Turner Contemporary is one of the UK’s leading art galleries.
Situated on Margate seafront, on the same site where Turner stayed when visiting the town, Turner Contemporary presents a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions, events and learning opportunities which make intriguing links between historic and contemporary art. The gallery offers a space for everyone to discover different ways of seeing, thinking and learning.
The organisation was founded in 2001 to contextualise, celebrate, and build on the artist JMW Turner’s association with Margate, Kent. In 2011, Turner Contemporary gallery, designed by Sir David Chipperfield, opened, and has fast become a visitor attraction of national and international importance.
Turner Contemporary is a catalyst for the regeneration of Margate and East Kent, already welcoming over 1.5 million visits. The vision of the organisation is Art Inspiring Change, using collaboration, learning, ambition and transformation to give everyone to access to world-class art.
Admission to the gallery is free
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"Turner Contemporary’s purpose is to stretch the boundaries of current visual arts practice, to make the exhibitions sufficiently varied and to bridge the gap between the historical and contemporary."
Victoria Pomery, Director, Turner Contemporary
"Designed by the immaculately progressive David Chipperfield, Turner Contemporary is probably the most elegant gallery interior in Britain right now."
Waldermar Januszczak, art critic
"I never imagined that my family and grandchildren would have the opportunity to walk into a local gallery to view world-class art. Now they do."
"[Margate] is again fizzing with artistic energy, transformed into a key destination for art-lovers thanks to a cultural renaissance sparked by the opening in 2011 of the Turner Contemporary, a strikingly modern-looking gallery that stands as an example of what is possible when local heritage and culture is used imaginatively to invigorate local communities."
Turner Contemporary is a part of the Plus Tate network of visual arts organisations across the UK.
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