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Open Quarter 2022: Open Studios

Open Quarter 2022: Open Studios

Come and say hello to Folkestone's Creative Quarter. Open Quarter is back and everyone is invited. This is your chance to step inside artist studios and get up close with inspiring artworks.

For one day only, artists, creatives, designers and makers will be opening up their studios, creative spaces and homes for you to explore.

Step inside and meet artists, see work in progress, or buy a unique artwork for your home.

It is free to explore the Creative Quarter but please note some artists may be running workshops requiring booking or a small fee.

Due to the historic nature of the Creative Quarter, many of the studios have limited access. For any access requirements please get in touch with us at

The Old High St, Folkestone CT20

Fat Hen & Flo
3, 11-15 The Old High Street, 10am – 4pm
Susan McKenna will be opening her studio, home to Fat Hen And Flo screen printed pop culture idol gifts. She will also be showing her textile art - Thread Bare Woman - in the first-floor gallery.

Nik & Trick Photo Services
Dual location: Kipps’ Alehouse, 11-15 The Old High St, 11am – 5pm & Nik and Trick Photo Services, 63 The Old High Street, 11am – 5pm
Making Faces: Portraits From The 80s
This exhibition showcases Terry Smith’s photographs of some of the most famous faces of 80s, including Boy George and Ozzy Osbourne. | @nikandtrickphotoservices | @kipps_alehouse

Poets' Corner
Outside Steep Street Coffee House, 18-24 The Old High Street, 1pm – 3pm
Street poetry at Open Quarter 2022: Poets’ Corner presents an open mic for community poetry on a local and international theme in the Old High Street. Dave Horn, Faith Warn and Anthony White will perform and offer a warm welcome to all to take a turn at the mic.
Poets' Corner on Facebook

Aimée Craddock Jewellery
25 The Old High Street, 10:30am – 5pm
Heavily inspired by the brutalist and modernist periods. Aimée hand crafts fine jewellery using recycled precious metals and responsibly sourced gemstones.

Pavement Pounders
24a The Old High Street, 12am – 4pm
David Lay will be showing and selling images from his long running project ‘A Nos Peri en Mer’, inspired both by the photographs of mariners lost at sea at La Calvaire du Marin in Boulogne and the seascapes of pioneer French photographer Gustave Le Grey. | Pavement Pounders Facebook

The Woodshed Gallery
Bail Steps, off The Old High Street, 11am – 4pm
The Woodshed Studio was rebuilt by owners Amanda & Jon in 2016 on the site of the old slaughterhouse at the top of Bail Steps, in the historic Bayle area.
An eclectic range of work in progress and for sale can be seen in the gallery - with additional work by artist Clare Hamilton.

Folkestone Wholefoods
43 The Old High Street, 10am – 4pm
Come and join us at Folkestone Wholefoods to sample our beautiful and delicious quality herbal teas. These have been expertly blended by our resident Medical Herbalist, Lynda Jones using the finest organic medical grade plants.

Constance MacQueen and Prophecy Allen
48a The Old High Street, 10am – 3pm
Pro and Con live, work and create in their home together on the Old High Street. Prophecy makes costumes and studies costume, pattern making and garment construction. Prophecy will have her costume makes and art on display for open studios. Constance is a painter working as a costume and fashion assistant. She will have her most recent work on display where she has been exploring human issues and relationships within the subjects of grief, ill health, depression and love using the medium of paint.

Sarah Carpenter
Fourth Wall Folkestone, 48 The Old High Street, 10am – 4pm
Sarah Carpenter will be opening Fourth Wall Folkestone for all things Art and Mental Health. Pop in for a chat and to see firsthand how creative processes can be used as a research tool. There will also be original artwork for sale. | @sarahcarpentercreative | @SarahCCreative | @fourthwallfolkestone

Andre Verissimo
49 The Old High Street, 12.30am - 4.30pm
‘Death murmurations, an humbling’ will be an immersive sound mediation on death and its friendship. Gongs, monochord, electronics, spoken word, looped voice, found sounds and warm drinks.

Madi Strong Ceramics
Studio 6, 56 - 58 The Old High Street, 10am - 6pm
Visit a small working pottery studio and see how Madi's ceramics are made from wheel throwing to final firing.

