Stanley James & Mike Tedder Open Studios

I am looking forward to taking part in the exciting Open Studios festivities happening in Folkestone this June. My artwork will be on display at 17-19 Tontine Street, where I am exhibiting with Stanley James. We will be showing a variety of media and different styles of image making throughout the first, second and third weekends of June.


Anne Wimsett’s Open Studios Evening

FRIDAY 5 JUNE, from 6pm: ANNE WIMSETT’S SEOS OPEN STUDIO EVENING at 11 The Old High Street, Folkestone.

Folkestone’s Inaugural HG Wells Festival

Many of you will already be aware of the rich tapestry of significant literary and artistic figures that were once resident in Folkestone, Sandgate and Hythe.  Amongst them of course is HG Wells who, whilst living in Spade House in Sandgate, wrote many of his most famous books.

Sentiments querying the lack of a celebration for such a noteworthy resident were addressed during a meeting late last year at Chimaera Gallery in Tontine Street, in which a handful of equally impressive local residents, for example, Reg Turnill, President of the Sandgate Society, Nicholas Reed, Art Historian and Editor of Folkestone Creative, and Mary Mather of the Folkestone Artists’ Cooperative, decided to do something about this omission.

Following further meetings held at The Grand, and the development of an ‘HG Wells Festival’ committee, the foundation of what will be the inaugural festival enfolded.   It was decided that the festival will take place to coincide with the birthday of HG Wells in September.  In 2009, the festival will be held over the weekend of the 19th and 20th of September.  The official Press Launch took place on 20th March to a ‘standing room only audience’ and was well received by the enthusiatic attendees who were given a brief account of the proposed events and were able to view an impressive collection of some rare first edition HG Wells books very kindly provided by Patrick Marrin of Marrin’s Bookshop.

Central to the festival is the Short Story Competition which attracts a prize of £1000 for the talented winner.  This annual competition was the innovative concept proposed by Reg Turnill, in order to encourage literacy amongst the students in the area.  Reg and Margaret Turnill are very generously providing the funds for the annual award for this and subsequent Short Story competitions.  The competition rules require the entrants to submit a short story of 1000 words to be handwritten in the style of Wells’ writing.  Anyone who is in either full or part-time education is eligible to enter.  The deadline for submissions is the 20th July and the short-listed nominees will be announced on 20th August.  The finalist will be revealed on 20th September as the finale of the Festival.

Also to be featured as part of the HG Wells Festival, are a short film based on an HG Wells short story,  currently being filmed by Zachary Cooke of the Folkestone Film Factory.  In addition, there will be commissioned art works and art exhibitions will be held at The Grand on the Leas, Chimaera Gallery and the Neville Pundole Gallery, both on Tontine Street, and the Christos Gallery in Sandgate.  There will also be a short play and guided walks amongst other events and activities.  All these events will draw on the burgeoning population of talented artists, film-makers and actors resident in Folkestone, Sandgate and Hythe.

For an application form for the Short Story Competition, a copy of the Competition Rules and further information on the Festival please visit the festival web site at:  For further information on the Folkestone Artists’ Cooperative, please visit  Alternatively, if you have any ideas for festival events or would like to take part in one of the festival activities, please contact me on 07515 879322 or email me on

Wendy van Halderen-Moss

Chair – Folkestone Artists’ Cooperative

Chair – HG Wells Festival Committee

Short Story Competition

REMINDER! Just two months to
go in which to write a SHORT STORY that could win you£1000.

The story should be between 1-5000 words, and written the
style of H G Wells, author of First men
in the Moon, War of the World,  Kipps, Anne
and many more. The deadline is 20th July (40th
anniversary of the actual moonlandings)

Entry forms in libraries, or from website  Or email

FAC at the Multi-Cultural Festival Launch

Tomorrow (Saturday 16th) the FAC will be running a 2 hour art and
story telling workshop for children and any help would be appreciated
to set up at 10am-ish. This is part of the Multi-Cultural Festival
2009 Press Launch. I have collected the blue gazebo from Mary today
and Yvonne and Jocelyn have volunteered to run the childrens workshop
but all extra help would be appreciated especially story telling.
many of the town top brass will be there and there is Nepalese food
snacks and the Whitstable Samba band to set the tone.The Festival will be over 4 days June 11th to 14th and the FAC
members have a great opportunity to exhibit art in a shop in
Rendezvous Street on the 13th. We will also be showing a Hendrix Woz
Here FAC documentary being video taped. There will also be a joint
FAC group members large chalk illustration entitled “Earthquake”.
Mikes idea of the illustration will show the pavement opening up and
looking through the centre of the earth to Sydney, Australia. There
will be children’ art workshop in the shop and outside on the 13th
and a childrens workshop on the 11th at Leas Cliff Hall. FAC
Musicians will playing on the stages of Sandgate Road and Guildhall
Street on the 13th.

Anyone wishing to exhibit or be part of the FAC at the Multi-
Cultural Festival please contact John on 01303 894892.

The Festival organisers are looking for Stewards even for just a few
hours if anyone can spare any time. So if you fancy being part of
this in any small or big way over the Festival dates call Barbara
Witham on 01303 850522. Steward privilages include wearing an
official yellow bib and a free cup of tea and biscuit and I am told a
sandwich at lunchtime. 🙂

The Folkestone Art Society Spring Exhibition

The Folkestone Art Society Spring Exhibition opens on Thursday 14th May at The Grand on The Leas, Folkestone ( Displaying the work of talented professional and amateur artists, the exhibition is open to the public from 10am each day and closes at 5pm, until Monday 25th May.
Entry is free, and refreshments are available from the hotel.


The exhibition is considered to be an important event in the arts calendar of the south-east and the Society’s previous exhibitions have drawn praise for the high standard of work exhibited. Visitors are asked to vote for their favourite work of art and prizes will be presented to the winning artists.
This Spring there is a new ‘Grand Competition’ for members. This competition will be on show in the Palm Court.

For further information, please see