Club Shepway present their second season of Vernacular Events, Vernacular Folk, featuring artists, groups and projects responding to themes of folklore and the uncanny.
Russell Maurice, Duncan Weston, Gail Burton, Bridgette Ashton, Matthew Cowan, Matt Rowe, Sarah Sparkes, Ricarda Vidal, Ruth Calland, Cathy Lomax, Mélanie Lecointe, François Coadou, Luke Godfrey, Annabel Dover, Hayley Lock, Alex Pearl, Mimei Thompson
Tall Tales (Matt Rowe) GHost Club (Sarah Sparkes and Ricarda Vidal) , Field, The Count of Monte Cristo: The Unknown
Monkey Puzzle Tree Cub, Bridgette Ashton, Russell Maurice, Duncan Weston
Club Shepway are seeking publications from artists centred around the themes of folklore and the uncanny to help form a reading room of regional myth.
Please send submissions to:
The B&B Project Space
14 Tontine Street
Kent CT20 1JU
Notes for Editors:
Throughout the build up to the Folkestone Triennial 2011 the B&B Project Space will become a residency venue for artists researching and developing work for the Folkestone Triennial Fringe. The selected artists have been asked to respond to the theme of folklore and the uncanny.
The works produced will form content for the Folkestone Triennial Fringe Events and will be documented in a publication, which will be published by Club Shepway.
Background to Theme: Folklore and the Uncanny
Folkestone is a gateway town, a portal to other cultures and areas, which has lead to the creation of a place with mingled and confused identities. Looking back over the town’s history it becomes apparent that the town’s denizens have courted their transitory environs seeing the opportunity in the ability to confused and myotholgise.
Folkestone has been inhabited since the Roman period running as a successful trading port, but it wasn’t until the Saxons c. AD 630 when Princess Easnwythe, (later canonized), made water run up hill and expelled the birds from her crops that the miracles and uncanny happenings were recorded.
Acting as a Limb to the Cinque ports of Hythe and Dover Folkestone benefited from the entitlements bestowed on the members of the confederation such as an exemption from tax; self-government, including it’s own justice system and possession of lost goods that remain unclaimed after a year, goods thrown overboard, and floating wreckage. This leeway led to a lawlessness, which resulted in the creation of a self styled place with water running up hill conveniently at a port on the pilgrimage to Canterbury.
Folkestone emerged as a thriving Edwardian seaside resort frequented by Edward VII himself, HG Wells and Agatha Christie. It was badly damaged in both the World Wars and it tails can be seen in the architecture and denizens of the town today.