It’s central to our role that we regularly organize exhibitions, essentially showing work from the ‘Metropole Art Collection’, but not exclusively.

The existence of this valued collection reflects Folkestone’s history as an important regional center for visual art, and more generally, how this coastline has accommodated & inspired some of the most interesting artists of the last 200 years. We aim to present exhibitions that bring this heritage to life, a basic principle that’s guided our shows to date:

‘HIDDEN TREASURES’ – SUMMER EXHIBITION 2019
Archive Gems from the Metropole Art Collection –
Whelkboy Gallery, 44 Old High St. Folkestone. 19th June-3rd July, Tues-Sun, 10-4.30

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‘TRUST ART’ – Documenting the town’s rich & diverse art heritage +
‘DOUBLE INTENDRE’ – Collage work on the Triennial theme by MAC trustee James Marsh
2 ‘Triennial’ Fringe Events in one show – ‘Hop Projects’ Space, 73 Tontine St. 11-24 Oct. 10-4.30, Tues-Sun. 2017

Trust Art A2

LEAVING LANGUAGE
METROPOLE GALLERY – TRIENNIAL FRINGE 2017
A conceptual art exhibition by the ‘Waugh Office’ Incorporating a selection of work from the Metropole Art Collection.

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SUMMER EXHIBITION 2015
  ‘6 MORE’ – GROUP SHOW of NEW CONTRIBUTORS to the MAT COLLECTION
The Brewery Tap – AKA, the UCA project Space.

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SUMMER EXHIBITION 2013
‘THE COLLECTION CONNECTION’ – INAUGURAL TOWN HALL GALLERY ‘ART SHOW’
Opened by the Mayor & Mayoress of Folkestone on 2nd August.
Showing an eclectic mix of Art from the Creative Foundation Collection, alongside new work for sale by the same artists.

The Collection Connection A4

AUTUMN EXHIBITION 2012
TELLING TALES’ – LITERARY INSPIRED WORKS FROM THE ‘CFC’

Telling-Tales-Poster

SOUTH EAST SUMMER EXHIBITION’ 2011 – Organized by the committee as a fringe event of the ‘Folkestone Triennial’ & gratefully sponsored by local businesses. The submitted work being selected by a distinguished panel of judges led by Fred Cuming RA.

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SPRING EXHIBITION 2012
THOMAS HENNELL – A KENT ARTIST

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SPRING EXHIBITION 2011
RARE CHINESE POSTERS FROM THE 1960’S & ’70’s

Chinese-posters

SPRING EXHIBITION 2010
JAPANESE PRINTS

Japanese exhibition 2010 B

SPRING EXHIBITION 2010
DAVE BROWN – ROGUES GALLERY

Rogues Gallery exhibition 2010 A