Triennial 2021: Artists and artworks
Assemble (founded 2010), the Turner Prize-Winning multi-disciplinary collective, have collaborated with local skate boarders to develop Skating Situations at the Harbour Arm.
Atta Kwami (b. 1956, Ghana) is known for paintings, murals and kiosk-sculptures that are conceived as expanded three-dimensional paintings, incorporating his signature use of colour and abstract painting style.
The Ledge, 2017, is a crystalline modernist architectural composition that echos the white cliffs between Folkestone and Dover and supports figures of an Inuit and a seal, sitting on a black puddle shape.
Bob and Roberta Smith
Bob and Roberta Smith is a British contemporary artist, activist, art education advocate, writer and musician.
Christopher Houghton Budd
With his artwork Forgiving Light Christopher Houghton Budd (b. 1948, England) draws attention to a proposed reconsideration of the town centre.
Diane Dever is an inter-disciplinary artist/curator/producer who works collaboratively to explore the intersections of public, private and liminal space.
Taking inspiration from the Rotunda amusement arcades that drew crowds to the beach until the 1990s, genuinefake (Rachel Stella Jenkins) (b. 1983, Mozambique) proposes a pavilion near the site of the (now demolished) domed buildings from which the Rotunda got its name.
Gilbert & George
For Creative Folkestone Triennial 2020, celebrated artists Gilbert & George (established 1967) contribute a selection of their powerful and ever-topical pictures to be exhibited on billboards and poster sites around the town.
HoyCheong Wong, Simon Davenport and Shahed Saleem
HoyCheong Wong, Simon Davenport and architect Shahed Saleem, contribute an artwork to the Southeast Kent Islamic Cultural Centre (Folkestone Mosque) in Foord Road South, evolved through design workshops with the Islamic community and Madrasa.
After researching the Ship Street Gasworks site, Jacqueline Donachie (b. 1969, Scotland) was inspired by the social club that remained on the derelict site long after it ceased production.
Jacqueline Poncelet (b. 1947, Belgium) has created two works for Folkestone Triennial. Looking Ahead pierces the retaining wall of the old Ship Street Gasworks site. Shimmera captures the energy of the new development in Mill Bay, beckoning to the green park in one direction and the blue sea in the other.
Best known for his digital drawings produced on an iPad, Jason Wilsher-Mills (b. 1969, England) also creates 3D figurative sculptures about the world that he experiences as an artist with disabilities.
Jyll Bradley works in a broad range of media including drawing, photo-based studio works and large scale public art projects.
Mariko Hori (b. 1985, Japan) was inspired by Folkestone’s zig-zag path, built in the 1920s from Pulhamite to appear as natural rocks and grottos. In her work, Mellowing the Corners, Mariko Hori has created Pulhamite ‘boulders’ on three different sites, which will contain objects donated by residents instead of rubbish.
Mike Stubbs (b.1961, England) presents Climate Emergency Services, a memorably customised vehicle that dramatises the role of fossil fuels in climate change and plays with the value hierarchies of the motor industry.
Morag Myerscough (b. 1963, England) has designied a gateway or ‘welcome pavilion’ for the former gasworks site at Ship Street. From here, visitors will be able to view the entire site and imagine how it might be developed in future.
Patrick Corillon’s (b. 1959, Belgium) series of five sculptural relic-boxes have been inspired by his dialogue with a group of local residents. Located on the course of St Eanswythe’s waterway, the boxes and relics refer to children’s games and to St. Eanswythe herself.
Co-commissioned by England’s Creative Coast, a landmark partnership project connecting the landscape and arts organisations across the South East coast, artist Pilar Quinteros (b.1988, Chile) presents Janus’ Fortress: Folkestone. Quinteros works across drawing, sculpture, performance, and video. Her works are often intentionally fragile and made from unusual or recycled materials.
Rana Begum (b. 1977, Bangladesh), has designed a special colour scheme to enliven more than one hundred new and refurbished beach huts on Lower Saxon Way.
Richard Deacon’s (b. 1949, Wales) work for Folkestone Triennial, Benchmark nos 1-5, is a result of his ongoing preoccupation with plinths and the crucial role they have played in the development of sculpture.
Sam Belinfante (b. 1983, England) will create a mobile sculptural performance On the Circulation of the Blood, a reference to William Harvey’s key medical textbook of 1648 De Motu Cordis.
Shezad Dawood (b. 1974, England) presents The Terrarium, the second element of his Virtual Reality trilogy entitled Leviathan Legacy a major five-year multifaceted project that looks at the intersection between climate change, migration and mental health.
Stephenie Bergman (b. 1946, England) is recognised internationally for her ceramic sculptures whose forms are grounded in everyday functionality. For the Triennial, she is contributing sculptures that play on forms we associate with medicine – from pills to organs, veins and arteries.
Tina Gverović (b.1975, Croatia) works with many different media, often to create immersive, disorientating installations on the theme of space, territory and identity.
The German artist duo Wolfgang Winter and Berthold Hörbelt, Winter/Hörbelt (established 1992) contribute a striking sculptural intervention to the Shellons Street crossing, a key location in the urban landscape.