Folkestone Triennial 25th June-25th September 2011
In the run up to the Folkestone Triennial opening on June 25th we went to visit and check out the location. Preparation works for the Triennial are a transforming this small seaside town into a vibrant centre for creative excellence. Ok, it’s not on the scale of the Venice Biennale but it is a major event in Uk’s art calendar attracting a host of brilliant artists with innovative concepts, right on our doorstep. Only one hour from London by the High Speed Rail link, it is also the speediest and closest way to a fabulous sandy beach.
Richard Wentworth Signage 2009
The first Triennial three years ago and organised by Curator Andrea Schlieker with the Title ‘Tales of Time and Space’ hosted well-known names in the art world. Still on view by following the art trail that guides one toward the exhibits that are now permanent works installed at the first Triennial staged in 2009. These include works by Richard Wentworth, Richard Wilson, Patrick Tuttofuoco, Mark Wallinger Tracy Emin, Nathan Coley and more. Tracy Emin Baby Things 2009
On our walk, we found it really enjoyable to suddenly be reading about the Chinese origins of the ‘London Plane Tree’ on the fence of the dentist’s surgery on my way to the station. Richard Wentworths signage pieces remind us that trees have narratives origins and homes and like us are on the way to somewhere else are evident across Folkestone. Tracy Emin’s bronze casts, of baby things are still evident; we found one ‘washed up on the shore’,and Patrick Tuttofuoco’s piece looms large on the Horizon from the Harbour and has a great story to tell!
We picked the most glorious day to check out the new pieces are being installed, in preparation for he 2011 Triennial. Spencer Finch’s installation titled: The colour of Water was being installed that day.
Spencer Finch 2011
Spencer has created a special colour wheel reflecting the colour of the sea, during the Triennial each day an observer will use the wheel to choose a flag whose colour most closely reflects the colour of the sea, and then hoist the flag at midday on one of four flag poles in the city centre of the town.
Just for reference the colour on the day we were there numbered 552.
For other artists on the Triennial programme do check the main website.
We are very excited to announce that ‘Rolling Plinth’ is contributing with our own exhibition on the Fringe Stage of the Folkestone Triennial starting on the 25th June at 42 Old High Street,Folkestone Creative Centre.
See entries announcements and future commentaries for ongoing events at Folkestone Triennial on this new site and we hope you will fall in love with the place and the art and come and visit us there!