The Plot – Creative Folkestone Triennial

Shezad Dawood, Where do we go now?, 2017. Resin and polychromatic paint, 100 x 140 x 80 cm

Creative Folkestone Triennial
The Plot

September 5–November 8, 2020

Creative Folkestone announces details of the artists participating in the fifth Folkestone Triennial, The Plot, running Saturday, September 5–Sunday, November 8, 2020. 20 artists have been commissioned to create new artworks to be exhibited across Folkestone for one of the UK’s most ambitious art exhibitions.

Following the Triennial some works will remain as permanent additions to the UK’s largest urban exhibition of contemporary art, Creative Folkestone Artworks, cementing Folkestone’s position as the south coast’s creative hub.

Artists selected for Creative Folkestone Triennial 2020 include Rana Begum, Sam Belinfante, Stephenie Bergman, Patrick Corillon, Shezad Dawood, Richard Deacon, Jacqueline Donachie, genuinefake, Gilbert & George, Helga Griffiths, Mariko Hori, Christopher Houghton Budd, Atta Kwami, Morag Myerscough, Jacqueline Poncelet, Pilar Quinteros, Mike Stubbs, Jason Wilsher-Mills, Winter / Hörbelt and HoyCheong Wong & Simon Davenport & Shahed Saleem / Makespace.

The Plot invites visitors to discover new artworks whilst exploring the town and its urban narratives. The artworks will be sited along three routes associated with particular stories: the streets associated with physician William Harvey, noted for his “discovery” of the circulation of the blood; St Eanswythe’s Watercourse; and Folkestone’s industrial road “The Milky Way.” Encouraging viewers to question the gap between the tales and the urbanism of the town, The Plot invites consideration of the concept of “place-making”; “Although set in Folkestone, the exhibition’s theme is a universal one, prompting us to consider the relation between stories and material realities everywhere in the world. Everyone becomes aware at some point of the gap between our lived experience and what is narrated about it. Sometimes this gap is so extreme that we assume it is the result of malice—it’s a plot. With conspiracy theories becoming ever more popular, it’s never been more urgent to think about the gap between the talk and the action, between our stories and our realities,” says Lewis Biggs, Curator of Creative Folkestone Triennial.

For the full programme please visit the website.


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