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Folkestone Triennial 2017: Town all set as public works of art unveiled for Saturday’s big opening

PUBLISHED: 11:06 31 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:06 31 August 2017

Antony Gormley, Another Time, commissioned by the Creative Foundation for Folkestone Triennial 2017. Image by Thierry Bal.

Antony Gormley, Another Time, commissioned by the Creative Foundation for Folkestone Triennial 2017. Image by Thierry Bal.

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Some 19 renowned artists have been commissioned to produce site-specific works

Emily Peasgood, Halfway to Heaven, commissioned by the Creative Foundation for Folkestone Triennial 2017. Image by Thierry Bal. Emily Peasgood, Halfway to Heaven, commissioned by the Creative Foundation for Folkestone Triennial 2017. Image by Thierry Bal.

Thousands are set to flock to Folkestone from this weekend as the Folkestone Triennial gets under way.

Running from this Saturday, September 2, to November 5, a host of internationally recognised artists have been commissioned to create 19 new site-specific artworks to be exhibited in Folkestone’s public spaces under the title Double Edge.

Some of the works will remain in the town to add to its expanding art collection, Folkestone Artworks.

Among those in place for the duration of the even will be one of Antony Gormley’s impress cast-iron figures which will stand by the beach, disappearing and reappearing with the ebb and flow of the tide.

Marc Schmitz and Dolgor Ser-Od, Siren, commissioned by the Creative Foundation for Folkestone Triennial 2017. Image by Thierry Bal. Marc Schmitz and Dolgor Ser-Od, Siren, commissioned by the Creative Foundation for Folkestone Triennial 2017. Image by Thierry Bal.

Double Edge refers to the two main axes around which Folkestone’s development as a town has taken place historically and geographically: the seashore and the Pent Stream, an ancient watercourse flowing from the North Downs into the sea, dividing east and west Folkestone.

Double edge makes use of the specifics of the locality to explore universal ‘edge’ issues, including borders and frontiers; margins and the periphery; thresholds, gateways and the liminal. It will also further develop the inquiry into ‘sense of place’ that guided the Folkestone Triennial’s last outing in 2014.

Lewis Biggs, curator of Folkestone Triennial, said: “It has been a pleasure to see how these imaginative artists extend their practice to create work outdoors, engaging with the history and fabric of the town, to explore the universal issues that are always their concern. We hope that the artworks will excite and inspire a wide variety of audiences over the next nine weeks and in some cases for many years to come.”

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