Turner Contemporary

Turner Contemporary






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Turner Contemporary
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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.

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Opening hours

Open Tuesday to Sunday and bank holidays 10am-6pm
(closed Mondays except bank holidays)

Admission charges


Additional info

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.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
photograph of Edmund de Waal's a thousand hours

Edmund de Waal: Atmosphere

  • 29 March 2014 — 8 February 2015 *on now

For this ambitious project the artist has created an installation in response to the space, light and architecture of the Sunley Gallery with its double height windows and spectacular views. This commission will be accompanied by two other works by the artist. Juxtaposed alongside Atmosphere is Bauspiel, a group of vessels residing on a floor based plinth in a configuration which reflects those in the nearby suspended vitrines. The ground floor corridor is transformed by a new wall-based text installation, which sees De Waal convert the corridor walls into a life-size notebook.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Spencer Finch

  • 25 May — 21 September 2014 *on now

Turner Contemporary showcases a group of works by contemporary artist Spencer Finch (born 1962, New Haven, CT) whose poetic installations make visible the fleeting, temporal nature of the observed world. Interested in the specificities of light and colour, his works are often made in response to an artistically or historically charged time and place, from the light in Emily Dickinson’s yard in Massachusetts (Sunlight in an Empty Room, 2004) to the wind blowing across Walden Pond over a period of two hours, two minutes and two seconds in 2007. Drawing also on moments in art history such as Monet’s water garden at Giverny (Painting Air, 2012), Finch will also select a work or works by JMW Turner as part of his exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Admission free. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays.

Piet Mondrian, Composition with Large Red Plane, Yellow, Black, Gray and Blue, 1921. Oil on canvas, 95.7 x 95.1 cm. Collection Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Mondrian and Colour

  • 25 May — 21 September 2014 *on now

Turner Contemporary is showing the first major exhibition to consider the significance of colour during Piet Mondrian’s early career. Mondrian and Colour explores Mondrian’s (1872-1944) practice, tracing the painter’s use of colour from figuration to early abstraction. Bringing together around 40 paintings by the artist from around Europe and the USA, the exhibition will demonstrate that Mondrian’s abstract works were not simply mathematical exercises in form but also expressed his search for a new universal harmony. Turner Contemporary is working in partnership with Tate Liverpool, who will present the concurrent exhibition Mondrian and his Studios: Abstraction into the World from 6 June until 21 September 2014.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Admission free. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays.



Krijn de Koning, 'Work for ‘Call of the mall (inside)’, Hoog Catherijne shopping mall, Utrecht (NL) 2013 Courtesy the artist

Dwelling (Margate / Folkestone)

  • 31 July — 2 November 2014 *on now

See a new artwork by Dutch artist Krijn de Koning, made specially for Turner Contemporary's Summer of Colour festival and Folkestone Triennial 2014.

The colourful architectural labyrinthine walkway is in two different outdoor locations in Kent: Turner Contemporary’s South Terrace, adjacent to the gallery, and within a Victorian grotto on Folkestone seafront. The work appears simultaneously in both locations this summer as part of Turner Contemporary’s Summer of Colour festival and Lookout, the third Folkestone Triennial.

Dwelling (Margate / Folkestone) has a strong sense of place, having been conceived for two different locations in Kent. Both sites have a strong connection through their coastal locations and history as popular destinations for leisure and tourism during the 19th and 20th centuries.

What both sites have in common is an attempt at providing some sort of protection or shelter: the fake Victorian caves or grottoes on the one hand, versus the hard-edged contemporary architecture of Turner Contemporary on the other. Both sites lend themselves to this notion of a ‘dwelling’, which in turn plays with the traditional idea of seaside pavilions and beach huts, a common feature of the UK coast.

This is the first time Turner Contemporary and the Creative Foundation have collaborated on an artist commission.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Jeremy Deller, A Good Day for Cyclists, Painted by Sarah Tynan

Jeremy Deller: English Magic

  • 11 October 2014 — 11 January 2015

Commissioned by the British Council this new exhibition by Jeremy Deller was conceived and created for the British Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia in 2013. The exhibition reflects the roots of much of Deller’s work, focusing on British society such as its people, icons, myths, folklore and its cultural and political history. Deller weaves together high and low, popular and rarefied to create unique and thought provoking work. The exhibition forms part of a national tour, supported by the Art Fund and the first of its kind, that concludes at Turner Contemporary.

Jeremy Deller’s English Magic was commissioned by the British Council for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013. The UK tour of the exhibition is supported by the Art Fund — the national fundraising charity for art. The tour is the first of its kind and will enable audiences across the country to see the exhibition at the William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow; Bristol Museum & Art Gallery; and Turner Contemporary, Margate in 2014.


Open Tuesday to Sunday and bank holidays 10am-6pm.
Admission to the gallery is free.