Folkestone: Contemporary Art, Historical Town
27 May — 27 May 2021 | Tour Director: Imogen Corrigan
In recent years, Folkestone has become a remarkable showcase for contemporary artists, a vast seaside gallery for some of the contemporary art scene’s biggest names. As we seek out these modern treasures on a brand new day course, we will also learn about the rich history of this Victorian seaside town along the way.
Join ACE Tour Director and Arts Society lecturer Imogen Corrigan as she guides us on a walk from Folkestone’s historical Creative Quarter along the seafront and harbours, beach and clifftop promenade, taking in the rich array of site-specific works on display. From Antony Gormley to Banksy and Tracey Emin, to name but a few, we will discover an exciting collection of artworks around Folkestone that range from bold, eye-catching installations to smaller, subtler pieces that wait quietly to be discovered.
On this study day, we will pay particular attention to the ways in which art is entwined with the fabric of Folkestone, and how artists have drawn on the history of the town in their creations.
Imogen Corrigan BA, MPhil, FRSA is a medieval historian. Following almost 20 years in the army, from which she retired in the rank of Major, Imogen obtained a first-class degree in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval History from the University of Kent and subsequently an MPhil from the University of Birmingham. An accredited Arts Society lecturer, she is also a Freeman of the Company of Communicators. Imogen is based in Folkestone and has plenty to share on the history and the art to be found there.
BA, MPhil, FRSA
Imogen Corrigan is a medieval historian
Tour assembles 1030 at Folkestone Central Station. Examine first artwork before transfer by taxi to the Creative Quarter for included coffee break. Begin walking route towards the harbour taking in numerous artworks along the way. Break for independent picnic lunch near harbour.
Continue walk through the harbour station and along the harbour arm to the lighthouse. Head west to examine artworks on the beach before ascending the cliff to look at artworks along The Leas. Complete walking route at the New Great War Memorial and return by taxi to Folkestone Central Station where day concludes c 1630.
27 May 2021
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"Imogen was excellent. Knowledgeable in depth and breadth"
ACE customer on previous tour with Imogen Corrigan
FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
A good level of fitness is required for this day course, and participants should be prepared for a substantial amount of walking with limited opportunity for sitting down. The route is approximately 4.5 miles in total, at times over uneven terrain (such as the beach), and includes a 130 foot zigzag path up the cliff (a broad path with railings at a gradual gradient). There are two taxi journeys included on this day course to maximise our time with Imogen on the artwork trail.
Cost of day course: £85
Please note that only morning coffee is included: due to the location and facilities available, you are required to bring your own packed lunch, to be eaten at a suitable outdoor spot near the harbour.