Monday 15 November 2010

We're back! And lots happening!

I know, I've been a really bad blogger. I've neglected to update Margate Architecture for ages. And what makes it worse is that loads of exciting stuff is going on in town. There is a perceptible buzz in the town for many reasons. A few of which I will endeavour to mention in the coming days. But for today, the big news on the Margate horizon (that has of course been covered very well elsewhere), is that Turner announced their actual opening date and details of their first exhibition.

It's the 16th of April, people! Spring will be well and truly sprung and a sunny summer season will lie ahead. Allow this thought to warm your cockles during the winter. Imagine next winter when you're being rained upon in November. You'll be able to take shelter, take in some art and if that isn't your thing, there is also the amazing view of our amazing sea scape through the huge plate glass windows. Can't wait.

I couldn't as a self respecting Margate blogger miss this turning point. So here's the statement from Victoria Pomery herself:

Turner Contemporary Opens on Saturday 16 April 2011

Today we are delighted to announce the opening date for the new Turner Contemporary gallery.

The doors will open to the public on 16 April 2011 and we will be celebrating with a series of activities and events around the gallery over the opening weekend, details of which will be released nearer the time.

The opening exhibition, Revealed: Turner Contemporary Opens Saturday 16 April - Sunday 4 September 2011 explores the themes of imagination, discovery, wonder and the creative spirit.

Centred on JMW Turner-s extraordinary but little-known painting The Eruption of the Souffrier Mountains, in the Island of St Vincent, at Midnight, on the 30th of April, 1812, from a Sketch Taken at the Time by Hugh P. Keane, Esqre, 1815 depicting a dramatic volcanic eruption that Turner himself never witnessed, the exhibition will feature new commissions by Daniel Buren, Russell Crotty, Ellen Harvey and Conrad Shawcross, alongside selected works by Teresita Fernandez and Douglas Gordon.

The opening show will be followed by:

Nothing in the World but Youth
17 September 2011 - 8 January 2012

An exhibition exploring how youth experience has been reflected in art, culture and the media from the late nineteenth century to the present day.

Hamish Fulton
14 January - 13 May 2012

His first one-person show in the UK since 2002, will include new work made as the result of group walks in Kent commissioned by Turner Contemporary.

Turner and the Elements
28 January - 13 May 2012

Our first major show of works by JMW Turner explores the important role that the depiction of the elements played in Turner's landscapes, watercolours and late paintings.

For more information about our opening programme, please visit

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We look forward with anticipation to welcoming you on Saturday 16 April when the doors of Turner Contemporary open.

Best wishes

Victoria Pomery, Director and John Kampfner, Chair of Turner Contemporary Trust

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