GLUE | New Curator Platform

Folkestone Fringe announces the launch of a new curatorial platform, GLUE. Created in response to a year of cancelled degree shows, inaccessible studios and cuts to staff and budgets. GLUE tackles reports of dwindling opportunities for art students and facilitates exhibitions alongside the international Creative Folkestone Triennial.

GLUE launched with an open call running from 1st June - 1st July 2021. The open call welcomes submissions from artists, curators or collectives who are final year students, recent graduates and postgraduate students from UK art schools or alternative programmes.

We were seeking artists, curators and collectives who are energetic and entrepreneurial. This open call is for people who may have missed out on the catapult moments that degree shows can provide, and are looking to create opportunities that define their futures.

Part of the Folkestone Fringe Triennial programme, the commissions are for two separate contemporary exhibitions in Folkestone, the first taking place throughout September and the second taking place throughout October. Capitalising on the energy of the Creative Folkestone Triennial, GLUE requires proposals that are innovative and ambitious. 

Follow the project as it grows #GLUESouthEast

Now, after much planning, many meetings, and opportunities for our short-list to gain mentorship from selection panel Lewis Biggs, Liv Pennington, & Rudi Minto de Wijs - we are delighted to present our selected 2021 curators and artists.


‘Marx on the Table’ 
Public Opening | 17 Sep 17:30 - 20:00
Open Exhibition | 18 - 26 Sep | Thu - Fri 11:00 - 15:00 
Sat | 11:00 - 17:00
Sun | 11:00 - 16:00
DYMD, Unit 3, Shakespeare Centre, 145-147, Sandgate Road, CT20 2DA

Artists: Anaïs Comer, Lilly Hudson, Sally Plowman, Meitao Qu, Jessica Reeves
Curator: Elliot Gibbons

‘Marx on the Table’ brings together five recent graduates who distort an object's function as a way to ask questions about the current state of the world. Through the artistic use of play, these artists urge discussions around ideas of class, access, identity and climate emergency.

Opening Night | 07 Oct 17:00 - 19:00
Open Exhibition | 08 - 30 Oct | Thu - Sun 11:00 - 16:00

Artists: Follow for regular updates on artist line-up
Curators: Shed Project, Sauren Blaney, Olivia Bright, Jacob Lomas, Amy Melling, Xinyu Ren and Jessica Slater

‘Re-Rooting’ unearths the psychological and political undergrowth behind our connection to land. Inspired by the rising popularity of gardening during the pandemic, the show examines five artists’ relationships with nature as sites of personal and socio-political healing.

How to Apply [CLOSED]

To apply, please download and complete the application document and send to [email protected]

The application document is available in different formats, if you require something not listed, please let us know.

Application Document - WordPDF
Large Font Application Document -Word / PDF
Coloured Background Application Document - Word / PDF 

We welcome applications in different formats including audio, video etc. If there are other formats that are more accessible to you, please contact [email protected] 


Application Document - Word

Large Font Application Document - Word

Coloured Background Application Document - Word



17 September 2021

Marx on the Table

7 October 2021


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