The Turner Prize 2019 invites you to Margate NOW

Margate Festival 2018. Photography by Heather Tait (4)

Margate Festival 2018. Photography by Heather Tait

Margate NOW, an ambitious and dynamic festival of art, events and performances, will unfold across Margate from 28th September to celebrate the Turner Prize coming to Turner Contemporary for its 2019 exhibition.

Developed by a consortium of partners and artists, the town-wide programme will be bigger than ever before. Its goal is to spread a little magic throughout the town by placing artworks in unexpected places.

Margate Festival NOW 2018_Artists Moving Memory_photo by Heather Tait

As part of an open call, led by Margate Festival, artists were invited to respond to the theme ‘NOW’. 500 artists and performers will create 60 music, dance, exhibitions and installations as part of the programme guest-curated by Russell Tovey.

“I’ve always had a close relationship with art and began collecting art in my mid 20s whilst acting in The History Boys,” says guest curator Russell Tovey. “Initially, I was excited by the buzz of investing in art and buying something that would outlive me. As my collection has grown my interest has developed into supporting emerging and mid-career artists as well as becoming a patron for a number of not-for-profit public art institutions.”

Tovey adds: “Margate NOW is such an exciting programme. Art can be powerful and engaging and I am looking forward to seeing the town brought to life in unusual, surprising and entertaining ways. I’ve really enjoyed helping to curate and select artists for the festival. It’s great to be able to support and encourage the creation of new art and new ideas.”

Margate Festival NOW 2018. Artists Moving Memory photo by Heather Tait

In addition to the open call programme, of co-commissions include international sound artist and electronic musician Yuri Suzuki, who will to create a new work for Turner Contemporary’s South Terrace, in partnership with Kent Libraries, inspired by people from across the county. A new work, ‘Printed Whispers’, is being developed by Yemi Awosile in collaboration with Open School East. Awosile is collaborating with local groups and organisations to make use of natural resources and reconditioned objects, sourced from the local area.

Sands Hotel Margate 2019

Sands Hotel Margate (the second building from the right)

Running alongside the programme, Sands Hotel Margate is offering a special ‘Turner Seaside Snap’ package aimed at boosting your creativity. Costing from £175pp, the package includes two nights B&B, a cream tea, a bottle of wine and a three-hour lesson with a local professional photographer on how to capture the best seaside pictures. Find details here.

Margate NOW is on until 13th October 2019. Select events and exhibitions will continue until the Turner Prize 2019 exhibition leaves Margate on 12th January 2020.

The festival has been enabled by a successful bid to the Arts Council England for £219,000 of National Lottery funding as well as contributions from Kent County Council, Thanet District Council and Dreamland Margate.

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