We are delighted to announce that the new artworks created for the church by local artists as part of the Pathways to the Past project have been recognised by inclusion within the fringe programme of the prestigious and well-regarded Folkestone Triennial, now in its fifth year. The Triennial has an international standing as the largest event featuring newly commissioned public art in the UK. We are proud to be part of this amazing art show, and look forward to welcoming many more visitors to our ancient church over the course of the Triennial which runs until 2 November.
In the beautiful setting of the Parish Church in Lyminge, the art challenges us to consider some very contemporary themes. Lyminge is a place where settlers newly arrived in Britain have come and sought to make a new life for thousands of years. The source of the Nail Bourne, the chalk stream that rises at Lyminge, leads us to contemplate what we need from the environment to be able to live anywhere, and how fragile these natural resources are. And in the Anglo-Saxon church recently re-excavated at Lyminge, we are also confronted by the remarkable story of Queen Ethelburga and the women of the Kentish royal dynasty who wielded political power and occupied a place of high honour in the world of the 7th, 8th and 9th Centuries. These are all themes that still resonate with us today.
You can find out more about the Folkestone Triennial 2021 here, and there is more about the Folkestone Fringe programme here. Fortunately, the Pathways installation is permanent and the artworks will not be removed at the end of the Triennial, but that is no reason to delay coming to see the artworks for yourself. If you require step-free access, then please follow the new path to the north door where as part of the project, we have created this for the first time in the church’s thousand year history.