Julia Sparks and Tina Yates from the Mulberry Cottages team were invited to attend the official Turner Contemporary preview last night in Margate! The doors to this fabulous gallery opened at 6pm with hoards of local, national and international artists and press pouring through the doors eager to see the Margate inspired exhibition.The evening was set off perfectly by a Turneresque sunset, viewed from the huge floor to ceiling windows. There was a champagne reception provided kindly by Chapel Down Vineyard and canapes from a local Kent catering company. Speeches came shortly after the stunning sunset explaining how the Turner Contemporary is connected to the Tate galleries and other galleries across Europe and how it will put Margate on the map!
The opening exhibition at the Turner Contemporary showcases work by the British painter JMW Turner and six contemporary artists. The exhibition centres around Turner’s extraordinary painting “The Eruption of the Souffrier Mountains, in the Island of St Vincent, at Midnight, on the 30th of April, 1812, from a Sketch Taken at the Time by Hugh P. Keane, Esqre”.
This picture portrays the drama of a volcanic eruption, interestingly Turner never saw the event, but was inspired to make the painting by Keane’s sketch. The other six artists include: Daniel Buren, Russell Crotty, Ellen Harvey, Conrad Shawcross, Teresita Fernández and Douglas Gordon, and like Turner their work responds to the special setting of the gallery in Margate, on the North Kent coast.
The Turner Contemporary officially opens to the public with special guests Jools Holland and Tracey Emin this Saturday 16th – so get down there and see what all the fuss is about!!