School of Art

School of Art

Bouverie Road West, Folkestone, Kent

I been here! See more in my gigography.

I believe the Black Sabath gig was at the Art College (now demolished) which was indeed on Bouverie Road opposite the old police station I know for sure Hawkwind played there as well.

RE: Got an email about the School of Art - 12598

Folkestone School of Art was a fine place to be. I was there from 69-71, when it finally closed down. Gerald Norden a technically very gifted painter was the Principal. Died 2002 I think and was a friend of the late John Ward. David Koster who I believe is still alive, lives in Folkestone, a massively gifted printmaker and Founding member of the Society of Wildlife Artists. Also teaching at the time was Ray Terry, John Eveleigh, the late Ken Back and the late Corinne Roberts-Jones, who married whilst teaching at the Art School (daughter of the famous Sculptor Ivor Roberts Jones) The pottery dept was run by Peter Thomas and the Photography dept was run by John Fitzgerald who went on to be Head of Photography at Bournemouth College of Art, my landlord and a thoroughly decent bloke. He was assisted by the engaging Mr Joe O'Brien. The School of Art was directly opposite the Police Station-Gales Cafe and I think it was the Gun Tavern. Pink Fairies played there as did Hawkwind and the semi resident Electric Robin. My memory tells me that the door takings for the Hawkwind gig were indeed taken! David Lentern was the librarian and a mean jazz style drummer. Looking back it is fair to say that Art students were not exactly welcome due to alleged abuse of recreational drugs, notably LSD and Mescaline, these items were allegedly often hidden in the library for later and frequent use and abuse. The music scene was in retrospect wonderful with Tofts, The Sundowner, and the Leas Cliff Hall all headlining top name bands along with a band that were regulars at Tofts called the Perishers. I saw Hendrix appearing I think at the Sundowner, Tull, Quo, Canned Heat, John Mayall and Derek and the Dominos and hundreds more at Tofts. And too many bands to mention at the Leas Cliff Hall. Another favoured place was the Acropolis (Archies) down the old High Street, they served a mean Rhum ba-ba and had a great selection on the Juke Box. I find it difficult to visualise the area now as so much has gone, usually buried under tons of concrete!


Got an email about the School of Art

From Eamon Everall no less:


Wheels of confusion... and both say the gig was at Tofts, but they could both be copied from the same innacurate source, I will do more searching for the School of Art if you think the gig might have been there...


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