Lady Hare and the Dog supported by Saga boss....18 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 18, 2002 - 11:38 AM

A once derelict site in Folkestone's Old
High Street was given a boost on Tuesday (17 December) with the installation of Sophie Ryder's Lady Hare and Dog's sculpture.

The sculpture’s arrival is part of Shepway Council’s initiative to revitalise the Old High Street and Cllr Cardale, the Council’s Community and Culture Secretary, said it would help to bring new life to the heart of Folkestone.

Sophie Ryder
at Berkeley Square Gallery, London

“The installation marks a beginning of cultural regeneration in Folkestone and is part of the development of our Creative Quarter which aims to encourage and promote all forms of art and culture.

“The Council’s Regeneration Team is working to secure funding and deliver new projects. In the next few months a range of creative businesses is expected to rent studio workspace at affordable rates to assist business growth. Future projects include new training courses, galleries and open studios, specialist business support, a new art gallery, performance space and a network of physical improvements and public artwork.�

The installation of Lady Hare and Dog has been supported by Saga Chairman, Roger De Haan and the De Haan Family Trust.

Mr De Haan is passionate in his commitment to develop a Creative Quarter in and around The Old High Street, Tontine Street and Payers Park. He also hopes to continue to secure notable pieces of sculpture to create a Sculpture Park along the Leas Cliff and Lower Leas Coastal Park.