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This summer Folkestone Creative Quarter invite you to embrace your creative side, discover new works of art and meet the people who make it happen! Open Quarter is an annual celebration of Folkestone’s thriving creative community where you can not only meet the artists but also explore their studios, see works in progress, discover award-winning digital artists, designers and film makers, take part in workshops, hear fantastic live music and explore the Creative Quarter’s independent shops, galleries, restaurants, cafes and bars!

Open Quarter begins on Friday 17 June at Folkestone Quarterhouse with Connecting Creatives at 5.30pm. This presentation and networking event invites local business owners, artists and start-ups to meet, make contacts and discuss their future plans. It is a great opportunity to share knowledge of working in the creative industry and forge bonds with like-minded individuals.

This years speakers include: Catherine Nice (Designer of interiors and accessories brand Kitty McCall), Daniel Kennedy (Managing Director of design and marketing agency Progress), Rob Coward (Business Manager of Cognitive, The Home of Visual Thinking), Zoe Holborough (Fashion designer and co–owner of Tallulah & Hope), Philippa Wall (Artist, curator and director of Threads), Stephanie Zari (Film Director and Writer), Igor Emmerich (Portrait and Lifestyle Photographer), James Avery (Workshop and Factory Floor Manager), Peter Blach (Film Maker and Director of Klip Films), Sean Brightman (multi-disciplinary artist, designer and art director), George Clift (Director of Hot Salvation Records), Sue Blakesley and Sadie Hurley (Directors of theatre and events company Jim Jam Arts), Nathalie Banaigs (Director of Kent Creative Arts), Terry Smith (Artist), Lennox Morrison (Journalist and Writer), Emily Peasgood (Artist), Wayne Conyers (Director of YouCall-it.com).

On Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June the Creative Quarter throws open its doors to the public with over 50 artists hosting open studios, workshops, exhibitions, open houses and much more! Galleries including Whelk Boy, Shane Record Paintings and Prints, Wayne Reeves Art, B&B Project Space, UCA’s Brewery Tap and the Lilford Gallery will be exhibiting a variety of original works in multiple mediums. Across the Creative Quarter hidden collectives of working artists will open up their studios offering a chance to see exclusive Open Quarter shows, works in progress and past pieces.

Learn a new skill and discover a passion for creating with one of many workshops taking place during Open Quarter! Experiment with screen printing with artist Sam Capell. Refresh an old item of furniture with upcycler and bag maker Steven Harkin at Anecdotes Design. Make your own hammered stacking ring with jewellery maker Leah Gaynor or join artist and musician Paulina Pluta for a structure and form drawing workshop. The Creative Quarter also welcomes the Creative Foundation’s new workshop space The Block 67 at 67 Tontine Street, which will be running family art workshops during the weekend.

So join us for a weekend of art, music and creativity. Discover why Folkestone Creative Quarter is one of Kent’s driving forces in supporting artists and creative business and be inspired.

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Creative Foundation Chief Executive Alastair Upton talks about this year’s Open Quarter.