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  • Turner and the Elements
    Photo Ady Kerry 

Turner Contemporary's Inaugural Turner Lecture and Dinner

Special guest Simon Schama, CBE historian and art historian, University Professor of History and Art History at Columbia University and best known for writing and hosting the 15-part BBC documentary series A History of Britain, will speak at Turner Contemporary’s inaugural ‘Turner Lecture and Dinner’ on Wednesday 25 April 2012, supported by the KM Group.

The event will commence with a drinks reception in the Sunley Gallery alongside Rodin’s The Kiss, followed by the lecture in the South Gallery with oil paintings by Turner in the Fusion section of theTurner and Elements exhibition.

Dinner will be served in the Foyle Rooms overlooking ‘the loveliest skies in all Europe’. The menu will be inspired by the season and designed by our Head Chef.

The Turner Lecture and Dinner will raise vital funds for Turner Contemporary’s future exhibitions, learning and community outreach programmes. To date over 17,000 children, adults and family members have taken part in activities led by the Learning Team at Turner Contemporary, and our community projects are helping to change lives in the area. Since opening on 16 April 2011, over 400,000 people have visited Turner Contemporary with an estimated economic impact to Margate in excess of £3m.

KM Group chairman Geraldine Allinson said:  ‘The KM Group has always been a keen supporter of arts in the county and we have been delighted to see the Turner Contemporary make such an impact. We are proud to be supporting the first Turner Lecture and Dinner.’

The opening of Turner Contemporary in Margate has offered the organisation an extraordinary chance to build on its history, to present exhibitions in beautiful new galleries and widen the positive impact of its programmes on visitors, schools and the local and regional community.


Ticket prices

Advance tickets £85 per person (book by 31 March 2012)
Advance Table: £600 (book by 31 March 2012)
Full Price £100
Table of 8 people £700
Ticket with 3 year patronage* £3,000

How to RSVP

You can book a single Ticket and a Table for 8 Ticket online. For more information about the Patronage Ticket, please contact Lhosa Daly on 01843 233023 or email  


6.15 - 6.45pm pre-dinner drinks and opportunity to see Turner and the Elements
6.45 - 7.45pm Turner Lecture by Simon Schama
7.45pm Dinner
*Become a Turner Contemporary Patron on the occasion of the Turner Contemporary Dinner 2012 and enjoy three years of exclusive benefits.