Charlotte Chapman - 'My Future HIstory'

'TWF' This Week in Folkestone, Mini Doc

17 June - 27 June 2021

The Stables Gallery, 35-37 Tontine Street, Folkestone, CT20 1JT

Exhibition open evening at St. Mark & St. Fontini Greek Orthodox Church: 25th June 2021 - 5.30-6.45pm

Throughout June, Folkestone’s Stables Gallery will host the second of our series of Mini Documentary commissions for ‘TWF’ This Week in Folkestone – a new digital countercultural archive with the work of local creative and archivist, Charlotte Chapman.

An arts practitioner working across participatory arts, education and development, with ‘My Future History’ Charlotte Chapman has worked with young people from the court of Aylesham to create a series of photos, documenting their village, it’s tradition and it’s community. As carnivals and pageants become a thing of the past, ‘My Future History’ captures the fascinating and fragile history of Aylesham Carnival over their many years as Kent’s largest carnival,  presenting an insight into the personal and community values of everyone involved in it’s running.

Inspired by everything from the mundane to the extraordinary, the justice to the injustice, and the brilliant to the terrible, Chapman moved to Folkestone just over three years ago to be closer to family. Although working primarily as an artist, as well as serving as the Development Officer for South East at Voluntary Arts, Chapman’s practice also lies in community engaged workshops. Fascinated by the ways in which connections between people happen when they collectively create, Chapman believes that artwork and creation is always secondary to the experiences that happen within a space. ⁠

‘TWF’ (This Week In Folkestone) is a new archival project charting contemporary countercultures from the margins: experiences and creative expressions of people who have been left outside of the dominant cultural radar. ‘TWF’ is interested in all that is underground, underrated, and absent, putting a spotlight on diverse cultures that are under threat of disappearing due to patterns of urban morphology, economic, social & political structural changes, as well as the developing tastes, behaviours, influences and values of our time. ⁠As part of the project, we are presenting a series of six new mini documentary projects by artists with a vision for all that is left behind, invisible and emerging.


‘TWF’ Mini Docs will be launched every month from May onwards. Watch This Space.


35-37 Tontine Street, Folkestone

Exhibition open from 17.06.2021 – 27.06.2021

Join us for ‘My Future History’s exhibition open evening on 25th June as part of Last Fridays Folkestone.