Folkestone Artworks is easily discoverable outside of the confines of a gallery or museum setting, this encourages a more inclusive and accessible introduction to contemporary art. There are no barriers to our collection and we urge our visitors to get up close and personal, touch the artworks and respond to the works in a natural and informal environment. Enabling individuals to think creatively about how they view contemporary art and to engage with it as a current cultural practice.

Our varied and dynamic learning programme endorses creative exchange, investigation and discussion and promotes new ways of seeing. It is a fun and alternative way of discovering and learning about contemporary art and the town of Folkestone.

We aim to provide a varied model of accessible activities to reach the broadest possible audience including:

  • Formal Learning
  • Informal Learning
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • FE and HE
  • Alternative Curriculum
  • SEN and EBD
  • Adult Learners
  • For Interest

Suggested Talk and Discussion Topics

  • Introduction to Folkestone Artworks
  • Artwork in the public realm
  • Sculpture and installation
  • Art and Regeneration
  • Contemporary art and you

Discussions can build confidence, raise self-esteem, help problem solving and critical thinking and develop different ways of seeing and learning. It encourages pupils to interpret the works for themselves and think creatively and independently.  

Organise a visit

If you intend to experience Folkestone Artworks as part of a group including school, university and college groups and would like some help planning your visit, please contact Tania McCormack on 01303 760 747 or email

We can help you programme your day, suggest routes, book a guide, answer any queries and address any access requirements you might have, such as BSL interpretation and audio described talks.

There is wheelchair access to as many of the artworks as possible. Due to the nature of the site we have not been able to make Cristina Iglesias’ work, number 14 in the map, wheelchair accessible.

Packed Lunches

If you have bought a packed lunch there are a number of great spots to sit, relax and enjoy it!

The Lower Leas Coastal Park runs between the Leas Cliffs and the beach. There is an adventure playground for children and public toilets. Alternatively, you could travel up the Zig-Zag path, or use the Leas Lift to access The Leas, a grassy promenade with great views across the Channel. Sunny Sands beach is also a great spot with a perfect view of The Folkestone Mermaid by Cornelia Parker.

Suggestions for planning your visit

  • Plan your visit in advance.
  • If possible, make a preliminary visit before bringing your group. This will enable you to make the best use of your visit to achieve your teaching and learning objectives. You may want to create your own worksheets, please contact Tania McCormack for any help with these or to see previous examples.
  • Make a list of what your students need to bring such as materials for drawing and note taking; sketchbooks would be ideal.  Wet weather gear, shoes suitable for walking, suntan cream and a hat, bottled water and a packed lunch if required.

Resources available

  • Downloadable map and audio guide.
  • The Primary and Secondary Learning Resource Pack with links to the National Curriculum contains some suggested ideas but we are fully aware one size will never fit all. These can be downloaded from the website at See the events section for programmed talks, tours and informal learning opportunities.
  • Alternatively, have a look at Folkestone’s own creative curriculum ‘Sense of Place’ (link Initiated by six local schools, this open source learning resource has seven units of study which respond to art across Folkestone.
  • It would be great for us to see any work created by your pupils and we would love to hear about your visit to the artworks!

Learning Resources

Download the Learning and Resource Pack 2015-2016




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