The silhouette of a vast structure in white glass now sits along the sunny Margate skyline, nestled amongst the usual Georgian homes, reflecting the unique light of the north Kent coast. Granted, not the usual dwelling of a contemporary art gallery, brimming with dynamic visual arts, but this brand new building is due to become the birth place of “New Margate.”
Situated right on the sea front, along the same site where Turner himself stayed whilst visiting the town, the gallery is the largest of its kind in the South East, itself, a giant commemoration to the artist. The gallery, opening today by Margate’s most famous export Tracey Emin, maximizes the northern light with its skylights and high windows, which also capture the stunning sea views.
One of Turner’s own paintings will be on show during the opening exhibition, along with a collection of other contemporary works based on Turner’s own inspiration. In its first year alone, the gallery is expected to bring in over 150,000 visitors.
The Turner Contemporary is set to re-awaken Margate and inject a new life into the seaside town.