A Table of Elements


We were delighted to be invited by Helen Lindon to conceive a collaborative event for SALT: The Sea and The Environment festival in Folkestone co-curated by Folkestone Quarterhouse, Folkestone Fringe and Karen Shepherdson from Canterbury Christ Church University.

A Table of Elements was an exhibition, which opened with a curated conversation with a group of invited guests from different walks of life about climate, inner and outer weather and an accompanying workshop.

Conversation: Tuesday October 20th from 6-9pm: 23 Wear Bay Road, Folkestone, CT19 6BN

Climate allows humans to live culturally with their weather … (Mike Hulme)

The conversation was held in the A table of Elements exhibition space, with sustenance and refreshment provided. After the curated conversation there was a chance to preview Joanna Jones’ film, La Mer, that charts the forms and structures of twenty four painting actions over a couple of months brought together skilfully by film maker Dominic de Vere. The evolution of the  painting accompanies an interpretation of Debussy’s La Mer, by Sally Beamish for the Trio Apaches.

  • Thank you so much for the event last evening – beautifully organised and timed, just the right amount of art on the walls, a good number of people (and great people!)
  • Very inspiring company, conversations and atmosphere (sic)!

Workshop: 21 October, Folkestone Harbour Arm: Production of a collaborative art piece in response to the elements: inner mood and outer weather, in particular harnessing the rain and the wind. The piece was exhibited in The Waiting Room on the Harbour Arm over the weekend.

It was a truly wonderful, stimulating and elemental experience. We hope to do another collaboration some time in the future. (Helen Lindon)

Exhibition: 22 October – 24 October, Lindon Studio, Folkestone with breakfast served in the space on the last day.

  • Well worth coming to this lovely cosy gallery. A beautiful exhibition full of sea, salt and femininity.
  • A huge thank you for sharing this work. It is rarer than I would wish to experience work that both draws you in and sends you out seeing the world in a new way. More please!
  • What a fine exhibition with the rare priviledge to hear directly from the artists themselves.
  • Inspiring work, congratulations on your exhibition. It certainly exhibits an abundance of elemental energies! Wonderful!
  • It’s a wonderful, beautifully balanced and delicate show.
  • Fascinating how well the different elements complimented each other, and how fortunate for me to be there, in time to enjoy the waves and colours of J.Jones’s Painting taken by Sharon McCarron’s poem . Truly enjoyed it.
  • I wanted to get in Joanna Jones painting.
  • Bohemia-on-Sea. Superb company. Superb work.
  • Wonderful! Clever! Beautiful! Macro/micro – fractals – elements – Inspiring
  • Deeply inspiring – climate – sea – elements – refuge + refugees
  • Inspirational and elemental.

Photos by Clare Smith, Diane Dever and Helen Lindon