Turner Contemporary reaches its first birthday today Monday 16 April 2012, 495,000 visitors have passed through the doors, more than treble what was predicted for the first year of operation.
Now a new report shows that Turner Contemporary has generated an additional £13.8m of value for the Kent economy and supports an estimated 130 (FTE) jobs in the county.
Victoria Pomery, Director Turner Contemporary said:
‘The past 12 months have been truly spectacular for Turner Contemporary. We have been absolutely delighted by the number of visitors, and their response to the gallery and our exhibitions. This report highlights the positive impact these visitors have had on the local economy in terms of additional tourism income and in supporting jobs.
The gallery has also had a huge social impact. We were delighted that over 20,000 people had participated in our Learning Programme, over 35,000 more children visited with their families, and around 20,000 of our visitors said that they had never been to an art gallery before.
We are now very excited about our 2012/13 programme which promises to be every bit as impactful.”
Turner Contemporary is pleased to announce their second year programme of exhibitions:
She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea: Tracey Emin at Turner Contemporary (26 May to 23 September 2012)
Alex Katz: Give Me Tomorrow (6 October 2012 to 13 January 2013)
Carl Andre (26 January – 25 May 2013)
Rosa Barba: The Truth is Rarely Pure and Never Simple (2 February – 6 May 2013).
In addition to the exhibitions, Turner Contemporary has commissioned leading contemporary artists Lindsay Seers, Mark Wallinger (7 July – 6 August 2012) and John Smith (1-17 June 2012) to create new site specific works on show throughout the summer at Turner Contemporary. Also on show a new Sunley Gallery commission by Brazilian artist Maria Nepomuceno: Tiempo para Respirar (14 September 2012 – 24 March 2013).