Our gallery, one of the largest and most important spaces for art outside London, opens at 10am on Saturday 16 April 2011.
Tracey Emin and Jools Holland will open the gallery with pupils from Holy Trinity & St. John's C.E.P School in Margate.
Arrive at the gallery from 9:30am to enjoy the build up to opening and speeches before the doors open for the first time to the public at 10am.
As soon as the doors open, our ten day festival of free events YOU ARE HERE starts...
On 16 April, Graham Gussin’s Illumination rig 2011 will be switched on and the Cultural Baton caravan opens its doors to hear your stories.
Then Willi Dorner’s Bodies in Urban Spaces performance begins at 11am, which sees a promenade of performers fitting themselves into the nooks and crannies of building in the Old Town. Kent band Cocos Lovers continue the celebrations with a performance at at 8pm.
The gallery is open until midnight and admission is free, so please join us to celebrate this historic event.
Director Victoria Pomery says “I am thrilled to be opening the gallery on Saturday 16 April. It will be a momentous day for Turner Contemporary and for Margate, and the moment we open the doors and see visitors entering this fantastic new building will be very special.”
“The opening of Turner Contemporary marks the start of an extraordinary opportunity for Margate and Thanet to become one of the UK’s most compelling culture and tourism destinations. I would like to pay tribute to Kent County Council and our other partners for delivering this outstanding building on time and on budget.” – John Kampfner, Chair, Turner Contemporary.
The exhibition explores the themes of imagination, discovery, wonder and the creative spirit. Centred on JMW Turner’s extraordinary but little-known painting The Eruption of the Souffrier Mountains, in the Island of St Vincent, at Midnight, on the 30th of April, 1812, from a Sketch Taken at the Time by Hugh P. Keane, Esqre, 1815, on loan from Victoria Gallery and Museum, University of Liverpool, the exhibition will feature the work of six international artists Daniel Buren, Russell Crotty, Teresita Fernandez, Douglas Gordon, Ellen Harvey and Conrad Shawcross, including four important new commissions.
Alongside our programme of events, the whole of Margate is celebrating with special events taking place throughout the day around Margate’s Old Town. Margate Museum will be open on Saturday 16 April to visit and Margate’s host of galleries, studios, shops and a bazaar Artists Alley in the Market Square wil be there to enjoy. Margate Harbour Arm will be closed to traffic for the weekend and temporary pop up shops will be selling food, arts and crafts.