Turner Prize 2019 in Margate: Enjoy world class art on your doorstep, free of charge!
Margate will be the sixth location outside of London to host the Turner Prize, following Hull, Liverpool, Gateshead, Londonderry and Glasgow.
The Turner Prize is one of the best known prizes for the visual arts in the world and Turner Contemporary will be hosting the exhibition between 28 September 2019 and 12 January 2020. Four of the most exciting artists working right now have been shortlisted for the prize; Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo, Tai Shani, and will have their work displayed on our doorstep.
Even if you don’t think art is your thing, come and see work by some of the world’s most outstanding artists because they may just surprise you!
On Tuesday 3 December 2019, the eyes of the world’s media will be on the town for the glittering awards ceremony at Dreamland to announce the winner of the competition. The winner will also be announced live on BBC News at Ten to an audience of ten million people. We are expecting over 500 guests and an A-list celebrity presenter.
This Prize provides us with a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise the profile of Margate and the wider district at a regional, national and international level, celebrating Thanet as a key cultural destination. Of equal importance is ensuring that there is a positive legacy in the district that extends beyond the life of the exhibition.
Thanet District Council has been working hard with key partners in preparation for such a huge event. A dedicated operational plan is in place to ensure that residents and visitors have a positive experience during their time in the town. Staff from the council, Turner Contemporary and Dreamland will be getting together on Friday 20 September to take part in a litter pick.
We want to ensure that residents feel a part of this event and that businesses and attractions in the entire district are ready to capitalise on the influx of visitors and open the Isle of Thanet up to a whole new audience.
In addition to the Turner Prize, there is also ‘Margate Now’ – an ambitious festival of art, events and performances taking place across Margate from 28 September to 12 January 2020. This will celebrate all the art, culture and creativity that our district has to offer and provides another opportunity for you to get involved! See the extensive events programme here.
You can find out more about the Turner Prize coming to Margate on the council’s Visit Thanet website