“On Margate Sands.
I can connect
Nothing with nothing.”
(T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land)
Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’ is a major exhibition exploring the significance of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land through visual arts. Presenting artworks from the 19th century to the present, including film, photography and artefacts, the exhibition explores how contemporary and historical art can enable us to reflect on the poem, and its shifting flow of diverse voices, references, characters and places.
In 1921, T.S. Eliot spent a few weeks in Margate at a crucial moment in his career. He arrived in a fragile state, physically and mentally, and worked on The Waste Land. The poem was published the following year, and proved to be a pivotal and influential modernist work.
Building on Turner Contemporary’s extensive experience in participation and engagement, the exhibition is being co-curated with a research group of 30 volunteers from the community, supported by the programme team at Turner Contemporary and external curator Professor Mike Tooby.
Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’ is being funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the John Ellerman Foundation.