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  • Santiago Mostyn, Callie on the Sandbank from Excerpt: All Most Heaven 2008
    Courtesy of Santiago Mostyn Image © Santiago Mostyn
Sat 17 Sep 2011 - Sun 8 Jan 2012

Inspired by Margate, a seaside town associated throughout history with youth experience, Nothing in the World But Youth encompasses the excitement, energy and pulsating creativity of the young, bringing together over 200 works by 94 artists in an examination of youth. The exhibition reflects and examines the complex picture of teenage lives and the differing views society has of its young people since the end of the nineteenth century. It includes works by internationally and nationally acclaimed artists, including Henry Moore, Peter Blake, Sarah Lucas, Andy Warhol, Mark Leckey, Jim Lambie and David Hockney. 

These are exhibited alongside early works by JMW Turner, who visited Margate regularly during his own adolescence.

The exhibition takes four main themes as a starting point to consider society's ambivalent views of its own young people, whilst celebrating teenagers' vibrant culture and the important role they play in society: Place, Space and Territory; Groups and Individuals; Rebellion and Responsibility; and Boys, Girls, Sexuality and Growing Up.

Reflecting the vibrancy of youth culture, it also includes objects such as a jacket customised by David Bowie as a teenager, iconic footwear, and a collection of magazines, posters, and other memorabilia from the post-punk period from the Mott Collection. There is a special selection of films about adolescence available for visitors to watch at their leisure.

Nothing in the World But Youth is an exciting and vibrant exhibition containing a huge range of artworks. Although it focuses on what it is to be young, the theme is universal and the content is sure to spark memories for all our visitors, young or old. The theme of youth is also particularly relevant to Margate, and the town’s own connection with youth culture”
Victoria Pomery, Director Turner Contemporary.

Exhibition catalogue
Available from our shop

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Artist list

Iain Aitch / Craig Ames / Diane Arbus / Hernan Bas / Sadie Benning / Margareta Berger-Hamerschlag /Bernadette Corporation / Peter Blake / Mohamed Bourouissa / David Bowie / Martin Boyce / Martin Brand / Glenn Brown / Gerald Leslie Brockhurst / Heath Bunting / Vanley Burke / Will Burns and Peter Moffat / Etienne Carjat / Henri Cartier-Bresson / Mark Cohen / Phil Collins / Michael Craig-Martin / Dexter Dalwood / Matthew Darbyshire / Enrico David / Bruce Davidson / Corinne Day / Rineke Dijkstra / Graham Dolphin / Jason Evans with Simon Foxton / Anita Fricek / Julian Germain / Julian Germain with Nick Kidney /Toby Glanville / Henry Grant / S Mark Gubb / David Haines / Richard Hamilton / Bill Henson / Iain Hetherington / Lewis Hine / David Hockney / Mary Husted / Chantal Joffe / Sarah Jones / Heidi Kemp / Chris Killip / Terence Koh /Friedrich Kunath / Jim Lambie / Darcy Lange / Mark Leckey / G.P. Lewis / Glenn Ligon / Lisa Lindvay / Sarah Lucas / Andrew Mania / Raymond Mason / Philippe Mayaux / Roger Mayne / Patti Mayor / Don McCullin / John Minton / Henry Moore /  Santiago Mostyn / Ron Mueck / Horace Nicholls / Bernard Perlin / Charlie Perkins / Elizabeth Peyton / Paul Pfeiffer / Jack Pierson / Keith Piper / Sylvia Plath / Olivia Plender / Marc Quinn / David Rayson / Paula Rego / Jamie Reid / Jacob Riis / The Mott Collection / Tim Rollins and K.O.S / August Sander / Michelle Sank / George Shaw / Anna Shteynshleyger / Walter Sickert / Ross Sinclair / Humphrey Spender / Hannah Starkey / Chris Steele-Perkins / Axel Stockburger / Lillian Suwanrumpha / Mitra Tabrizian / Juergen Teller / Joe Tilson / Henry Scott Tuke / JMW Turner / Salla Tykkä / Al Vandenberg / Jeff Wall / Andy Warhol / Erin Williams / Oleta Williams / Francesca Woodman


The Nothing in the World but Youth exhibition catalogue is available from our shop or online.

The catalogue is full of fascinating essays that explore adolescence and youth culture from the late nineteenth century to today, as well as images of works in the exhibition. It is the ideal companion for those seeking to delve into this fascinating subject further, as a keepsake, or for study. 

Includes essays by Iain Aitch, Sacha Craddock and Jon Savage, among others, and projects by Santiago Mostyn, Julian Germain and Toby Mott.

Read the foreword and Iain Aitch's essay 'Can't go on no more. A personal history of Margate's youth culture' by clicking on the image link below.



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Left by Dorothy Smith on Tue 13 Sep 2011

I am so looking forward to the new exhibition. As a "Senior Citizen" I have so enjoyed the new Turner centre, as have family and friends of all ages. Keep up the good work. It is appreciated by the majority, and a wonderful source of art and information for many fields.

Left by JB on Fri 16 Sep 2011

Henry Moore, Peter Blake, Sarah Lucas, Andy Warhol, Mark Leckey, Jim Lambie and David Hockney in Margate. Not to mention Rodin. Great stuff, TC is really making a difference.

Left by Margaret Anderson on Mon 19 Sep 2011

The new exibition has the WOW factor. We are so lucky to have this facility on our doorstep. Thanks for all the hard work!

Left by Laurence Heinrich on Mon 19 Sep 2011

Fantastic job, thoroughly enjoyed the new exhibition... Keep up the hard work! So so appreciated ;-)

A great exhibition for all ages.

Laurence 39

Left by nikki [ ] on Mon 10 Oct 2011

love the turner, can't wait to see the new exhibition

Left by nikki [ ] on Mon 10 Oct 2011

went to see Nothing in the world but youth today and I was not disappointed, what a fab exhibition and a fab and wonderful gallery,this is going to be a huge success, I'am coming back for Turner and this time I'am bringing bods from my art club too, can't wait!!! x

Left by martin.j.cornhill on Mon 10 Oct 2011

Visited the Youth exibition today and discovered a letter written by my father in 1939 when he was seventeen,as one of a group who recorded their lives for future reference,What a surprise!.
Great exibition!.What a fantastic amenity for Margate and east kent.
As a Art student in the sixties in thanet,I hope local artist will be given the opportunity to use the facilities that Turner contemporary offers.

Left by catherine flynn on Mon 31 Oct 2011

happened upon the Nothing in the world but youth exhibition, which had me and my three kids (nearly 9, nearly 11 and nearly a teenager) completely entranced, so much so that we nearly forgot to eat. we were visiting Margate for the day and came in for a rest, but were enlivened and educated by stuff that was exciting, amazing and brilliantly put together, even the Morrissey karaokes. If you know any young person who says they hate galleries, drag them here. And if anyone's interested in Margate through the ages, you can get that, too, from the comfort of a beanbag. It made sense of Margate for my kids. And the haddock and chips for £2.99 afterwards was almost as much of a find.

Left by john dargan [ ] on Tue 3 Jan 2012

an absolutely brilliant show. Well done to all involved!