The Uncanny

An exhibition of work inspired by ‘The Uncanny’ from artists of the Folkestone Arts Collective (FAC) shows at the Lime Bar in Tontine Street over 3 weeks from Wednesday 26th Oct – Sunday 13th November.

Find us in the Lime Bar Cafe 46 Tontine Street Folkestone Kent CT20 1JU



FAC Quiz Night

Art, literature, film, music and more, so much more! well, architecture. Come and give your grey matter a work out at this ‘the arts’-themed quiz hosted by the Folkestone Arts Collective.

7.30 for 8.00 start. Teams of 4 max. £2 per person. FAC members £1. Cash prize pot. Spot prize competitions inlcuding Pointless Artists round!

Small venue with limited number of teams so come early to avoid disappointment!
19 May at 19:30
Lime Bar Cafe 46 Tontine Street, CT20 1JU Folkestone, Kent

A Grand Exhibition

A Grand Exhibition – An exhibition of photography by local photographers.
11th – 24th April
In The Ballroom at The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent.
Free entry 9-4pm daily

grand poster

FAC Meeting at Lime Bar Monday 22nd February

Folkestone Arts Collective Meeting at Lime Bar Monday 22.2.2016


Sharon McCarron, Lesley Richmond, Rebecca Elliot, James Pyott, Malcolm Richmond, Rob Kennett, Frances Powell, Steve Harris,, Mike Tedder, Andy Thomas-Emans, Kate Thomas-Emans, Ruth Maskell, Ann Wimsett, Roberta Harrold


Phyllis McDowell and Francois Lloyd

1. Next meeting Tuesday 5th April Quarterhouse bar at 6pm then to Lime Bar to socialise. To be confirmed by Kate. Focus will be collection of 10 pound annual fee from members and distribution of membership cards. Alternatively cheques can be given to Anne for paying in by Kate/Andy/Steve. Agreed that membership fee will cover renewal of insurance and FAC running costs.

2. Future project suggestions:

* Art quiz

* Treasure Hunt (Bobby to co-ordinate)

* plein air painting

* FAC artists to talk about their work to the group;

* Open mic nights (Andy)

* Phyllis will try and get the FAC a slot at the Palm Court – probably for next year given the waiting list.

* Phyllis suggestion that the group could meet at Poulton Wood Aldington nature reserve for drawing/painting day, and possibly workshops. Next events are around Bluebells at the end of April \and an Open Day early June.

* Mike pointed out forthcoming exhibition opportunities at open air art markets in Walmer, Dover and Maidstone (17th September, under cover).

* Maggie to approach Neville Pundole for FAC to take part in event he is organising

* FAC entry to Sandcastle competition?

3. Points of interest to be brought to members’ attention – for example Jackson’s supplies has 3,000 pound art prize on offer. We should ask for a discount for FAC members like the one we already have with Pencraft.

4. Members were asked for ideas for possible funding applications with district and town council as well as local councillors’ discretionary funds. Andy to look at funding deadlines.

5..Kate suggested people might pay for a basic animation workshop. Rebecca said Astrid Goldsmith has now finished her animated film and could be approached to make a presentation. Malcolm pointed out that a projection screen is available for community use.

6. A call was made for volunteers to learn more professional curating skills.

7. Malcolm invited members to join the Folkestone Artists Cricket Team who play for charity at Shorncliffe barracks.

8. Information to be given to Mike to build an up to date contacts page on the website

FAC EGM minutes 11th Jan 2016

Extraordinary General Meeting of Folkestone Art Collective
Monday 11th January 2016. FAC members met at the Lime Bar, Tontine Street.
Present: Kamilla Stzyber, Phyllis Macdowell, Mike Tedder, Kate Thomas-Emans, Andy Thomas-Emans, Ann Wimsett, Frances Powell, Maggie Holder, Amanda Thompson.

1. Nominations: The following nominations for FAC officers were made and unanimously adopted:
Chair – Kate Thomas-Emans
Treasurer – Ann Wimsett
Social secretary – Frances
Membership secretary – Maggie/Phyllis
Minutes secretary – Andy Thomas-Emans
FAC Constitution to be reviewed for possible re-wording in light of changing circumstances. Emphasized that FAC mission statement originally emphasized all aspects of local art including poetry, music etc as well as all forms of painting and sculpture and this to be retained and encouraged.

2. Paid membership: In order to comply with the terms of the FAC constitution, all current members will become ‘paid’ members by means of an annual £10 fee. Additional £1 ‘subs’ per meeting were suggested to cover venue and food/drink costs. A suggestion that non-attendees would be fined
was not adopted. Membership year to run from 31st March.

3. Membership secretaries: Joint membership secretaries to contact former FAC members with an invitation to return to the FAC. Phyllis to draw up a ‘why join’ card. Discounts available to FAC members to be publicized (eg Pencraft and possible discount at Kate’s Life Drawing Classes).

4. Insurance: FAC’s Public Liability Insurance covers a limited number of members and an indefinite number of events (artists must still insure their own work). Cover to be renewed when necessary.

5. Website: Mike agreed to maintain FAC website and design event posters. Content has been a problem and he will put together a standard ‘template’ in which information to be supplied (word count etc). Minutes also to be posted online.

6. FAC cheque signatories: Kamilla and Trevor Moss names to be taken off cheque signing. Ann’s and Kate’s names to be added. Steve will remain a signee.

7. Other FAC assets: Kamilla has FAC camera and FAC PA is being stored by Colin. Website to publicise availability of PA for hire.

8. For next meeting: all members to bring existing membership cards, cheque books, member and ex-member contact information and new membership form ideas.

9. Next meeting: 22nd February. Kate to find out if Lime Bar will be available. Suggestion that ‘formal’ meetings held every 6 weeks, with ‘informal’ events in-between (eg painting mornings) to be discussed.

Red at the Sassoon

A new art exhibition by FAC artists titled ‘Red’ launches 23rd November at the Sassoon Gallery, Folkestone Library. The show runs until 31st December this year, and entry to the gallery is free during library opening hours.

Sassoon Gallery, Folkestone Library, 2 Grace Hill, Folkestone CT20 1HD
01303 850123


FAC artists show at SALT

SALT is a new festival about the sea and the environment co-curated by Folkestone Quarterhouse, Folkestone Fringe and Karen Shepherdson of Canterbury Christ Church University. Talks, workshops, installations, shows and exhibitions will explore the unique coastal environment of this region, the communities it sustains and consider what the future might hold.

Sunflower House, 22-24 Oct, 10am – 6pm

An exhibition featuring sea themed work by the Folkestone Arts Collective.

Artists include: Malcolm Allen, Phyllis McDowell, Mike Tedder and Kamilla Sztyber.

Sunflower House 45 Foord Road Folkestone Kent CT19 5AE

Click and download the Salt Festival brochure here