04 July 2011
Students at University Centre Folkestone have created a London Underground-style map of the Folkestone Triennial festival, to guide visitors around past and present Triennial artwork sites this summer.
The mural on Tontine Street
The students were briefed to plan a public intervention inspired by the Festival and its walking tours. The group, formed of first-year students Joe Grey, Annmarie Chapman, Elizabeth James, and recent Visual Arts graduate Lola Godoy, were mentored and sponsored by organisers of the Triennial festival and staff at the University.
Elisabeth James, first year student, said: “The ‘lines’ guide the viewer around Folkestone, but the schematic nature of the map forces visitors to work out their own routes between consecutive ‘stations’, thus importing an element of chance into their wanderings.”
The innovative map is displayed in a prime location: half-way up Tontine Street, near the ‘gateway’ to Folkestone’s ‘Creative Quarter’ presently marked by the Triennial Visitor Centre near the Harbour.
Planets by Sally Higgs and Anne Wimsett
In addition to this initiative, University Centre Folkestone has also launched its own programme of installations and workshops as part of the Fringe events, A Million Miles From Home, including two Arts Council-funded projects by Jonathan Wright and Birmingham artist-led collective Blood, Sweat and Tears.
Jonathan Wright’s installations on the roof and in the main entrance of UCF were installed alongside work by Sally Higgs and Anne Wimsett on 22nd June, joining John Sims’ exhibition Aviary Predators which opened on 14th June.
More information on the Fringe at UCF can be found at http://www.ucf.ac.uk UCF Triennial Fringe Events.
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.
- In 2010 the Faculty of Education received top grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
- Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating.
- Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
- Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.