About us

Established in 2002 the Creative Foundation has a remarkable record of success having already transformed the old town of Folkestone into a Creative Quarter populated by artists and home to creative industries and a university. 300 jobs have been created and ninety buildings have been restored in the Creative Quarter and the Quarterhouse, a performance venue for music, theatre, dance and comedy has been built. The area has been animated by two internationally acclaimed visual art Triennials, Folkestone Artworks a significant and permanent contemporary public art collection, a full performance programme and an annual Book Festival.

The Creative Foundation oversaw the purchase, refurbishment and management of properties in the Creative Quarter. When the Foundation began its work, many of the buildings in the area were in a very poor state, having been unused and left in disrepair for years. The Creative Foundation has breathed new life into these often previously uninhabitable buildings by undertaking intensive work to renovate or reconstruct them, so that they can be occupied by the creative businesses, artists and residents that have become part of the Creative Quarter.

We work closely with regional agencies, local authorities, higher education institutions and public/private partnership bodies. Education is also a critical part of what we do. We have been instrumental in bringing the Sixth Form Centre at Glassworks and the Folkestone Adult Education Centre at The Cube to the town.

The Creative Foundation believes in the power of creativity to transform people, places and communities. We are passionate about this and believe it will inspire others to be curious and imagine a changed future. We will enable and collaborate with them to make this vision happen. This will be fun and requires knowledge. At times we will be radical and push boundaries, but we will take on the challenge and risks our work demands.

The Creative Foundation is driven by a smart and friendly work force, led by a knowledgeable and dedicated voluntary board, guided by Chairman Roger De Haan’s vision and sustained by the philanthropy of his family’s CharitableTrust.

The two Boards of Trustees of the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust and the Creative Foundation have agreed to establish and administer respectively a fund to encourage new festivals and artistic events. The purpose of the Festivals Fund is to enliven and animate the arts scene in and around the old town and encourage participatory events for the benefit of the community and visitors alike.

Please click on the thumbnails to the right to see images of some of our renovated properties before and after refurbishment.

The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust       Kent County Council       Heritage Lottery Fund

Shepway District Council       Arts Council       ArtFund