Sky Arts choose Margate as its backdrop

Margate’s Harbour Arm has featured as the location for the semi-final of Sky Arts’ Landscape Artist of the Year 2016, broadcast on Tuesday 22 November at 8pm.

Facilitated by Thanet District Council in partnership with The Kent Film Office, the location is the first of all the heats in this series to not be filmed at a National Trust property.

The artists in the programme all completed a painting of the landscape from the Harbour Arm, which was selected for its ‘very different landscape’ in comparison to the other locations used for the programme’s six qualifying heats.

The paintings by the semi-finalists in the programme will also be on display at an exhibition at Turner Contemporary from 6 December – 8 January 2017.

This filming is one of several high profile programmes to use Thanet as its backdrop in recent months. Scenes for new ITV drama, Liar, starring Joanna Froggatt (Downtown Abbey) and Ioan Gruffudd (Hornblower), were filmed at Walpole Bay and Dreamland. Thanet District Council’s Communications team, who provide the necessary permission to film on Thanet’s beaches and public spaces, facilitate all filming and also offer advice and assistance to production companies looking for suitable locations across the district.

Cllr Derek Crow-Brown, Cabinet Member for Corporate Governance Services, said: ‘There are such a variety of backdrops across Thanet that it’s no surprise that we are attracting more and more production teams to film their scenes here. It certainly instils a sense of pride to know our fantastic beaches and public spaces are being viewed by people across the country and beyond.’ 



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