Saturday, 20 November 2010

Turner contemporary opening date AND the newest art gallery in Old Town, Margate

From: Mariette Castellino
Date: 16 November 2010 15:10

Press Release - Monday 15 November 2010

Turner Contemporary opens 16 April 2011

Margate's new Turner Contemporary gallery, one of the largest and most important spaces for art outside London, will open to the public on Saturday 16 April 2011. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect, David Chipperfield, winner of 2007 RIBA Stirling Prize and RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, the opening of the new landmark building will be one of the key cultural events in 2011.

"I am thrilled that we are able to announce our opening date and look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to the gallery – the 16 April will be a great moment of celebration for Turner Contemporary and Margate." - Victoria Pomery, Director, Turner Contemporary
Taking inspiration from Britain's best-known painter, JMW Turner who was a regular visitor to Margate throughout his life, the gallery is situated on the sea front on the site of a guesthouse frequented by the artist. To mark this connection there will always be works by Turner on display in the gallery for visitors to enjoy.

"The opening of Turner Contemporary marks the start of an extraordinary opportunity for Margate and Thanet to become one of the UK's most compelling culture and tourism destinations. I would like to pay tribute to Kent County Council and our other partners for delivering this outstanding building on time and on budget." – John Kampfner, Chair, Turner Contemporary

Turner Contemporary's exhibitions programme will show a unique combination of contemporary art alongside historical work, demonstrating a particular focus on the art, thought and the legacy of JMW Turner.

The opening show Revealed: Turner Contemporary Opens explores the themes of imagination, discovery, wonder and the creative spirit. Centred on JMW Turner's extraordinary but little-known painting The Eruption of the Souffrier Mountains, in the Island of St Vincent, at Midnight, on the 30th of April, 1812, from a Sketch Taken at the Time by Hugh P. Keane, Esqre 1815, on loan from Victoria Gallery and Museum, University of Liverpool, the exhibition will feature the work of six major international artists Daniel Buren, Russell Crotty, Teresita Fernandez, Douglas Gordon, Ellen Harvey and Conrad Shawcross, including three important new commissions.

Until then …

"OUTSIDE THE SQUARE" is a new Art Gallery in Old Town Margate….based at 3 Duke Street, Old Town Margate next to the Tourist Information centre and virtually opposite the new £20M Turner Contemporary .

We have currently 304 original exhibits constituting 75 committed artists from 18 different countries all over the world .This gives our visitors access to original Art otherwise not available anywhere else in the UK.


We also have UK and Irish artists that have previously exhibited in The Tate (Liverpool), The Tate Modern, The National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Academy (RA) ,The RBA,  ROI, RHA, NAPA and The Royal Society Of Marine Painters (RSMA)..

Amongst our Artists world wide we have Christian Furr who is the youngest person ever to have painted the Queen at Buckingham Palace (National Portrait Gallery)...

Although we are a new business we are already showing profits after only months of opening.

We are also introducing Kerry Strongman's work (Sculpture) to the UK for the first time with a donation to Margate valued at 109,000 Euros to be positioned next to "Outside The Square" 3 Duke St … wherein to be called "The Sculpture Garden" .. A place where visitors can relax and experience the ambiance of what is fast becoming a charming "Arts focused mainstream ."

All our works are originals and upon purchase can be insured as a secure investment.

We have a diverse array of styles of Fine Art to choose from.

The feedback from visitors and artists thus far suggests that we have no competition in Kent.
We believe we are currently the largest Art Gallery in Thanet based on two levels set amongst interior brickwork and white walls with 6 brick pillars in the area on the lower level with two separate staircases to allow visitors to flow easily giving it more of an Art Gallery feel and less like a shop.
Upstairs we have high ceilings and 48 white light illumination spotlights to compliment an already naturally lit area to show a combination of both sculpture and paintings. All of which are original works.

We also offer a full Framing service working alongside Wessex Pictures and Simon Art who are the largest wholesalers  in the UK……

For further information please call in to "Outside The Square" 3 Duke St, Old Town Margate CT9 1EP. Open : Wed-Sat 10am-5.30pm……or ring/e-mail John Houston on 07 890346244……01843 571291…….houston.johnm@gmail.com 

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