Margate Now Festival 2021

The Sunken Garden, Westbrook, Margate

* Please note, dates are provisional, COVID-19 restrictions allowing *

Margate NOW 2021 is a multi-disciplinary arts festival celebrating Margate’s rich cultural life, heritage & talent, animating unusual spaces and bringing audiences together in exciting ways.

Margate NOW 2021 announces Anna Colin as guest curator of a contemporary art programme informed by ecology, botany and community...

Based in Kent, Colin is the former director and a co-founder of Open School East (2013-20), and an independent curator, educator and researcher with an interest in garden design and horticulture.

Launching as Sunken Ecologies (from 25th September until 10th October), Colin’s programme for the 2021 festival takes on the human-made natural environment. It centres on the Sunken Garden, a public park in Westbrook, Margate, designed and landscaped in the 1930s. During the Festival, the Sunken Garden acts as a catalyst for botanical, social and speculative investigation, and a space to present artworks, and reclaim or reimagine green spaces. 

Colin said, “I appreciate being given this opportunity to curate the 2021 edition of Margate NOW, and am excited to explore new ways of working outside, entangling art, nature, learning and communities. I am grateful to the Sunken Garden Society for entrusting us with this miniature Eden, an inspiring model of cooperative effort. “

The programme for Sunken Ecologies will range from functional sculptures serving the needs of the Sunken Garden, to landscape interventions, walks, texts and sounds inspired by the Garden and Thanet’s broader human-made natural environment. Outdoor and online talks and intimate events take place over the three weekends of the Festival.

Sunken Gardens, Westbrook: Margate Now 2021

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Sunken Garden, Westbrrok, Margate