Across the Tracks

Using the work of my current Stage01 Architecture / Interior Architecture and Design students, I recently curated this exhibition in the Folkestone Urban Room.

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Exhibition: Across the Tracks

Opening event: Friday 5 April, 6pm - 8pm
Saturday 6 April / Sunday 7 April, 11am - 3pm


We live in a society that’s always on the go, from grabbing a coffee between meetings or eating a ready meal whilst watching NETFLIX at home (other service providers are available). Much of this is done alone, leading to a rather solitary, sometimes lonely, existence. However, sitting down at a table and eating together is a great way to connect with your fellow human beings. Sharing a meal with a stranger provides an excuse to talk, to catch up, to share ideas, to make new friends, and one of the few times in the day when people are happy to take time out from their busy schedules.

Meeting people from different parts of the community, whilst eating in a social setting, has the potential to help different groups find common ground. In this setting, eating can be as much about conversation as it is nourishment, providing the opportunity to develop new friendships and learn new perspectives.

The BA (Hons) Stage One Architecture and Interior Architecture and Design students from The Canterbury School of Architecture, based at the University for the Creative Arts, will present aspects of their work in an upcoming exhibition titled Across the Tracks. This work has been developed in response to the complex social and economic challenges associated with cultural-led regeneration in and around the Kent coast. Portraits of strangers who may just be your neighbours, visitors, friends, family and loved ones. Portraits of streets that form districts, communities, neighbourhoods and townships. Featuring food created by Folkestone based Cherry Truluck (of Custom Folkestone), this is an exhibition of work that explores the residents and communities of Folkestone and the town that they live in.


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