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  • Alex Katz: Give Me Tomorrow, installation view at Turner Contemporary 
    Photo Manu Palomeque
On Tuesday 16 April 2013 Turner Contemporary celebrates its second birthday
It's been a remarkable 2 years since the gallery opened, with over 850,000 visits to date. We'd like to thank all our supporters for their continued enthusiasm and involvement.

Join us for birthday cake!
On our birthday we'll be celebrating with cake from 11.30am – please do come and join us.

Watch our 2nd anniversary film
Not only have visitor numbers surpassed our wildest dreams but we’ve had some outstanding moments and incredible milestones over the last two years. We've captured many of our highlights, and yours, in the short film at the bottom of this page.

Keep telling us your best bits on Twitter @TCMargate and Facebook.

£530,000 donation kick starts our Catalyst Endowment campaign
We’re celebrating our second birthday with the announcement of an $800,000 (£530,000) donation from Goldman Sachs Gives, a donor-advised fund, at the recommendation of Margate born Peter Selman, now co-head of Americas Equities Trading and Global Equity Derivatives Trading at Goldman Sachs in New York.

This vital support kick-starts our Catalyst Endowment campaign. We’re seeking to raise £1 million in order to benefit from a further £1 million in match funding from Catalyst - an initiative launched by Department for Media and Sport (DCMS) and Arts Council England to help cultural organisations diversify their funding streams.

Director Victoria Pomery explains the importance of the endowment fund:
‘In our first two years, Turner Contemporary has enjoyed huge success in terms of our profile, our programme and the learning and community projects we have delivered. We are very focused on securing the long term future of the gallery and our aspiration is to build a £20millon endowment pot, generating a vital and sustainable income stream for the gallery in future. I would like to thank Goldman Sachs Gives for this generous donation, and DCMS and Arts Council England for the match funding. The combined £1.06milion is a fantastic start to the endowment campaign. We are now looking for other individuals and companies to step forward and help build this pot and secure the gallery’s future.

Peter Selman was born and grew up in Margate, living in the town until the age of 18. He left Margate to pursue an MA in Economics from Cambridge University in 1994, moving to London and then New York in 2007 with his role at Goldman Sachs.

Peter says:
‘I was aware of Turner Contemporary before it opened and once it launched I visited and was determined to give it any support I could. It has been so transformative for the town of Margate. I hope this gift from Goldman Sachs Gives contributes to the long term security of the gallery and will be the catalyst for many other gifts in future.’
If you'd like to make a donation please contact our Head of Development Lhosa Daly at or call 01843 233000.

In the two years since we opened:
Turner Contemporary has welcomed over 850,000 visitors in total.
In 2012-13 383,000 people came to the gallery.
4% of visitors had never before visited a gallery*
18% of visitors come from our local area of Margate and Thanet*
Over 200 schools in Kent have engaged with our learning programme.
*the average over the two years
Turner Contemporary... the story so far
Take a look at what we do and hear from visitors, project participants and staff at Turner Contemporary in the short film about our story so far at the bottom of this page.
Posted by: Turner Contemporary on Fri 12 Apr 2013