Turner is just one of many artists with a close connection to Margate.
From Sickert’s studio in Cecil Square to Tracey Emin’s stark personal ‘love letters’ to her hometown, the town’s coastal location, rich cultural history and charm has been a constant source of creative inspiration and activity, which continues today.
Our gallery and Margate’s Old Town is at the heart of an emerging creative quarter, with a growing number of art workspaces, residential studios, and independent shops, as well as a lively café and restaurant scene (largely in beautiful Georgian and Victorian buildings).
The town boasts a world-class stretch of beach, and plays host to a number of local festivals, including the Jazz festival. Margate is a part of East Kent’s wider cultural sphere, which includes the Folkestone triennial.
If you'd like a tour of the area, why not go on a group visit with History Walkers?