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Turner Prize 2019

Sophie Hewitt
30th September 2019

We’re sure you’ve heard the news - the much-anticipated Turner Prize 2019 has arrived in Margate! Fittingly hosted at the internationally renowned Turner Contemporary art gallery, Turner Prize 2019 will be the chance to see works of four of the most exciting artists in the world displayed at the gallery from 28th September – 12th January 2019.

Named after innovative and controversial artist JMW Turner, every other year the Prize moves from the Tate Britain to another venue outside of London, but the Tuner Contemporary is the first location outside of London to have a direct link with the artist! Once the site of the artist’s lodging house in Margate, today Turner Contemporary enjoys views of the skies Turner felt were ‘the loveliest in all Europe’.

What are you waiting for? Head to Margate, take a peek at those sensational skies and see the works of shortlisted artists Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani for yourself.

While in Margate, be sure to capture a glimpse of those famous Turner sunsets and keep an eye out for the Margate:NOW festival, a celebration of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate’s artistic links. With 60 fringe events across Thanet boasting works from 500 artists and performers, all curated by actor Russell Tovey, this is one festival that’s not to be missed!

As the prestigious art prize kicks off an exciting year of cultural events here in Kent, we’ve rounded up some of the highlights of the cultural calendar to look forward to in 2020. Inspired by the glorious Kent coastline, these events are a real showcase of Kent’s exciting cultural offering.


A vibrant summer festival…

The Deal Music & Arts festival has been bringing the best in arts and culture to East Kent for over 35 years, and has welcomed many of the world’s greatest artists. Presented in a range of locations, from historic castles to art galleries, and from theatres to ancient churches, the festival takes place in June 2020 in the ancient ports of Deal, Sandwich and Dover. The 2020 festival line up is yet to be released but we already know it will include an incredible slate of world-renowned artists set to excite and inspire.    


ANOTHER TIME, Antony Gormley, Margate - Thierry Bal

A ground-breaking cultural adventure…

The breath-taking coastal landscape of England’s South East is the setting and inspiration for England’s Creative Coast. A collaboration between the region’s world-class galleries and arts organisations, this project features Waterfronts — seven new commissions by contemporary artists — and the world’s first art Geotour – all launching throughout 2020, so be sure to keep an eye out over the next few months.

A festival of art on the Estuary…

Estuary 2020 is a month-long, curated festival of visual art, literature, performance, film & discussion taking place in September-October 2020. Taking place on the river itself, and along the 60 miles of South Essex and North Kent coastline, this programme of new and existing artworks and events will explore and respond to powerful themes resonant to the Estuary.

FT 2017 - Thierry Bal - Richard Woods

Artworks by the sea…

The Folkestone Triennial is the flagship project of Creative Folkestone and the largest exhibition of newly commissioned work  in the UK. Pay a visit to vibrant Folkestone from September - November 2020 and you'll see a town transformed into a gallery, with striking new installations from artists, reflecting the town's rich cultural history.  

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