited)


Whilst We Weren’t Listening //


Friday 13 August – 11 September
Urban Room Folkestone

The Listening Project in partnership with ceramic artist Julia Ellen Lancaster uses wild clay dug directly from Copt Point, Folkestone and spots of geological interest on the Kent coast. The project engages residents of Folkestone with this natural resource material for creative expression.

// Dates // // What //
Friday 13th August 4 – 6pm Free Clay collection open to public from Urban Room
Saturday 14th August 2 – 4pm Free Clay collection open to public from Urban Room
Sunday 15th August 2 – 3pm Public return made pieces to Urban Room
Tuesday 17th August 1 – 2pm Public return made pieces to Urban Room
Saturday 28th August – 11th September 2021 Final exhibition of work opens @urbanroomfolkestone


Vessel @ The Potting Shed

23 July – 13 August
The Potting Shed, 34 Rendezvous St, CT201EZ

The Potting Shed presents Vessel, an exciting installation of new sculptures and lighting by Donald Baugh. Baugh’s work is both beautiful and precise, a combination of traditional craftsmanship with contemporary design, embracing bold shapes and the use of colour. Each vessel begins with the careful selection of the wood, drawing inspiration from it as a living material, and highlighting its natural characteristics & history to create unique beautifully crafted pieces.


a:dress 2021 Summer Programme is *LIVE!*

August – September

a:dress is a Folkestone-based campaign using retro reworked clothes, poetry, film, and conversations too –

  • raise awareness of the devastating impact of fast fashion on the planet
  • communicate ways that women are impacted by the climate crisis
  • acknowledge how women are targeted by, and vulnerable to, the fast fashion industry

Artists names

Emily Allen, Claire Angel, Lucie Bowins and members of Touchbase, Patsy Burrows, Katy Casey, Nico Dunsbee, Laura Gilbert, Sjoukje Gummels, Pauline Grantham, Diana Harrison, Beth Hart, Ruth Lozano, Janet Robinson, Martina Sorghi, Katie Stevens, Kate Strickland, Pam Sullivan, Leah Thorn, Clare Unsworth, India Warden, Jasmine Warden, Dorit Young
Live demonstrations from local art/activist campaign ‘a:dress’, of how to customise and upcycle clothes

14 August | 12:00 – 15:00
Cancer Research charity shop window, 90 Sandgate Rd, Folkestone CT20 2BE

Demonstrations of ’Slow Meditative Stitch’, ‘An Embellished Sweater’ and ‘A No-Sew Tutu’.



The Woodshed Gallery Programme //

July – September
Bail Steps, CT20 1AS

Follow the trail up the Bail steps to find The Woodshed Gallery tucked away at the top. This August will see the continuation of their summer programme, with “Made with Love in Interesting Times”, a body of painting & ceramics exhibited by Froude & Froude; and exhibitions “Losing The Plot: Wordplay in Typography & Sound” from Clare Hamilton, Jon O’Connor, & Anthony White; as well as “In The Summertime” by Wood & Whitehead. Check out The Woodshed’s hosting of HOST – Hundreds of Small Tails, available to see in their window for the next two weeks.


Made with Love in Interesting Times

From 20 July – 31 September: curated arrangements in various locations

Fine Art Works and curated arrangements were conceived collaboratively in the lockdown era by Froude & Froude. The relationship between David’s ceramics and Laura’s painting grew closer as they shared their home studio working each day together throughout the lockdown era. Themes running through their work include the fragility of our planet and human diversity. They celebrate together the beauty and strength of all women and the textures, light, and drama of our planet. Works are made and then curated collaboratively for different venues around town.



Open Studio: Graham & Rosie (Sims) Fenton

22 July – onwards
Opening Hours On The Door
5 The Old High St, CT201RJ

“We have lived and worked together at this address since 1973 when we graduated from Goldsmiths Art College (Fine Art Hons). We opened The Moon Palace, an arts and crafts shop in 1973 and ran it until 2000. We taught art in adult education at the Metropole, White Lodge Art Centre and the Cube from 1987-2013.  Now we continue our own work in our studio gallery.”



Online: It’s Where We Go

22 July – onwards
Access via the FF website

It’s Where We Go is an audiovisual performance of memories about the seaside in and around the UK. Alongside photographs by Ian Howorth, listen to the voices, look at the pictures and share your memories on this communal, digital archive.


There are so many things going on around our town, the Quarterhouse is doing walks around some of them which are really good and informative.

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The Fringe Open programming is constantly evolving, for the most up-to-date listing of events, head over to the website page every time you need a reminder. You can also keep up to date through this weekly newsletter and across their social media channels.

Additionally, if you’re out & about in town, look out for the “Sub-Plot” stickers on the windows of businesses/spaces/locations to follow the map that way.




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