]performance s p a c e[

]performance s p a c e ['s mission is to facilitate the prime conditions for the production of performance art in the UK (and beyond). We are commit­ted to supporting challenging and difficult work that embraces performance art as an ever-evolving medium.

]performance s p a c e [ is the UK's only studio and exhibition space dedicated to performance art. Currently based in Folkestone's Creative Quarter (Kent), our organisation continues to cultivate time-based work that critically and physically pushes the boundaries of body, time and space.

]ps[ has always strived to act as a hub or home to national and international artists in transit; developing the performance art network while acting as a place of research and development outside of mainstream education and gallery structures. We maintain a platform and project space in London, through collaboration with VSSL studio, and have close collaborative relationships with organisations such as the Live Art Development Agency, Live Art UK, and Venice International Performance Art Week.

Founded by former co-director Bean and current director Benjamin Sebastian in Hackney Wick (London) in 2011, ]ps[ remains an artist-led initiative, committed to our identity as a DIY, anti-institutional space.


curated programmes by ]ps[ and our guests, taking place in physical spsace and online.


information on how we work across our local and artistic communities.


the ]ps[ archive: (under construction)

PSX Exhibition Opening, 2021. Photo by Manuel Vason.

Kajoli Ilojak, Salvage Festival, 2019. Photo by Manuel Vason.

finding us...

]performance s p a c e[
62 Tontine Street
CT20 1JP


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by train

High speed trains run regularly from London St Pancras International, getting you to Folkestone in just over 50 minutes. Folkestone Central Station is a short walk from the centre of town and approximately 15 minutes from the Creative Quarter and harbour area. For full details visit Southeastern Railway.

by car

From the M20, turn off at junction 13 and follow signs to the Harbour. (SAT NAV USERS – CT20 1BN)


︎︎︎ about ]performance s p a c e[

Benjamin Sebastian, co-director and co-founder

Benjamin Sebastian (AUS/UK 1980) is a visual artist & curator specialising in time-based media & performance art. They are director of ]performance s p a c e [ (Folkestone); the only performance art specific gallery, studio & residency space in the UK - as well as co-director of VSSL Studio in Deptford, London. Their research interests span artificial intelligence, spiritualism, magick, gender, sexuality and decolonial practice(s). Benjamin is a member of the national consortium; Live Art UK.


Benjamin Sebastian, 2019. Photo by Manuel Vason.

Joseph Morgan Schofield, 2020. Photo by Fenia Kotspoulou.

Joseph Morgan Schofield,  co-director

Joseph Morgan Schofield (UK 1993) is a performance artist. Understanding acts of gathering and communing as central to their practice, Joseph’s work incorporates curating, producing, facilitating, mentoring and teaching. Joseph organises FUTURERITUAL, a performance and research project considering ritual and queer futurity. They co-produce move close and Live Art Club [London], and are a co-founder of The Sunday Skool for Misfits, Exprimenters and Dissenters. They are the co-founder of VSSL studio (London, UK) and the Assistant Director of ]performance s p a c e[ (Folkestone, UK). Joseph manages Artist Development for the Live Art Development Agency.


Ash McNaughton, programmes manager

Ash McNaughton (UK 1990) is a Folkestone-based Scottish artist working primarily in performance art. Ash is a co-initiator of SITE, a site responsive performance art platform. They have worked with ]performance s p a c e[ since 2018.

Ash McNaughton,. Image courtesy of the artist.

Marcin Gawin. Image by Aleksandra Gawin.

Marcin Gawin, company coordinator

Marcin Gawin (PL 1994) is a Bristol based, interdisciplinary artist using participatory performance, and multi-sensory stimuli to explore carnality, occultism, and queerness. Marcin's work is informed by the background in visual arts and growing up in Poland’s Spiritual Capital.


]performance s p a c e[ has always worked to be a hub for national and international performance artists, and we are proud to exist in constellation with many artist-led spaces around the world.

Outside of our curated programmes, we are able to offer our live/work space in Folkestone as a venue - for performances, exhibitions and workshops, and as a residency centre and site of artistic production.

We are frequently visited and activated by artists in this way and our subsidised space is offered on a sliding price scale, depending on an artist’s funding circumstances.

Currently based in Folkestone's Creative Quarter, ]ps[ is situated amidst a vibrant artistic and creative community. Minutes from the beach, with the wild and beautiful Kent coast accessible by foot, ]ps[ ]ps[ is uniquely situated for restorative and inspiring artistic work. We offer our space as a site of action and production, or pause and reflection.

Vigil: Sex, 2017. Photo by Manuel Vason.

The typical rate for independent artists is £250 for 7 days (or £50 per day) which represents a 50% in kind subsidy, and includes access to a self contained accommodation unit with kitchen, bathroom, library/archive + a large separate studio space for making. The accommodation has 2 fixed beds & 4 additional fold-out beds available on request. This rate is negotiable depending on your funding circumstances. The group and corporate rate may be higher.

Please be in touch with Joseph (joseph@performancespace.org) to discuss.

Drawing on the remarkable artistic community of Folkestone, for additional fees, we are also able to provide additional services such as artistic mentoring, production support, photographic or film documentation and collaboration, and dramaturgical support. Please discuss with Joseph when booking.

]ps[ residency space

Jade Montserrat, Vigil: Black, 2017. Photo by Manuel Vason.

Nicholas Tee, The Risings, 2018. Photo by Manuel Vason.