Turner Contemporary is a visual arts organisation that celebrates JMW Turner's association with the town and promotes the understanding and enjoyment of historical and contemporary art
Turner Contemporary is a dynamic visual arts organisation that believes in making art open, relevant and fulfilling for all. Inspired by JMW Turner’s sense of enquiry, we offer a space for everyone to embrace their curiosity and to discover different ways of seeing, thinking and learning. They do this by offering a stimulating programme of temporary exhibitions, events and learning opportunities. This programme enables intriguing connections to be made between art from 1750 to the present day. On Saturday 16 April 2011 the landmark new gallery, designed by Stirling Prize Winner David Chipperfield Architects, opened. Admission to the gallery is free.
Situated on Margate’s seafront, on the same site where Turner stayed when visiting the town, our gallery is the largest exhibition space in the South East, outside of London. They are at the forefront of Margate’s exciting revival as Kent’s new cultural heart. With the help of our funders, community and supporters, we stimulate change and build a warm, vibrant cultural space for everyone.
'Turner Contemporary’s purpose is to stretch the boundaries of current visual arts practice, to make the exhibitions sufficiently varied and to bridge the gap between the historical and contemporary.' Victoria Pomery, Director, Turner Contemporary
'Designed by the immaculately progressive David Chipperfield, Turner Contemporary is probably the most elegant gallery interior in Britain right now.'
Waldermar Januszczak, art critic
"I never imagined that my family and grandchildren would have the opportunity to walk into a local gallery to view world-class art. Now they do."