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Hew Locke in the Folkestone Triennial 2011

June 15, 2011
Hales Gallery is pleased to announce Hew Locke's participation in the Folkestone Triennial 2011.

19 international artists have been commissioned to create new works for the Folkestone Triennial 2011, which will take place from 25 June - 25 September. The selected artists have been invited to develop new works for Folkestone's streets, squares, beaches and historic buildings to create a cutting-edge contemporary art exhibition in the public domain.

Locke's work for the Triennial, For Those In Peril on the Sea, takes its title from the final line of the hymn 'Eternal Father, Strong to Save' (also known as 'The Royal Navy Hymn') by William Whiting, with lyrics by John B. Dykes. The large-scale installation consists of around 100 model ships - warships, trawlers, steamers, liners, coasters, whalers, brigs, clippers, rafts, as well as dhows, junks and caiques - collected from around the world. Customised with flowers, wreaths and other decorations, the eclectic fleet will be suspended from the nave of St Mary and St Eanswythe's church, the oldest building in Folkestone. Locke was inspired by churches in Portuguese seafaring towns, in which he noticed model boats suspended from the wall or ceiling that had been donated by a captain or crew in thanks for surviving a storm or wreck.

For more information, please visit http://www.folkestonetriennial.org.uk