Last week the Mulberry Cottages team had a preview tour of the new Turner Contemporary in Margate. This landmark gallery has been designed by world famous architect David Chipperfield and is a stunning building that makes a huge statement on the Margate coastline, the same site where Turner stayed when visiting the town.
We met with Victoria Pomery, Director of the Turner Contemporary, Margate who said the “Turner Contemporary’s purpose is to stretch the boundaries of current visual arts practice, to make the exhibitions sufficiently varied and to bridge the gap between the historical and contemporary”. We also met with John Kampfner, Chair of Trustees who described the Turner Contemporary, Margate as ‘Kent’s new cultural heart!’
The Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate is the largest exhibition space in the South East, outside of London. As Tracey Emin has said this gallery is really going to “put Margate back on the map” and has “given people hope that things are going to change here”
The gallery was bare when we visited but it will hold some exceptional exhibitions featuring pieces of art work by internationally-renowned artists and there will always be one Turner piece at the gallery at any time. There will also be a cafe and plenty of venue space for meetings etc. The one thing that kept amazing me was the stunning sea views!
After a day at the Turner Contemporary gallery, Margate, brilliant tour I can say with confidence I will definitely be going back again and I really recommend you do too, the gallery opens officially on Saturday 16 April and the best thing about it is its FREE entry!
Take a look at the video of Victoria Pomery, Director of the gallery speaking about the upcoming opening of Turner Contemporary, Margate.