Sensory Sloshing: The Plot Thickens

A sensory movement workshop giving the public a chance to experience Folkestone’s curious disused Gasworks site after-hours. Moving through the Folkestone Triennial: The Plot artworks, we engaged playfully in mindfulness and improvisation activities, interacted with tactile sculptures and objects from nature, and took to the dancefloor to learn the slosh! Part of the Folkestone Fringe Sub-Plot in October 2021.

Taking place in Jyll Bradley’s Green / Light For (M.R) and Jacqueline Donachie’s Beautiful Sunday, people of all abilities were invited to immersive themselves in the artworks and use their bodies to explore different ways of interacting with them. Designed like a participatory Happening, people were free to create a series of playful performances for ourselves to enjoy in a safe and supportive environment. Unwinding with guided meditation and gentle movement, we moved through the Gasworks site like mobile artworks. A collection of soft and enticing sculptures, inspired by the site, were dotted around ready for sensory play alongside objects from the natural world.

Looking, listening, smelling, moving, dancing, running, skipping, dreaming, laughing, improvising, connecting, mirroring, drawing, spinning, singing…

Photography by Joe Hill & Sara Soulsby and videography by Keith Purkis.

“Thank you for responding to the site and my work in such a sensitive and creative way and inspiring so many others….congratulations on a unique and really meaningful project”

Jyll Bradley

“Thank you so much for your lovely workshop it was such a blissful playful space in the midst of a mad stressful week”

Participant

“I hope you’ll do more of this kind of thing, it was really nice having a space to move playfully and use our imaginations”

Participant