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Offsite programme

Sat 3 Feb - Sun 11 Mar 2018

11am - 6pm / Nayland Rock Hotel, Margate / Free

Open 11am-6pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

Mon - Thur by appointment only

Press preview: Thursday 1st February, 12 - 4pm

Preview evening: Friday 2nd February, 7pm til late

In this exhibition, national and international artists riff off the ‘inviolable’ voices in T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. With a focus on myth, gender and facets of the self, the artists’ work will re-inhabit and re-animate the empty rooms, spaces and grounds of the Grade II listed Nayland Rock Hotel, Margate.

Recalling Eliot’s own convalescence in Margate in 1921, some of the works in this exhibition will be created during short artist residencies held at the hotel, alongside a number of specially commissioned, site-specific works responding directly to the visual lexicon of The Waste Land against the backdrop of the hotel’s heritage; its faded grandeur, peeling wallpaper and artexed surfaces.

It is through an exploration of the myriad voices in The Waste Land, and through the personage of Tiresias in particular, that we choose to navigate the past and possible future of the Nayland Rock Hotel.

To include a programme of events: talks, performances, tours, and workshops.

David Buckley | Emma Critchley | Simon Foxall | Dazzling Allgood Susie Hamilton | Derek Jarman | Paul Knight | Victoria Lucas Amanda Marchand | Jay Rechsteiner | Lindsay Segall | Shaun Stamp Katie Surridge | Wolfgang Tillmans | Sally Waterman | Chiara Williams

and 2017 OSE alumni: Chloe Ashley | Emma Gibson | George Harding Lou Lou Sainsbury | Jessica Jordan-Wrench | Jo Murray | Sara Trillo

Curated by Chiara Williams and Shaun Stamp.

Chiara Williams is a curator and artist with 20 years’ experience working in private and public sectors. She co-founded London-based WW Contemporary Art in 2008, pioneered two UK exhibitions at the 53rd and 54th Venice Biennales, and established the SOLO Award™ in 2012. She has curated and hosted over 70 exhibitions and worked with over 400 artists. Williams grew up between Moscow, London and Venice, and currently lives in Margate.

Shaun Stamp is a visual artist born and raised in Wales to a mixed heritage family that spans the equators of South Americas, Europe, Northwest India and West Africa. Stamp has worked across Asia and Europe, and been artist in residence with Arts Council Wales, Dutch Arts & Culture Council, Armenian Culture Council, and Finnish Arts and Culture Council, and has been included in the Morgan Lovell Soho Sculpture Prize and The Broom Hill Sculpture Prize. He currently lives and works between Margate and London.

This is an independent event organised by members of the public in response to Turner Contemporary's invitation to create an event or activity inspired by The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot's legacy, and Turner Contemporary's exhibition Journeys with 'The Waste Land'.