Open Quarter 2015
by Courtney Knowles
Inviting the public in for a taster of the behind the scenes of the creative community, the Creative Quarter is giving people the chance to look around the different art exhibitions, jewellers and designers studios which also coincides with the launch of the new additions to the permanent triennial collection.
Along with studio artists such as Alan Smith, Malcolm Allen, Sam Capell, Wayne Reeves, Dee Taylor, Patsy Burrows, Sophie Beddingham, Alexia Froluch, Richard Collett, Charlotte Harris and Lucy Porter, there will also be special offers and extended opening hours.
Cursley and Bond will be offering free jewellery washing while Hiraeth Creative will polish and reshape rings free of charge; artist Shane Record will be in-store demonstrating; Jo Letchford Mosaics are offering a 20% discount on mosaics and materials; Rennies will be opening late till 8pm providing drinks, cheese and pineapple on sticks; Plectrums, Pens and Paints will be offering a 5% discount on Tanglewood instruments and the award winning Steven Harkin of Anecdotes design will be running a tote bag making workshop.
The weekend event begins on Friday at 5.30pm at the Quarterhouse, with 'Connecting Creatives' where local business owners, artists and start-ups will have the opportunity to discuss their plans and make contacts along with an opportunity to hear from local speakers.
A creative market will also be on over the weekend along with friendly Creative Quarter staff to point you in the right direction. And don't foregt to stop off at Payers Park where there will be a BBQ at 1pm on Saturday and live music to celebrate Folkestone Artworks, where you can also pick up the new map.
Not forgeting all the fantastic places to eat and drink including El Cortador which we have already reviewed for you here and Ampersand who are offering 10% off your bill and again, we have a review for you here.
The weekend will be packed with things to do including ‘the chip shop summer show’ alongwith ‘beyond gold’ at the mini money museum. The best part is the open quarter isn’t only one day, giving you the chance to discover amazing people with outstanding talents all weekend.
Friday 19 – Sunday 21 June
For more information on the Creative Foundation and details on spaces available for artists within the Creative Quarter please visit www.creativefoundation.org.uk