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About Turner Contemporary
Since its opening in 2011, the Turner Contemporary has played host to numerous world-renowned artists. The vast windows and exhibition spaces provide visitors with views of the beautiful sunsets and skies that inspired the gallery’s namesake, JMW Turner.
The gallery has hosted the annual Turner Prize as well as contributing to local events, making it a valuable and vibrant part of the growing artistic community in Margate.
Throughout these events, the Turner holds workshops, guest speakers and private viewings that members of the public are welcome to attend. As well as these events, the Turner provides fantastic educational links in partnership with schools across East Kent. The artwork of local children is regularly displayed in the gallery, and workshops for children (and adults alike!) are run throughout the year.
Since 2017, the gallery has displayed Anthony Gormley’s ‘Another time’, an iron structure planted in the sea that emerges three hours before low tide and is visible from the sea-facing galleries and studios.
Inside the gallery, the shop sells a carefully curated selection of prints, homewares and work by local artists. A short walk away from the seafront gallery will take you into Margate’s bustling old town where you will find vintage shops, markets and other local independent businesses.
Access to the Turner Contemporary is free of charge, although some temporary exhibitions may require a small fee. The café on the ground floor looks out on to Margate’s sandy beaches and serves fantastic locally sourced food from 10am-4.30pm. The outdoor terrace is perfect for relaxing in the afternoon sun and admiring the inspirational views across the coastline.