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A series of exciting free talks, bringing together artists, academics, educators and organisations across various cultural venues in Folkestone, to discuss the relationships between art, education and public space.

Alternative Art School Histories

Strange Cargo, The Factory, 43 Geraldine Road

Wed 26 Sep, 7 - 8.30pm

Nicholas Houghton (artist) and Terry Smith (artist)

An evening where remembering alternative art school histories will be used to ask how might new public spaces be created if 'the school has no building its site is everywhere'? (T.Smith)

Breaking Hierarchies and Building New Networks

Brewery Tap UCA Project Space, 53 Tontine Street, Folkestone

3 October, 7 - 8.30pm Neil Griffiths (Arts Emergency), Tania McCormack (Creative Foundation) and Philippa Wall (Threads)

Hear from three different local arts organisations on the ways that they are building new networks to keep the arts and humanities open to everyone. A brilliant opportunity to find out how you can get involved in supporting and being supported.

Exteriority Complex

Meet at Custom, East Yard, Harbour Station. The walk will start and finish at East Yard.

10 October, 7 - 8.30pm

“Space is a practiced place” (De Certeau). Join Cherry Truluck (artist and director of Custom Folkestone) on this walking and talking exploration, where we will create a new space for learning, a space of exchange between the act of making and the place in which it is made.

The Future of Art Teachers

The Drawing Room, The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone

17 October, 7 - 8.30pm

Maddy Crossland (Brockhill Academy), Jon Papworth (The Folkestone Academy) and Beth Walker (The Edge, East Kent College)

Join the panel as they share their personal strategies and stories for keeping creative arts and design education as an option, accessible and on the curriculum. Are some of the current difficulties facing art teachers’ national problems? Or are some specific to Folkestone?

Unpacking the Folkestone Banksy Controversy

The Clearing, Quarterhouse, Mill Bay, Folkestone

24 October, 7 - 8.30pm

Carol Diehl (artist & writer)

“With the anonymous street artist, Banksy, the painting on the wall is only the beginning and the real art is in the unpredictable events it provokes. Here New York artist and art critic, Carol Diehl, examines a single work, Art Buff, the artist’s unofficial entry in the 2014 Folkestone Triennial. Sited at the cross-section of greed and philanthropy, Art Buff caused a spin-off of intrigue, legal wrangling, gentrification, and art world commentary that continues to this day.”

Photo credit: Bob and Roberta Smith, FOLKESTONE IS AN ART SCHOOL, commissioned by the Creative Foundation for Folkestone Triennial 2017. Image by Thierry Bal.

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