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).
Creative spaces abound in Margate, with Crate, Limbo, Marine Studios near the High Street and seafront, Resort Studios in Cliftonville, all within walking distance of the gallery and offering different and intriguing exhibitions, events and festivals.
‘This coastal stretch on the North Sea has become a redoubt for tuned-in Londoners — London’s answer to New York City’s artsy satellites of Hudson and Beacon, N.Y. — aided by a new high-speed rail link and an expressway linking the British capital with Kent.’
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.
To find out what there is to see and do in Margate, go to visitthanet.co.uk.
"Margate – one of the oldest seaside resorts in Britain – is on the cutting-edge."