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Folkestone Triennial 2011 Announced



Folkestone Triennial Souvenir Poster 2008 ©Andy Tuohy 2008


We were recently invited to hear the announcement of four of the participating artists for Folkestone Triennial 2011.

The artists announced on the night were: Cornelia Parker who will be casting a life-size bronze statue of a female Folkestone resident in the pose of Copenhagen’s famous Little Mermaid; Cristina Iglesias who will create an architectural structure on the overgrown ramparts of one of Folkestone’s historic Martello Towers, which will give the illusion of an entrance into another world;  Hew Locke is suspending around a hundred model ships collected from around the world in the nave of St Mary and St Eanswythe’s church, the oldest building in Folkestone; Zineb Sedira who will make a film about an extraordinary lighthouse in Algeria. The film will be housed in the former deckchair storage hall in the cliff-face under the Leas, which has not been accessible for years.

Since the launch the full complement of 19 international artists who have been commissioned to create new works for the Triennial, which will take place from 25 June – 25 September 2011, have now been announced.

The artists are:

Tonico Lemos Auad

Charles Avery


Martin Creed

Smadar Dreyfus

Latifa Echakhch

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 Folkestone Triennial 2011 is one of the most ambitious public art projects ever to be presented in the UK. The selected artists have been invited to develop 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 will direct the second Folkestone Triennial, A Million Miles From Home, in the summer of 2011.

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 will be on social and political issues, particularly those arising from migration and exile, colonialism and its aftermath, and questions of place and language. The selected artists either live or have biographical background in countries as diverse as Algeria, Morocco, Kosovo, Israel, Egypt, Guyana, India and Brazil, as well as Denmark, Spain, Germany, the US and the UK. They will bring their stories and experiences to Folkestone, finding elements of shared ground and connecting threads

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