Alison Neighbour
63 The Old High Street, 12am – 4pm
View drawings, sculpture, collage and maps from The (Future) Wales Coast Path, an ongoing research project about impermanent land, currently taking place on the Gwent Levels (Wales) and Sagar Island (India). Join the discussion about making art in response to environmental concerns, and contribute to creating a "flotilla for the future". Also on display will be artefacts from Beacons, The Quest & The Gathering, with another chance to meet the Sea Gooseberries; and examples of theatrical set design and model making. | @alisonneighbourart | @futurecoastpath

Thurle Wright
63 The Old High Street, 11am - 5pm
Thurle has invited two respected artists, Tania McCormack and Clare Smith, to share the beautiful space upstairs at number 63. An attempt to take our conversations off social media and into a tangible room, where we, and you(!), can see our work afresh and help make richer layers of sense.
@taniamcormack | @clare_smith | @thurle.wright

Nik & Trick Photo Services
Dual location: Nik and Trick Photo Services, 63 The Old High Street, 11am – 5pm & Kipps’ Alehouse, 11-15 The Old High St, 11am – 5pm
Making Faces: Portraits From The 80s
This exhibition showcases Terry Smith’s photographs of some of the most famous faces of 80s, including Boy George and Ozzy Osbourne. | @nikandtrickphotoservices | @kipps_alehouse

Rob Birch
Flat 3, 69B The Old High Street, 10am - 4pm
David Sylvester to Francis Bacon – “Could one put it like this? – That you are trying to make an image of appearance that is conditioned as little as possible by the accepted standards of what appearance is."

Studio S3
Unit 3, 69b The Old High Street, 10am – 5pm
Set up in the summer of 2022, Studio S3 is a collaboration between Simon Davenport, Shahed Shaleem and product design studio, Tiipoi. An interdisciplinary studio, S3 is a space for making with a specialisation in design, product development, and fabrication. S3 is based on the coast in Folkestone, Kent.

Soraia Andersen
2-4 South Street (at the bottom of the Old High St), 10am - 6pm
Studio of award-winning artist Soraia Andersen
Influenced by Matisse’s cutouts, the artist transmutes pain into colour through states of flow. Soraia will be showcasing brand new work including Miniature Painting and one-of a-kind hand finished prints with Gold leaf and Swarovski Crystal. She will also be offering buyers 10% off any purchase on the day.

Elmstead Place, Folkestone

Helen Lee
2 Elmstead Place, 10am – 4pm
Helen, a CF Tenant Emerita (2016), is a painter and drawer. She will be showing her work as she reorganises and catalogues her new painting rack.

Tontine Street, Folkestone, CT20

Urban Room Folkestone
Urban Room Folkestone, Tram Road Car Park, 11am – 3pm
'A Sense of Place - Caribbean Women in the Landscape' is a photographic exhibition set in and around Folkestone, which celebrates stories of overcoming the obstacles associated with relocation, to achieve a sense of belonging. The exhibition is by local photographer and foodie Anita J McKenzie. Between 11am – 1pm, pop by to meet the photographer for a cup of Caribbean Gold Tea and a chat about the exhibition.
@urbanroomfstone | @fstonefringe | @anitascreative | @originsuntold

Ali Hodgkinson Fogg
Studio 4, 14 Tontine Street, 10am - 4pm
Ali will be showing works in progress from a collection she is preparing for an exhibition later this year. She will also have an art sale in which you'll be able to buy works for up to 50% off the original price.

Kate Knight
Studio 2, 14 Tontine St, 10am – 4pm
From the cheese rolling hills of Gloucester to the necromancy of Lilac Wine, as humans we seek out a materiality that inspires to transcend us beyond our own materiality. In my practice a strong focus is placed upon catharsis and wishing, and perfuming the spirit of the work is a magical aesthetic.

15 Tontine Street, 11am – 3:30pm
Touchbase Care will be opening their centre and gallery to the public with free entry. There will be performances by the members as well as an exhibition of their artwork. The cafe will be serving delicious afternoon teas from 11am - 2pm.
At 11.30am there will be a drumming demonstration and workshop. At 2pm and 3pm, come to watch ‘Inside Out’, an entertaining cabaret devised and performed by the members of Touchbase Care. Numbers are limited for ‘Inside Out’ and entry will be on a first come first served basis.
@touchbasecare | @TouchbaseCare | Toucbase Care Facebook

The Stables
35 Tontine Street, 10am – 5pm
Visit a collective group of painters, sculptors, ceramic artists, printmakers, miniaturist, jewellers and craft makers at the Stables Gallery. The artists’ studios are open to for you to see the processes and techniques involved in creating their art. There will also be the opportunity to buy artworks directly from the makers.

48 Tontine Street, 9am – 5pm
VlogOn is a digital marketing company that supports vlogging for businesses by offering content creation, production, consultancy and education, designed for business growth. | @VlogOn_UK | VlogOn Facebook

Monika Szklarska
55-57 Tontine Street, 10am – 4pm
Monika creates representational works mostly in oil using a variety of traditional supports from linen to wooden panels, but occasionally creates smaller sketches on paper or canvas boards. Her realistic paintings are inspired by the Old Masters techniques forgotten by modern artists. She would like to reintroduce glazing as a way to achieve luminosity of colours incomparable to any other technique.

