Turner Prize 2019 comes to Thanet

The host venue for Turner Prize 2019 will be Turner Contemporary in Margate.

One of the best known prizes for the visual arts in the world, the Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art. Every other year, the prize leaves Tate Britain and is presented at a venue outside London.

In 2019 it will be presented at Turner Contemporary which, since opening in 2011, has had a catalytic effect on social and cultural regeneration in Kent, and has established an international reputation.

Rob Kenyon, Director of Community Services at Thanet District Council said: “As home to a rapidly expanding creative sector, Margate is witnessing first-hand the power of cultural led regeneration. We are therefore delighted that the world's most prestigious contemporary art event is coming to the town in 2019.

"Thanet is already the UK's fastest growing tourism economy so the publicity and interest that this prize attracts will provide yet another fantastic boost for the region and cement its reputation as a global cultural powerhouse. This is brilliant news and a credit not just to those at Turner Contemporary, Kent County Council and Thanet District Council but also those in the local creative sector who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this happen.”

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