Folkestone Triennial hailed a success

More than 100,000 people visited this years Folkestone Triennial – a massive 100 per cent rise compared to the inaugural festival three years ago.

Organisers the Creative Foundation said there was a noticeable rise in the number of people coming from outside the region to join locals in seeing the public art project, which included permanent and temporary works located around the town.

Fundraiser for the not-for-profit group, Liz Duckworth, said they were thrilled with the response.

“I think with the first Triennial people didn’t really know what to expect, but this time we saw a lot more people coming down from London and people visiting in groups,” she said.

“The new fountain in the harbour and new restaurants helped attracts people down to the area. We’re delighted with how it went.”

Ms Duckworth said a number of artworks stood out among the rest in attracting the crowds over the three month Triennial.

Cornelia Parker’s Folkestone Mermaid, Hew Locke’s For Those in Peril On The Sea exhibition featuring 100 model ships in St Mary and St Eanswythe’s Church, and Martin Creed’s sound work for the Leas Lift saw visitors descend in their hundreds to admire the work.

Negotiations are now underway to see which pieces will stay permanently in Folkestone.

Folkestone Triennial returns in 2014. The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust has already pledged £1.5m for the project.