62 Tontine Street
11am – 1pm
Beats by Girlz UK is a project centred around increasing access to music production for girls, women and gender expansive folk. We run regular courses at Seaview Studio and every Saturday we host drop-in sessions at DIY4Folke to bring the music-making community together and share skills. If you are interested in learning how to record your musical ideas, experiment with sound, or create your new live electronic music performance set - this is the place for you! Open to all girls, women and gender expansive folk.
1pm – 3pm
Take a look at a DIY screen printing space and get involved in the screen printing process with artist Joao Caridade.
Doors 4pm, live music 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Folkestone Contemporary Folke Festival takes over DIY4Folke for a special one-off event showcasing contemporary folk and acoustic artists. Doors 4pm, Live music 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Donation door. Limited capacity so arrive early

Contemporary Space
69 Tontine Street, Folkestone England, CT20 1JR, 12-6pm
Jeffrey Bligh by David Thorp
This new exhibition at Contemporary Space Jeffrey Bligh by David Thorp, curated by Tomas Poblete, presents a selection of works that correspond to different episodes in Bligh’s rich life. It talks about time and transformation, using the language of conceptual art to explore memory. It alludes to the idea that nothing remains static through time and that this continuous flux and evolution blends history and life juxtaposing different realities. Bligh and Thorp share some similarities. Jeffrey Bligh was adopted shortly after birth and from then on, he was known as David Thorp. Recently, Bligh has returned as an artist to his birth name, everything Jeffrey Bligh does David Thorp does too. l @contemporarysp3

Prison Style Tattoo BRB
67 Tontine Street, 11am - 4pm
BRB tattoo studio will be opening its doors and allowing people to view tattoos, both machine and handpoke being applied to skin first hand.
@prisonstyle_brb | @brb_tattoo | @beartattooz | @sean.chill

73 Tontine Street Folkestone CT20 1JR
In this latest exhibition at CT20, Folkestone, ‘Color Ville’ brings together the works of four contemporary artists whose practices explore and interrogate colour, language, and symbolism. From the urgent punk iconography of Prisonstyle’s doodle works and the acid green backed expressionist figures of a new diptych from Tomas Poblete, to Lucie Flynn’s dynamic juxtaposition of clashing palettes and direct black text to a call from Ben Eine to ‘BE BOLD NEVER BORING’, the show grapples with the use of language as medium and the language of colour in creating narrative.
@C_T_2_0 l @einesigns l @lucie.flynn l @prisonstyle_brb l @arcanmellor

Core Therapies
74 Tontine Street, 10am – 4pm
Core Therapies is excited to announce an anxiety workshop at 10am, as well as various express massage, reflexology & facial treatments to raise money for two local charities MIND and The Pilgrims Hospice, giving everyone the opportunity to try new treatments, meet our team and ask questions. Appointments are on a first come basis. To prebook an appointment, check out the website or Facebook. | @coretherapies_ | Core Therapies Clinic Facebook

Mill Bay, Folkestone, CT20

James Jackson
3 Mill Bay, 10am – 5pm
James will be doing live ‘profile’ portraits over the whole of Open Quarter. Pop by, say hello and have your portrait drawn through the eyes and by the hand of one of Folkestone’s best established portrait painters. Free, and to take away with you.

Vaughn Horsman
Studio 1B, first floor, 65 - 69 Tontine Street (Mill Bay entrance), 10am – 4pm
Vaughn Horsman paints unconventional abstract interpretations of the landscapes we live inside. His paintings are a blend of traditional techniques and digital tools like paint brushes, palette knives, power tools, CAD software, programming, CNC and laser cutting.

Annie Gould
Ground floor, 1 Mill Bay, 10am – 4pm
The ground floor of the Objectables office at 1 Mill Bay will be open to exhibit Annie Gould’s oil paintings. Cards and prints will be available to buy too!

digital:glassworks, Folkestone CT20

Folkestone Fringe
Folkestone Fringe Studio, GF11, first floor, digital:glassworks, 11am – 1pm
Developed through lockdown to present day, Signals is a messaging project using international maritime flags as a regenerated form of visual communication that celebrates Folkestone’s rich maritime culture, whilst encouraging communities to come together again to engage in new forms of communication. For all the family! | @fstonefringe | @FstoneFringe

Screen South
Open Green Screen Studio in Screen South studio, digital:glassworks, Mill Bay, Folkestone, drop in any time between 10am - 5pm
Gaming Lab – Play. Produce. Immerse.
You are warmly invited to drop in and join Screen South to explore the Gaming Lab.
A range of exciting activities will be available, including an exciting combination of VR and Green Screen technologies allowing you to fully immerse yourself in a digital world, and a number of team-based and independent VR-based games and short films. You can also explore the games that pioneered the gaming world and sit in on a screening of various documentaries & interviews exploring gaming history.


Creative Quarter
The Old High St, Tontine St and surrounding streets,
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