Journey's with 'The Waste Land' Events

In 1921 Thomas Stearns Eliot, composed the key lines of ‘The Waste Land’ poem whilst sat at the Nayland Rock Shelter on Margate Seafront. The poem was published the year after and is considered one of the 20th century literary masterpieces

On Margate Sands.
I can connect
Nothing with nothing.
The broken fingernails of dirty hands.
My people humble people who expect

Eliot was in the town on sick leave from his bank job and had been advised by his doctor not to write during this period of convalescence.

This winter Turner Contemporary host an exhibition called ‘Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’ (3rd February – 7th May) examines connections between Eliot’s poem and historical and contemporary art

Take a walk along the seafront towards the station and you will find the Nayland Rock Shelter, (Grade II listed) the location where T.S Eliot wrote the lines of the poem.

Throughout Margate you will find venues collaborating with their own exhibitions, events and presentations. 


Pie Factory Margate  
*17-27 March: Front of House – Turner Contemporary’s Front of House staff present their own work across a wide range of ideas, approach and media
*6-11 April: Mixing Memory and Desire – staff and alumni from UAL (University of the Arts London) respond to T.S Elliot’s work taking as a point the line, ‘Mixing memory and desire’
*20-24 April: Journey of Nutcase 10 - exhibition reflecting the experiences of T.S Eliot and his wife Vivienne who both suffered with mental health difficulties

Margate Museum 
3 Feb – 7 May: Hosting two artist installations within cells 1 and 3 of the building –
*Prison, Palace -  mixed-media artwork exhibition by Sława Harasymowicz’s
*Postcards from Margate 1921 - exhibition giving a flavour of Margate in 1921 when T.S Eliot visited

*3 Feb – 4 March: Different Voice: UCA Canterbury Kent Artist Bank Project - Staff and students will be using the artist book as a means of exploring themes located within the poem
*9 March – 2 April: The Waste Land Salon – inviting the public to participate in re-enactments of the salons delve further into Eliot’s epic poem
*20 April – 7 May: Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’- curatorial space where you can select artworks and create an exhibition experimenting with your own choice of artworks in response to the poem

Nayland Rock Hotel
*3 Feb – 11 March: At the Violet Hour - a focus on myth, gender and facets of the self-artists’ work will re-inhabit and re-animate the empty rooms, spaces and grounds of the Grade II listed hotel

Hantverk and Found
*3 Feb – 18 March: Eye of the Needle - work exploring T.S Eliot’s relationship with the mechanical sound recording of the gramophone
*30 March – 1 April: I Told You There was Something in the Air – exhibition exploring the significance of T.S Eliot’s poem The Waste Land through the visual arts.

Lombard Street Gallery 
*3-25 Feb: From Wasteland to Wasteland - exhibition by five artists inspired by an event that happened over 100 years ago exploring and connecting WW1, Margate and T.S Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’
*3 Feb – 7 May: On Margate Sands - featuring new artworks by five resident artists responding to T.S Eliot’s poem The Waste Land and his association with Margate

Proper Coffee
*3 Feb – 7 May: The Deep Sea Swell - an intimate exhibition of oil paintings and sketches celebrating The Waste Land by T.S Eliot

The Printworks
*3 Feb – 7 May: Sally Waterman: In The Cage - featuring the work of video artist and photographer Sally Waterman

King Street Gallery
*26 Feb – 2 March: Our Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’ -

Union Row
*6 Feb – 24 April: Shantih, Shantih, Shantih! - a mindful yoga community class drawing on ideas explored in the Turner Contemporary exhibition that resonate with health, well-being and healing

Margate Train Station
*24 Feb: Wateland to Wasteland – a walking guided tour from Margate Station to Lombard Street Gallery

Turner Contemporary
*8 April: Landing Place: On Margate Sands – showcasing a range of voices, with new readers alongside experienced performers, and occasional guests give other responses to poetry
*6, 7,20 & 21 April: April is the Crulest Month -
*29 April - On the Tram to Nayland Rock - 

Bon Volks Studios
*23-31 March: Songs of the Nuclear -

Resort Studios
*30 March: Festival of Cats – a celebration of T.S Eliot’s best-selling work ‘Old Possums Book of Practical Cats’, which aims to demonstrate the ways that Eliot enjoyed the psychology, personality and metaphysics of cats

101 Social Club
*14-15 April: You Can Edit It - an immersive installation inspired by Eliot’s use of landscape, which visitors are invited to move, touch, take, add to or ignore
*27 April- 7 May: Wasted – students from UCA Canterbury Kent use a diverse range of time-based, moving image and print-based formats to respond to the notion of dispossession and other themes found in T.S Eliot’s The Waste Land

*21 -22 April: Nothing from Nothing – inspired by the extensive revisions, suggestions and edits made by Ezra Pound to T.S Eliot’s manuscript of The Waste Land, this fleeting, collaborative residency in Margate will examine editing as a creative process

Tom Thumb Theatre
*27 April: Back to The Jazz Age – an immersive cabaret evening dedicated to T.S Eliot and the songs and sounds of the jazz and dance halls of Paris following the Great War
*4 & 5 May: The Wasted Eliot Outtakes -