Turner Contemporary is a world-class gallery in the vibrant seaside town of Margate. We showcase contemporary and historical art in new and dynamic ways.
Admission is free.
Open Tuesday to Sunday and bank holidays 10am-5pm
(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.
Journeys with 'The Waste Land'
- 3 February — 7 May 2018 *on now
Journeys with 'The Waste Land' is a major exhibition exploring the significance of T.S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land through the visual arts.
In 1921, T.S. Eliot spent a few weeks in Margate at a crucial moment in his career. He arrived in a fragile state, physically and mentally, and worked on The Waste Land sitting in the Nayland Rock shelter on Margate Sands. The poem was published the following year, and proved to be a pivotal and influential modernist work, reflecting on the fractured world in the aftermath of the First World War as well as Eliot’s own personal crisis.
Presenting over 60 artists, and almost 100 objects, the exhibition includes works by Fiona Banner, Cecil Collins, Tacita Dean, Elisabeth Frink, Patrick Heron, Edward Hopper, Barbara Kruger, Helen Marten, Henry Moore, Paul Nash, Paula Rego, John Smith and JMW Turner. The exhibition explores how contemporary and historical art can enable us to reflect on the poem’s shifting flow of diverse voices, references, characters and places.
The exhibition is the culmination of a three year project designed to develop a pioneering approach to curating. Local residents, coming together as the Waste land Research Group, have developed the entire exhibition. Journeys with 'The Waste Land' is consequently the result of many months the group have spent discussing personal connections between art, poetry and life.
- Any age
Symposium: People, Power and Curating
- 27 April 2018 10am-6:30pm
Local residents, coming together as the Waste Land Research Group, have developed the exhibition, Journeys with 'The Waste Land' which connects art, poetry and life. This one day symposium explores alternative ways of developing exhibitions, and involving audiences in the process.
Through talks, discussions, and participant led activities the symposium will focus on both the conditions necessary for collaborative curating, and the reception of programmes curated in this way. What are the challenges for artists, audiences and institutions?
In the morning, an introduction to Turner Contemporary’s audience-led approach to exhibition making will be given by Victoria Pomery and a mix of participants and artists who have worked on Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’. This will be followed a panel discussion introducing other models of collaborative curating.
The afternoon will be broken into workshops delving more deeply into some of the challenges inherent in exhibition making when multiple people, interests and agendas are involved. Sessions will focus on group decision making, roles and boundaries in curating, authorship and ethics, and the relationship between subjectivity and validation when different forms of expertise and experience come into dialogue.
Key contributors include Rachel Anderson (Idle Women), Fran Edgerly (Assemble), Nicholas Thornton & Grace Todd (National Museum of Wales), Professor David Herd (University of Kent), Sarah Turner (University of Kent) and Tess Denman Cleaver.
The day will end with a reading from ‘The Waste Land’ by Fiona Shaw and a drinks reception.
The symposium is supported by the John Ellerman Foundation and the University of Kent.
The event is open to all to attend. If you are unable to pay the suggested ticket price of £100 please give what you can as a donation. Your donation supports our work, making world-class art accessible to all. Lunch and refreshments will be included.
Book your tickets via the Eventbrite link below.
- Any age
Tickets: donate what you can afford.
Recommended price £100