Fleet to launch!!

The Votive Fleet artwork will be launched at Mass on Thursday 20th June at 6pm. Mass and the blessing of the works will be conducted by Bishop Norman of Richborough. During the blessing the local Soprano, Penelope Martin-Jones will sing Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera (Vivaldi) and the Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart). A party will follow.

Images of the completed work will be released after the launch.



1) The congregation will be invited to put forward their tile-design ideas after Mass on Sunday April 7th in a workshop with Scarlett Riccard. The text chosen by the PCC for the tile is:

They who go down to the sea in ships,Who do business on great waters; They have seen the works of the LORD, And His wonders in the deep. (Psalm 107)

2) A public workshop is to be held in the Town Hall.

3) Schools workshops in the Parish are underway.

Commisioned Artists Announced!!

The commissioned local artists are: Simon Bolton; Sally Penfold; Helen Lee; Kelvin Pawsey; Kate Knight; Bernard Eveleigh; Greg Stobbs; Scarlett Rickard; Richie Moment; Angus Cameron; Charles Newington; Malcolm Allen; Christopher Bone; Shane Record; Andy Tuohy; Philippa Goddard; Vince Loyd; Terry Noakes; the students at St. Peter’s Primary School (one image will be selected from the paintings created by students) and the congregation of St. Peter’s Church.

The artwork images will be digitally scanned and colour printed onto a flat porcelain tile. Underneath the picture will be written a précis, prayer or Bible quote inspired by the story that inspired the artwork. The twenty porcelain tiles will then be glazed to create a 9” wide x 15” long glazed picture, inspired in part by Mexican Votive artwork.

The Tile Frames Design Unveiled

To frame the twenty images, Strange Cargo has commissioned a series of embossed tile borders which together will be assembled into frames for the artworks. They have been designed by a Folkestone artist and produced by respected ceramics company H & E Smith Ltd in Stoke on Trent. This company was established in 1924 and are experts in their field, creating bespoke ceramic tiles for London Underground, heritage restorations and specially commissioned architectural ceramics.

The draft frame designs, which are subject to final amendment in liaison with the ceramics artist creating the final casting dyes. include images of St. Peter’s Crossed Keys; fish; molluscs; seaweed; fishing nets; and the FE registration letters for Folkestone fishing boats. The designs will be unique to the Votive Fleet installation. We anticipate that there will be two or three colours of frame, inspired by existing tile work in St. Peter’s Church and using historic glaze recipes. The overall size for each work, including the frame, will be approximately A3, 12 x 17 inches.

The Votive Fishing Fleet

The Votive Fishing Fleet is a celebration of the fishery of Folkestone and the stories of the fishing community. Commissioned from Strange Cargo Ltd., the respected Folkestone community arts company, the Votive Fleet features a series of twenty paintings or illustrations by artists who have a strong connection to Folkestone. Each image is inspired by a story from the Folkestone fishing fleet, from local fishermen, their families, or the Folkestone Fishing Museum. Each illustration representing one story; 20 pictures cumulatively creating the story of the fishing fleet.


The award of Heritage Lottery Grant GP-16-08188 in 2017, along with supporting funding from the Roger DeHaan Charitable Trust, carried with it the requirement to execute community engagement projects. The PCC of St. Peter’s has strived to use this opportunity not only to reconnect to its Parish communities (fishing, artistic, heritage etc.) but also to enhance, celebrate and render visible, the heritage of the Church. This process gave birth to the idea of The Votive Fishing Fleet.