On Tuesday 11 March 2014, the Creative Foundation announced details of the artists commissioned for the third edition of Folkestone Triennial, one of the UK’s most ambitious art exhibitions. Internationally recognised artists have been commissioned to create a collection of new artworks to be exhibited in Folkestone’s public spaces under the title Lookout. Folkestone Triennial runs from 30 August – 2 November 2014.
The artists are: Jyll Bradley; Pablo Bronstein; Strange Cargo; Diane Dever and Jonathan Wright; Tim Etchells; Andy Goldsworthy; Ian Hamilton Finlay; John Harle and Tom Pickard; Emma Hart; Alex Hartley; Will Kwan; Gabriel Lester; Amina Menia; muf Architecture/Art; Yoko Ono; Marjetica Potrč and Ooze Architects; rootoftwo; Sarah Staton; Something & Son.
These artists have been invited to make new work in relation to specific sites in Folkestone. The result is artworks that relate directly to the town and its socio-economic and cultural history, as well as exploring universal issues. Some commissions will rejuvenate existing sites, others will create new environments in the town, involve and collaborate with the local communities, and address aspects of our daily lives that affect people on a global scale, such as climate change, environment, sustainability, technology and communication.
Lewis Biggs, Curator of Folkestone Triennial, said: “I’m very proud to be Curator for an exhibition that is fast becoming a focus of interest around the world. The Folkestone Triennial presents a very special opportunity for artists who want the challenge of showing outside the gallery, museum or sale room. I have been careful to invite only artists whose works fits the opportunity; who want to be in dialogue with the urban context, who have something to say about contemporary life in a wider world and who want to engage with a broader audience.”
For Folkestone Triennial 2014, we are creating Whithervanes, “a neurotic early worrying system” consisting of a network of sculptures of five headless chickens, to be presented on the highest points of five buildings. The buildings have been selected for their prominence and significance to the community in which they are placed, as well as for their height. The Whithervanes, 21st Century weathervanes, will track and measure the production of fear on the Internet and highlights how much our contemporary media, policy and political frameworks utilize fear as a persuasive method. For more on the other artists and works, visit http://www.folkestonetriennial.org.uk/.