SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE AND FOLKESTONE IS ALREADY BEGINNING TO SHINE ! THERE ’ S LOTS TO SEE AND DO IN THIS UNIQUE SEASIDE TOWN THAT IS OVERFLOWING WITH CREATIVE FLAIR , INCLUDING EXPLORING THE ICONIC FOLKESTONE ARTWORKS COLLECTION .
Folkestone ’ s collection of 27 contemporary artworks are on permanent display , 24 hours a day , 365 day a year . Located throughout the town , the collection offers visitors a unique experience with artworks popping up in both scenic and surprising locations .
The collection aims to deliver an experience of contemporary art beyond the gallery , to encourage different ways of seeing , learning and thinking about contemporary art , free of charge .
Folkestone Artworks includes work by artists as celebrated as Turner Prize nominee Tracey Emin , whose seven-part sculpture Baby Things is a tender , subtle yet poignant response to her perception of the prevalence of teenage pregnancies in the town . 2007 Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger ’ s Folk Stones has a profound underpinning , 19,240 numbered stones , the exact number of soldiers killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916 , and can be found close to the Leas Cliff Hall .
Visiting the Folkestone Artworks is the perfect way to exercise your canine friend ! Especially with Pae White ’ s Barking Rocks ; a play park specifically designed for dogs situated just off The Leas in Pleydell Gardens .
Internationally acclaimed Kentbased artist Hamish Fulton has created a metal sign in the Harbour area , mapping the 31 water-related walks he has made from coast to coast , river to river , coast to river , across the British Isles and Western Europe over his 40-year career .
Since the 2014 Folkestone Triennial Lookout , nine artworks have been added to Folkestone Artworks . This includes the iconic coastal sculpture Beach Hut in the Style of Nicholas
Hawksmoore by artist Pablo Bronstein , which adds an unexpected morsel of English Baroque architecture to the Folkestone beachfront .
Situated on the highest point of the historical building The Grand is artist and activist Yoko Ono ’ s Morse code light . This beacon signals Earth Peace to ships passing through the channel and communicates peace towards France .
Grab your bucket and spade and wait for low tide to visit Michael Sailstorfer ’ s Folkestone Dig ! With only 8 of the 30 reportedly buried gold pieces found , Folkestone Harbour still remains as a site to dig for gold !
The collection recognises the need to engage with local people as well as national and international visitors and so provides numerous opportunities for the public to actively participate . As the town has no gallery or museum , Folkestone represents a “ gallery without walls ”, aiming to bring art of the highest calibre to the widest group of people .