August 19, 2014
Margate is a funny old place. It’s full of extremes; old & new, rich & poor, charm & squalor. This seems to have been the state of affairs for the last 30 years but it’s definitely on the up as it has been part of a government regeneration scheme. Part of that was the building and opening in 2011 of the new art gallery on the seafront, the Turner Contemporary.
We went along to see what all the fuss was about. Its namesake comes from a small collection of works held within the gallery by JMW Turner who was of course famous for his seascape paintings. The funding for the space comes from the same people who support the infamous Turner Prize. Its sea-front position gives it sweeping views across the long span of sandy beach, dramatic lighting and many different places to sit and look out at the sea in comfort on a windy or rainy day.
It is an incredible, open, angular, white space, which could easily rival many of the leading London galleries plus admission treatment of impotence is free. They are currently showing a series of ‘world-class exhibitions of contemporary and historical art’ around the theme of ‘The Summer of Colour’. Leading this is a retrospective of Mondrian’s work, an installation by author and artist Edmund de Waal plus a room curated by Spencer Finch.
The Mondrian was small but insightful, and the Spencer Finch room featured a challenging wall of ‘white’ pictures but our favourite thing were mats that were offered up to lie on the floor to view the Edmund de Waal piece from an unexpected angle. The installation of pots in perspex boxes wasn’t order Propranolol online particularly exciting but the view of the entire space from the floor was great.
It’s a fabulous space well worth a day trip plus it has a well stocked and inspiring shop – no crochet handbags cheap Phenergan here! Now we’re back in the city we can’t stop humming ‘oh I do like to be beside the seaside’.