Creative Quarter

The Creative Quarter is close to the sea from where one can see France and is only 57 minutes from London by train. While the rents are affordable, the buildings are a mix of the restored historic and designer contemporary.
It is inhabited by hundreds of creative people ranging from international brand companies to sixth form students, from designers to makers, from artists to musicians. These people create a community that supports each other’s creativity and businesses.
All this makes Folkestone a great place to study, work, visit, play and above all live.
The Creative Foundation enables all this by promoting the area nationally and locally, enabling the community to flourish including providing events, ensuring the Quarter is sustainable through providing a progressive vision, affordable space and opportunities for growth.

Artworks

Folkestone Artworks is the new name for the collection of works originally commissioned by the Creative Foundation for the Folkestone Triennial that are now on permanent display in public spaces around the town. The collection after the first two Triennials boasts 16 high calibre artworks by an impressive array of young, emerging talent as well as more established artists. It is envisaged that Folkestone Artworks will continue to grow after each new Triennial, helping to further develop Folkestone’s reputation as a unique destination in the UK for those who enjoy contemporary art.
Experiencing art outside the confines of a gallery or institutional setting encourages different ways of seeing, learning and thinking about contemporary art.
The aim remains that when people think about Folkestone they think about the collection. The size of the collection now warrants a trip to Folkestone by itself and we would like the people of the town to be aware of it, proud of it and to talk about it.

Book Festival

November is an exciting time for the Creative Foundation as we bring the Folkestone Book Festival to town. Curated for the second year by Geraldine D'Amico I'm thrilled by the programme she has arranged. I have hardly recovered from last year and as I write my tomotillos as recommended by James Wong at his 2012 talk are growing nicely in the garden. I now look forward to the ten days of the festival to find out what adventures of the mind and body I will be sent on by the authors.
I am delighted that this year this journey will be shared with young students from the Folkestone Academy who have been working with writers in residence to produce their own work. I do hope you can join us all and I look forward to seeing you.
Alastair Upton, Chief Executive, Creative Foundation

Quarterhouse

Folkestone Quarterhouse is a Creative Foundation project, run alongside the Folkestone Triennial, Folkestone Artworks, Creative Quarter and home venue for Folkestone Book Festival. Quarterhouse shares the Creative Foundation's dedication to enabling the regeneration of Folkestone through creative activity. We are based moments from the harbour, at the bottom of The Old High Street.
Quarterhouse is run by a passionate and knowledgeable team made up of both permanent and casual staff.
Quarterhouse is a beacon for arts programming in East Kent that supports the regeneration of Folkestone. The venue provides a space at the heart of the Creative Quarter for artists and audiences with a programme that develops artists in the region, that adds to the reputation of Folkestone, that brings people to the town and makes Folkestone a more enjoyable place to live.

Triennial

The Folkestone Triennial is one of the most ambitious public art projects presented in the UK.Located in the seaside town of Folkestone on the south-east coast of England, artists are invited to use the town as their ‘canvas’, utilising public spaces to create striking new pieces that reflect issues affecting both the town and the wider world. Artists commissioned to take part in previous triennials include Cornelia Parker, Tracey Emin, Jeremy Deller, Martin Creed and Richard Wilson.
The Folkestone Triennial takes place every three years and is one of the 5 key projects of the Creative Foundation, which is an independent visionary arts charity dedicated to enabling the regeneration of Folkestone through creative activity. Working with the people of Folkestone, partners and other stakeholders, the Creative Foundation is transforming the town making it a better place to live, work, visit and study.

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The Creative Quarter is close to the sea from where one can see France and is only 57 minutes from London by train. While the rents are affordable, the buildings are a mix of the restored historic and designer contemporary.
It is inhabited by hundreds of creative people ranging from international brand companies to sixth form students, from designers to makers, from artists to musicians. These people create a community that supports each other’s creativity and businesses.
All this makes Folkestone a great place to study, work, visit, play and above all live.
The Creative Foundation enables all this by promoting the area nationally and locally, enabling the community to flourish including providing events, ensuring the Quarter is sustainable through providing a progressive vision, affordable space and opportunities for growth.
The Creative Foundation:
• Seeks, selects, nurtures and loves our tenants.
• Loves its portfolio of buildings respectful of their heritage, providing a range of spaces for different activities.
• Brings in investment and partners into the area and invests in its buildings.
• Delivers a vibrant venue, Quarterhouse, for families, young people and adults to enjoy performance, dance, music and comedy.
• Provides Artworks on its streets by internationally important artists.
The area has become a prime visitor attraction for Folkestone, Kent and the South East and an example of best practice for creatively-led regeneration.
Many of our properties in the Old High Street and Tontine Street were formerly retail units and we have preserved their shop fronts for creative retailers to take on these spaces. MK Artlab, for example, provides a huge array of quality artist materials, whilst Shane Record, one of our first tenants, has displayed for more than 10 years an exciting exhibition programme of painting and prints at his gallery at the top of the Old High Street.
Hidden Track Studios is a custom built recording studio that offers the same level of functionality and quality associated with world class studios, in a small footprint and affordable rates. And since we are on the subject of music, Mike runs a brilliant music shop Plectrums, Pens And Paints that specialises in guitars, amplification, brass, woodwind, ethnic and stringed instruments.
The creative industries are a vital part of the Creative Quarter ‘ecology’ and we are pleased to host some major players in this sector. Cognitive Media is an animation studio, which helps people to discover and learn new things with the help of storytelling, drawing and animation. You may know them from their work on the RSA Animates series and, more recently, their collaboration with TED-Ed. Others include Pebble Shores, a marketing, communications and advertising agency, as well as Screen South, the Regional Screen Agency for the South East of England. They promote the region’s talent, support opportunities for regional crew, facilities and locations, as well as presenting exciting film and entertainment to new audiences by enhancing access to festivals, exhibition and regional archives.
We also provide a home for businesses that support our creative community, such as bars and cafes. Kipps’ Alehouse Bar has a lively programme of evening events and is open daily for some of the finest beers, ales and snacks around. Fresh and Easy brings a bit of France to Folkestone with their delicious cakes and pastries! Beano’s is a wee gem in Tontine Street, one of the best vegetarian restaurants in the region. If you are a coffee fanatic then look no further than Manifest coffee shop. Inspiring Interiors is an interior design team who work on projects from small domestic to large commercial and bring a homely feel to the Old High Street.
We also offer a number of high quality residential flats, typically with one or two bedrooms, let unfurnished to creative individuals who would like to be involved in the Creative Quarter community. A number of our flats and units also offer studio space alongside living accommodation for artists that wish to live and work from home. This is a popular choice for many of our artists, such as Charlotte Harris, Dee Taylor, Jo Letchford, and Gillian White, who moved here to be part of the emerging art scene in Folkestone.
Alongside the shops, galleries, cafes, bars and restaurants the Creative Quarter is also home to the Glassworks Sixth Form Centre, Quarterhouse with its vibrant programme of theatre, comedy, music and home to the annual Folkestone Book Festival (15 – 24 Nov 2013), as well as The Cube, Kent County Council’s Adult Education Centre. Every 3 years the Creative Foundation stages one of the biggest visual art exhibitions nationally and internationally, the Folkestone Triennial, that has helped establish the reputation of Folkestone as a creative town, showcasing quality art from around the world. Look out for the next one in 2014.

