Open Quarter 2017

The Creative Quarter is once again throwing open it’s doors and revealing it’s hidden spaces as Open Quarter returns Friday 16 June – Sunday 18 June 2017! Prepare to be challenged and delighted as you take a leisurely stroll, enjoy delicious coffee and cake in the most enticing cafes and find yourself in conversation with strangers in this urban village of designer markers, technophiles and artists. The Creative Quarter is a hive of creativity, where shops are not just sales outlets, galleries are studios and bars are performance spaces – Open Quarter gives you the chance to talk to the enterprising folk that have chosen to live and work here. Click the brochure link above to view and download this year’s programme or pick up a copy anywhere in the Creative Quarter. You can also view additional events to this year’s programme below.

Join the Facebook event page here!

Connecting Creatives

Open Quarter begins with Connecting Creatives on Friday 16 June, which will take place at Quarterhouse from 5.30pm. The inspiring event invites local business owners, artists and start-ups to meet, make contacts and talk about their plans for the future and is a fantastic opportunity to share knowledge about working in the creative industries and bond with like-minded people. Join the Facebook event page here! This year’s speakers include:

Chris Brown – Digital Director of creative design and marketing agency, Progress

Jennifer Buchman – Manager of Folkestone Museum

Joanna Jones – Co-founder of Dover Arts Development

Madeleine Hodge – Project Manager of The Ash Project for the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Zoe Holborough – Fashion designer, co–owner of Tallulah & Hope and Creative Director of FolQ newspaper

Susanna Howard – Founder and artistic director of arts and literature organisation, Living Words

Karen Pamplin Browne – Owner of Folkestone Art Room and Curator at Brew

David Hevey – Project- and creative-director, documentary film-maker and media polymath

Benjamin Sebastian and Bean – Co-directors of and curators at ]performance s p a c e [ for visual arts

Sarah and Rick Davis – Co-directors of graphic design and advertising company D2 Creative Agency

Chris Yates Project Manager of Bob and Roberta Smith’s Folkestone Triennial 2017 commission, Folkestone Is An Art School

Additional Open Quarter Events

Please follow the links below to find out about even more things to see and do over the Open Quarter weekend!

Stephenie Bergman and Lisa Milroy
Sassoon Gallery, Folkestone Library
5 June – 29 June
Opening Reception Monday 4 June, 12pm – 2pm
Click here for more info

Brewery Tap UCA Project Space, 53 Tontine Street
Friday 16 – Saturday 17 June
Click here for more info

The EDGE Photography Exhibition: End of Year Show
6 West Cliff Gardens, Folkestone
Private View: Friday 16 June, 5pm – 9pm
Public View: Saturday 17 June – Sunday 25 June
Open Daily: 10am – 4pm
Click here for more info

Whiteboard Animation Workshop
Cognitive, 55-57 Tontine Street
Saturday 17 June, 11am – 3pm
Ages 7+
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Skylarks Open Studio
Studio 7, 56 – 58 The Old high Street
Sunday 18 June, 12pm – 4pm
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Paulina Pluta – Open Studio
Flat 8A The Old High Street (entrance through back gate on Bayle Street)
Sunday 18 June, 10am – 6pm
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Hayley Brown Lampshade Workshops at Maison Marine
45 The Old High Street
16 – 18 June and Wednesdays throughout June & July
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Belgian Beer Festival
Kipps’ Alehouse, 11-15 The Old High St

Drink Folkestone, 49 The Old High Street
16 – 30 June
Click here for more info


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