13 April 2021


Artist Anka Dabrowska Discusses New Margate Project With James Payne

Anka Dabrowska, a Warsaw born queer woman artist living and working in London, spoke to Artlyst on the eve of an exciting new project in the seaside town of Margate.

7 February 2020

Margate – Art In Ex Toilets And Family Homes – James Payne

With smaller Galleries being squeezed out of the market more and more, it makes sense to look towards ad hoc spaces. Inventive curators are turning away from the traditional White Cube and exploring the DIY and the domestic aesthetic.  Two spaces in the tiny coastal town of Margate are opening up a wider dialogue with international artists and also raising questions as to where their work should be seen.

24 August 2017

Antony Gormley Unveils Two Works From ANOTHER TIME In Kent

A sculpture by the Turner Prize winning artist Sir Antony Gormley from his Another Time series has been unveiled on the chalk bed in front of Turner Contemporary in Margate. He has also revealed a pair of figures In Folkestone as part of the Triennial.

24 August 2015


Tracey Emin: Art Car Boot Fair Moves To Margate

The Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair, a staple of the London art scene usually held every year in London’s East End, is changing location and moving to the seaside town of Margate – but for one day only. Along with the move, YBA Tracey Emin will also be selling her work out of the back […]

8 November 2014


Turner Contemporary In Margate Exemplifies 20 Years Of National Lottery Success

It has been 20 years since the first National Lottery draw and Culture Secretary Sajid Javid visited Margate this week to see the impact National Lottery funding has had in transforming the town. Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate has received a total of £5.1 million of National Lottery funding from the Arts Council England with […]

25 May 2014

Mondrian Margate and Colour: Summer Art Abounds At Turner Contemporary

On a mild Spring morning I set off to Margate and the Turner Contemporary for a day inspired by colour and light.  Taking the high-speed train from St Pancras, I first encountered a giant 20 metres by 10 metres mosaic work of 44 brightly-coloured Perspex, tetris style, L shapes slotted together on the Grand Terrace […]

24 May 2014


Spencer Finch Creates Site Specific Installation For Turner Contemporary Margate

A major exhibition of work by the American artist Spencer Finch has opened at Turner Contemporary in Margate. This marks Finch’s first solo exhibition in an English public gallery in over 5 years. The show brings together new and recent works by the artist ,all of which reflect on the changing coastal light of Margate […]

28 March 2014


Edmund de Waal Unveils New Atmosphere Installation At Turner Contemporary

De Waal, who grew up close to Margate in Canterbury is best known for his large installations of porcelain vessels and the international bestselling book Hare with the Amber Eyes. He has now unveiled a major new commission for Turner Contemporary’s Sunley Gallery. This is the third commission produced for the Sunley Gallery following those […]

5 October 2013


Alex Chinneck Unveils Peeling House Facade Installation In Margate

British artist and designer Alex Chinneck has constructed one of his most ambitious installation to date where he peels the front of a four-storey red brick Victorian house in Margate away from the rest of the building. As a curving facade of bricks, windows and doors slides into the front garden of the property. The […]

25 August 2013


Margate’s Turner Contemporary Prepares To Welcome Their Millionth Visitor

Margate’s Turner Contemporary is expected to welcome its millionth visitor, an astonishing milestone for a gallery which opened a little over 2 years ago. The million visits compares with an original forecast total of around 300,000 for just over 2 years estimated prior to the opening of the gallery. As well as exceeding visitor targets […]

26 May 2012


Tracey Emin Chosen As Margates Official Olympic Torchbearer

The unstoppable British Artist Tracey Emin has been asked by Margate council to carry the Olympic torch through the town as part of a Nationwide event . The Olympic flame was handed over to organisers of the London Games at a ceremony in Athens on 17 May. Spyros Capralos, the President of the Hellenic Olympic […]

25 May 2012

Tracey Emin Generic Filler For Rodin And Turner Sandwich

You can’t help but admire Tracey Emin’s for wanting to use her name and art for the good in reviving her home town of Margate.  She is very passionate in her belief and has a dream that all the fish and chip shops will run out of food as a result of the amount of […]

17 April 2012


Turner Contemporary Gears Up For Tracey Emin Exhibition

The Turner Contemporary in Margate celebrated its first birthday yesterday (16 April 2012),with the knowledge that  496,554 visitors passed through the doors, more than treble what was predicted for the first year of operation. The future success is guaranteed with the generation of an additional £13.8m of value for the Kent economy and it supports […]

27 January 2012

JMW Turner Braves The Elements In Margate

Turner and the Elements exhibition arrives at Margate’s Turner Contemporary, and reminds us of the literal truth in the expression; ‘Turner was a painter of light’ With this exhibition of over 80 paintings at Margate’ Turner Contemporary, J.M.W Turner has come home: not only home to Love Lane where he was schooled; and home, also, […]

13 November 2011


Tracey Emin Welcomes Oblivious Queen To Turner Contemporary

Queen’s visit to Margate’s new gallery the Turner Contemporary nearly marred by royal gaffs Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has paid a visit to Margate’s Turner Contemporary Gallery, where she met with gallery Director Victoria Pomery, Chair John Kampfner along with other key members of staff. She was then given a gallery tour, on which […]

17 April 2011


Tracey Emin Opens Turner Contemporary Gallery Margate

Plans for Emin Solo Show In May 2012 An emotional Tracey Emin gave the opening speech to a crowd of around a thousand people outside the new Turner Contemporary gallery as the grand opening came off flawlessly. “In Margate, first there were the Danes, then the Vikings, now there’s art and art is going to […]

13 April 2011


Turner Contemporary Art Shed Opens In Margate

New Art Monument For Margate    Turner Contemporary which had its unofficial opening last night is an ambitious arts centre hoping to elevate Kent’s Margate, a rundown former seaside resort into what Tate did for St Ives in Cornwall and the Guggenheim for Bilbao in Spain. Margate is shut and shuttered. Much of the town centre […]