Today, Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visited Turner Contemporary.
An honour for the gallery, this historic moment came after a hugely successful first seven months, which has seen Turner Contemporary welcome over 300,000 visitors.
Her Majesty The Queen met with gallery Director Victoria Pomery, Chair John Kampfner and key members of staff. She was taken on a tour of the gallery, where she was introduced to guests including artist Tracey Emin, architect Sir David Chipperfield, and Deputy Director of Tate Alex Beard.
The Royal couple met with the young winners of our Page Turner competition, whose works hang in the gallery, pupils from Northdown Primary School and Hartsdown Technology College who were involved in activities in the Clore Learning Studio, and participants from our current and past community projects; Artworks, Blank Canvas, Cultural Ambassadors, The Great Art Quest, Generate and Art of Sound, as well as our Youth Navigators.
During the visit, Her Majesty unveiled a plaque to commemorate the occasion.
'We have had a fantastic response from our visitors, who have travelled from far and wide to Margate to experience the gallery and the art we have on display for free here.
We know the positive benefits we have already brought to the local economy, and I am delighted that The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have been able to witness this impact for themselves.'
– Victoria Pomery, Director of Turner Contemporary.
'The visit of The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh is a moment to celebrate for Turner Contemporary and the town, and confirms our status as a leader in our field and a gallery of international status.'
– John Kampfner, Chair of Turner Contemporary
'The visit of Her Majesty the Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to Turner Contemporary is not just a great moment for Margate but a major acknowledgement for British contemporary art. And it's so exciting - Margate's on the map again.'
- Tracey Emin, artist
Blueprint for arts led regeneration
Since opening in April this year, Turner Contemporary has become a blueprint for arts led regeneration. The gallery has already established an international profile, attracting visitors from across the UK and beyond to Margate, putting the seaside town firmly back on the map and bringing significant economic benefits to local businesses. In Margate Old Town, situated close to Turner Contemporary, 35 new businesses have opened in the last 18 months alone.
Her Majesty The Queen's visit follows this hugely successful beginning for Turner Contemporary.
Before visiting the gallery, Her Majesty was taken on a tour of Margate Old Town and met a number of local businesses including The Cup Cake Café and Blackbird shop.
Support our work
You can support Turner Contemporary's on-going success by making a donation to support our work. To make a donation today, text TURN01 and the amount to 70070 or contact Lhosa Daly on 01843 233023 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
See photos from the day on our Flickr page
Press from the day
Radio 4 Today programme
Queen meets Tracey Emin in Margate The Guardian
Hurrah for Margate's inspirational attitude The Observer
BBC News KentKent OnlineHeart FM
Kent NewsRoyal recognition for UCA's collaboration with Turner Contemporary This is Kent
Sky news Australia The TelegraphMa'am goes to Margate Daily Mail
Arts Council England