February 2022

︎︎︎ about ]performance s p a c e[

Tiding, meaning a communication, or an announcement, or to drift with, or as if with, the force of the waves.

On Saturday 2nd April, ]performance s p a c e[ will host Tiding, a day of performance art taking place at historic sites in Folkestone and Romney Marsh. Tiding is a celebration of the spring, the return of life after the retreats of winter and lockdown. Tiding also marks the last public programming ]performance s p a c e[ will organise in Folkestone.

]performance s p a c e[ has made a home for performance art and artists on Tontine Street since 2016. We have organised festivals, hosted residencies, curated exhibitions, and worked in collaboration with our peers and communities. Across this time, we have remained in dialogue with the remarkable landscape of the Kent coast, and so it is right that Tiding occurs at both a site in town, and a more remote location in Romney Marsh.

As ]ps[ moves into its second decade, the time is right to think again about how, where, and with whom we work. ]ps[ has returned our space at 62 Tontine Street, which now becomes DIY4Folke, a new workshop and community space run by our co-founder and former co-director Bean.

After Tiding, ]ps[ will enter a developmental phase for the remainder of 2022. For now it makes sense to be mobile, both moving with and making the waves, but the creation of (im)permanent physical space remains at the heart of the ]performance s p a c e[ project.

In this development year we will offer moments to gather around programming, facilitating conversations with, and listening to, our local and artistic communities. In dialogue with our artist network, we will research the kinds of support and space which performance artists need and want. We will make new connections and explore the evolution of our curatorial rationale. We will upskill our team, investigate new governance models, and work to make ]performance s p a c e[ a more sustainable project. We will search for and make a new space.

In these ways we will remain committed to our DIY, anti-institutional roots while shaping ]ps[ for this new decade, equipping ourselves to continue to cultivate the prime conditions for performance art and artists in the UK, and so continue to support this ever-evolving medium in which we have made a home.

Benjamin Sebastian & Joseph Morgan Schofield



A day of performance art at historic sites in Folkestone and Romney Marsh.

Saturday 2nd April