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Folkestone Artworks is the new name for the collection of works originally commissioned by the Creative Foundation for the Folkestone Triennial that are now on permanent display in public spaces around the town. The collection after the first two Triennials boasts 16 high calibre artworks by an impressive array of young, emerging talent as well as more established artists.
It is envisaged that Folkestone Artworks will continue to grow after each new Triennial, helping to further develop Folkestone’s reputation as a unique destination in the UK for those who enjoy contemporary art. Experiencing art outside the confines of a gallery or institutional setting encourages different ways of seeing, learning and thinking about contemporary art.
The aim remains that when people think about Folkestone they think about the collection. The size of the collection now warrants a trip to Folkestone by itself and we would like the people of the town to be aware of it, proud of it and to talk about it.
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. It even includes a dog’s play park, Pae White’s Barking Rocks, situated just off The Leas in Pleydell Gardens. Internationally acclaimed Kent-based 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.

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November is an exciting time for the Creative Foundation as we bring the Folkestone Book Festival to town. Curated for the second year by Geraldine D'Amico I'm thrilled by the programme she has arranged. I have hardly recovered from last year and as I write my tomotillos as recommended by James Wong at his 2012 talk are growing nicely in the garden. I now look forward to the ten days of the festival to find out what adventures of the mind and body I will be sent on by the authors. I am delighted that this year this journey will be shared with young students from the Folkestone Academy who have been working with writers in residence to produce their own work. I do hope you can join us all and I look forward to seeing you.
Alastair Upton, Chief Executive, Creative Foundation

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Folkestone Quarterhouse is a Creative Foundation project, run alongside the Folkestone Triennial, Folkestone Artworks, Creative Quarter and home venue for Folkestone Book Festival. Quarterhouse shares the Creative Foundation's dedication to enabling the regeneration of Folkestone through creative activity. We are based moments from the harbour, at the bottom of The Old High Street.
Quarterhouse is run by a passionate and knowledgeable team made up of both permanent and casual staff.
Quarterhouse is a beacon for arts programming in East Kent that supports the regeneration of Folkestone. The venue provides a space at the heart of the Creative Quarter for artists and audiences with a programme that develops artists in the region, that adds to the reputation of Folkestone, that brings people to the town and makes Folkestone a more enjoyable place to live. At its heart is the engagement with the young people of the town from childhood to higher education. It is driven by a clear artistic vision.
This iconic building houses a creative team that is key in supporting the delivery of the Creative Foundation ambitions as well as establishing the venue as an inviting, inspiring and exciting place that is a vital part of its community. We aspire to becoming a venue where youcan experience, enjoy and take part in a diverse high quality arts programme. Our greatest passion is about providing opportunities for children, their families and for young people.

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The Folkestone Triennial is one of the most ambitious public art projects presented in the UK.
Located in the seaside town of Folkestone on the south-east coast of England, artists are invited to use the town as their ‘canvas’, utilising public spaces to create striking new pieces that reflect issues affecting both the town and the wider world. Artists commissioned to take part in previous triennials include Cornelia Parker, Tracey Emin, Jeremy Deller, Martin Creed and Richard Wilson.
The Folkestone Triennial takes place every three years and is one of the 5 key projects of the Creative Foundation, which is an independent visionary arts charity dedicated to enabling the regeneration of Folkestone through creative activity. Working with the people of Folkestone, partners and other stakeholders, the Creative Foundation is transforming the town making it a better place to live, work, visit and study.

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Creative Foundation
The Block 65-69 Tontine Street
Folkestone CT20 1JR
Tel: 01303 245799
Fax: 01303 223761
Registered Charity No. 1105174
Company No. 4566484
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www.creativefoundation.org.uk