Turner Contemporary is the South East's major new gallery. We celebrate JMW Turner's association with Margate, by showcasing historical and contemporary art through a rolling programme of exhibitions. We have regular events, many of which are free for you to take part in. Admission to the gallery is free.
Open Tuesday to Sunday and bank holidays 10am-6pm
(closed Mondays except bank holidays)
Turner Contemporary is fully accessible for visitors, with a ramp to the main entrance and café, as well as an internal lift to all upper floor galleries.
Seven disabled parking spaces are available on the piazza at the front of the gallery, as signposted.
Turner Contemporary Café is open Tuesday to Sunday, serving delicious hot and cold food and drinks, locally sourced where possible.
- 1 March 2015 — 10 January 2016 *on now
As part of the Year of Mexico in the UK and the UK in Mexico in 2015 Turner Contemporary presents an installation by Mexican artist Carlos Amorles. The installation will be presented in Turner Contemporary’s Sunley Gallery with its double height windows and spectacular views over the North Sea.
Carlos Amorles works in a range of media to explore the use and limits of language. The centrepiece of Amorles’s installation in the Sunley Gallery, We Will See How Everything
Reverberates (2012), is a sculpture of suspended symbols based on the shape of Alexander Calder’s mobiles. Visitors are invited to play the cymbals in a work that exists both in silence and harmony as well as chaos and noise.
- Any age
Andrew Cross: Timacade
- 24 March — 28 June 2015 *on now
Turner Contemporary presents an exhibition of photographic works on its ground floor by British artist and curator, Andrew Cross. This series of photographs, collectively known as Timacade (Somali for ‘white hair’), depict buildings in the Somalian capital Mogadishu, stripped back to their bare essentials, juxtaposed alongside images of the artist’s familiar Wiltshire landscape.
Visiting the African continent and a ‘zone of conflict’ in the summer of 2013 for the first time, Andrew Cross’ journey to Mogadishu was not born out of any sense of adventure, rather a simple bond of friendship with Somali born architect Rashid Ali.
The photographs exhibited at Turner Contemporary were made as part of Cross and Ali’s much larger collaborative project Mogadishu – Lost Moderns, exploring architectural legacies that have endured the upheaval of the city’s recent past. Featured in particular is the concrete shell of the National Assembly Building, built in the late 1960s as a symbol of Somalia’s break from its colonial past and its future as a modern independent country.
- 24 March — 28 June 2015 *on now
Andrew Cross is a British artist and curator known for his photographic and film based explorations of structure and place.
This exhibition features photographs from the recent project Mogadishu - Lost Moderns exploring architectural legacies that have endured the upheavals of Mogadishu's recent past.
Alongside these images he offers by contrast a glimpse into places of personal certainty, including his late mother’s garden.
Grayson Perry: Provincial Punk
- 23 May — 13 September 2015 *on now
Grayson Perry’s work combines autobiographic references with wry social commentary on themes ranging from class and taste to the status of the artist versus that of the
artisan or maker. At the heart of Perry’s practice is a passionate desire to communicate his thoughts on aspects of contemporary experience.
This exhibition presents a selection of Grayson Perry’s ceramics and other artworks
including tapestries, prints, bronze and iron sculpture. Working in traditional media, he is interested in how each historic category of object accrues intellectual and emotional baggage over time. Perry is a great chronicler of contemporary life, drawing us in to his exquisitely crafted works with beauty, wit, sentiment and nostalgia, whilst at the same time exploring issues within society and culture that instigate fear, uncertainty and anger.
- Any age
Generation ART: Young Artists on Tour
- 2 June — 6 September 2015
Turner Contemporary opens the nationwide tour of work by children and young people as part of the Generation ART project – inspiring young people to get involved in the arts by making and showcasing their work in a gallery.
Generation ART: Young Artists on Tour is an exhibition of children and young people’s artwork with associated learning programmes, supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic touring programme. Run by engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, the exhibition will tour to New Walk Museum and Art Gallery and Soft Touch Arts in Leicester, and Quay Arts on the Isle of Wight in 2015-16.
The aim of Generation ART is for children and young people to be involved in a high quality exhibition at every stage, as curators, artists, audiences and champions. By profiling high quality artwork by children and young people, Generation ART strives to raise the aspirations of schools, teachers, children and young people, and inspire them to create excellent artwork.
Claudia Molitor: Sonorama
- 20 June — 13 September 2015
Located on the train journey between London St Pancras and Margate, Sonorama is a major new audio work by composer Claudia Molitor that offers sounds and voices for the otherwise silent view from the train, downloadable as an App for listening with headphones.
Imagining the journey itself as the ‘score’ Molitor has composed a cycle of works and collected interviews, readings and original archival material which respond to the social history and present of the route. With each track relating to a different point or area along the train line, the work has been informed through a collaboration with historian David Hendy and the British Library Sound Archives. The tracks imagine topics as diverse as visio-centricity, Roman history and hop-picking with a corresponding variety of contributors such as flautist Jan Hendrickse, poet Lemn Sissay, Saxophonist Evan Parker and writer Charlotte Higgins.
The Sketch of the Score for Sonorama, exhibited in our Sunley Gallery, is a graphic score of Molitor's reading of the journey and underpins the thinking behind the compositions and the selection of the other materials that make up Sonorama, acting as a companion piece to experiencing the main work on the train.
- 30 June — 6 September 2015
Born in Margate, Christopher Alexander (1926 – 1982) was trained at the Royal College of Art after the Second World War, returning to Thanet in 1951 to teach figure drawing at Thanet School of Art and later Canterbury College of Art. He was a prolific artist and produced a huge number of drawings, paintings and prints including many of the local landscape and people. The works in this exhibition give an overview of his work from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and include many images of Margate and the surrounding area.
- 7 October 2015 — 17 January 2016
Creating art is risky by nature
it always involves an element of the unknown – a gap between intent and outcome. During the last century artists have sought to expand that gap and, in so doing, challenge the status of the artwork as a closed object.
The exhibition proposes risk as an important element of key artistic moments during the last century, which continues to feature in contemporary practice. Risk has played a role in Abstract Expressionist painting, post-minimal sculpture and “process” art, performance art, and work made in the context of and responding to political conditions around the world, among other practices.
Featuring works from the twentieth-century to the present day, the exhibition will bring together artworks and artistic practices that engaged directly with risk exploring the subject through a range of themes: the intersection between risk and chance
the artist at risk
the contemporary landscape of risk
materials and processes and exposure and self-revelation.
- 7 October 2015 — 17 January 2016
Creating art is risky by nature; it always involves an element of the unknown – a gap between intent and outcome. During the last century artists have sought to expand that gap and, in so doing, challenge the status of the artwork as a closed object. The exhibition will propose risk as an important element of key artistic moments during the last century, which continues to feature in contemporary practice. Risk has played a role in Abstract Expressionist painting, post-minimal sculpture and “process” art, performance art, and work made in the context of and responding to political conditions around the world, among other practices. Featuring works from the twentieth-century to the present day, the exhibition will bring together artworks and artistic practices that engaged directly with risk exploring the subject through a range of themes: the intersection between risk and chance; the artist at risk; the contemporary landscape of risk; materials and processes and exposure and self-revelation. Among the artists presented in the exhibition are Marina Abramovic, Francis Alÿs, Marcel Duchamp, Simon Faithfull, Gerhard Richter, JMW Turner and performances by Jasmin Vardimon Company.
- Any age