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Last chance to catch Folkestone Triennial

  • Date: 2 September 2011
  • Area: South East
woman sits on the beach next to her sculpture of a man

The unveiling of The Folkestone Mermaid by Cornelia Parker, part of the Folkestone Triennial. Credit: Creative Foundation

There are only a few weeks left to take in the Folkestone Triennial public arts project before its closedown on 25 September.

Along with Strange Cargo, the Triennial will present a major international conference, 'Stretching New Boundaries: Participation in Visual Arts', with speakers Jochen Gerz and Mirjam Struppek on 22 September.

Nineteen international artists have been invited to develop new works for Folkestone's squares, beaches, streets and buildings to create a cutting edge contemporary art exhibition in the Kent seaside town.

Critical reception of the festival has been positive, with The Guardian describing it as 'magical' and 'exhilarating', while The Times hailed it as 'enthralling', with a visit to the installation being 'a good chance to make some enchanting discoveries'.

The 2011 Triennial's curator Andrea Schlieker said: 'We are delighted that the Triennial has had such an enthusiastic response from local, national and international visitors. The town is buzzing as people are taking advantage of the new high speed train to Folkestone.

'Nowhere else in the UK can you explore a charming seaside town while experiencing new works in evocative surroundings by internationally celebrated artists.'