Open Workshops: 16th September & 23rd September
Carnival: 1st October 2017: Sunny Sands.
Sheaf+Barley are cunning folk, which means they go around performing charms, making things, drawing symbols and reading signs for people who need it. They think belief is a radical act, and that to interrupt hegemony we must be in a constant state of uprising. Sheaf+Barley see much of their work as telling stories and creating spaces where stories can be told and exchanged.
They cobble together ways of being in the world responding to now and directed towards the future. Through a mixture of research, action, and belief, Sheaf+Barley create a set of tools that can be used by themselves and others. They look for possible tools in places that pre-existed this precarity, usually in the history and beliefs of England where both grew up. The work produced is a public sharing of this continually developing tool-making, made in dialogue with everyone who comes into contact with it. They think the unknown has its own substance, and cannot be lessened by knowing more things. Everybody can be cunning folk.
The Folkestone Fringe are very excited to be working with Sheaf+Barley on their project 'Stone-to-Sand', which will invite the people of Folkestone to take local chalk, carve into it, then return it to the sea at Sunny Sands. In Folkestone, Sheaf+Barley believe we live on a knife-edge between the constant cycle of change of the coastal landscape and the always-consistent concrete streets of our towns and cities.
After carving the chalk, Sheaf+Barley will hold a celebration of our life in the landscape and our place in the cycle of change.
Sheaf+Barley have previously worked for the SPILL Festival of Performance, and read people's futures at the Barbican, London, for I'm With You.