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Folkestone Art trail

The Folkestone Art Trail starts from Folkestone Central railway station but you can of couse join anywhere on the circular walk

Like the Back of My Hand - sculpture (pictured) and new media presentation inside station - Strange Cargo Arts Company (2004) with the blue mosaic by Theresa Smith of Mooch Design

From the station, turn right and walk under the bridge and continue ahead to a roundabout.  Carefully cross the road and continue ahead along Castle Hill Avenue, past the Civic Centre until you come to the William Harvey statue on the seafront promenade (The Leas)

William Harvey - sculpture (pictured) by Albert Bruce-Joy (1878)

The Metropole Arts Centre (www.metropole.org.uk) is a short distance along The Leas to your right.

The walk continues by turning left and walk along The Leas until you come to the war memorial on a roundabout.

Folkestone War Memorial - memorial with a bronze sculpture (pictured) by F.V. Blundstone (1922).

To continue the walk, bear right and walk downhill along the Avenue of Rembrance and then continue ahead to Folkestone Harbour.  Bear left and you will find Minotaur close to the car park at the bottom of Tram Road.

Minotaur's head - sculpture by an unknown artist (Sophie Ryder?)

The area of Tontine Street and the Old High Street is being developed as a Creative Quarter (www.creativefoundation.org.uk).  You can also learn more about the redevelopment of the harbour area (www.folkestoneharbour.com)

The walk continues by crossing Tontine Street and walking up the Old High Street.  You will find the next sculpture near the top of the hill next to the Earl Grey pub.

Standing Lady-Hare with Dog (2000) (pictured) - sculpture in bronze by Sophie Ryder

Continue up the Old High Street to find a gallery in St George's House managed by the Strange Cargo Arts Company (www.strangecargo.org.uk).

Turn right and continue ahead, past the Samuel Peto (Baptist Church, now a Weatherspoon's pub) and ahead to Folkestone Library.  Cross the road using the predestrian crossing and enter the Library where you will find a Chris Ofili art work welcoming you as you enter.

Glazed Screen - translucent glass screen lit from below (pictured) by Chris Ofili (2003).

There is also a small art gallery in the Library.

To continue the walk, cross the road and tun right and you will immediately see the next art work on Shellons Street.

Folkestone Banners - bannerson metal poles - by an unknown artist - installed by IMPACT.

Retrace your steps back past Weatherspoon's and turn right and walk up Rendezvous Street, turning left to walk up the main shopping street (Sandgate Road).  At the top, turn right for the bus station and to return to the railway station (signposted).

 

Like the Back of My Hand sculpture Folkestone
William Harvey sculpture Folkestone
War memorial Folkestone
Minotaur sculpture Folkestone
Chris Ofili screen Folkestone Library