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Marvel at local, regional and internationally acclaimed artwork across Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate

The internationally-acclaimed Turner Contemporary leads the creative charge, with cool individual galleries and studios emerging across Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate.

Discover a growing number of independent galleries and studios among the cobbled streets of Margate's Old Town, like the Pie Factory and Eclectic Art Gallery. Explore more across Cliftonville, like Joseph Wales Gallery. Visit studios and workshops showcasing local and national artists' work, with the opportunity to pick up a bargain or a masterpiece! Margate's very own Tracey Emin has opened and artist residency project TKE Studios.

Dotted around the harbour and side streets of Broadstairs are independent galleries like New Kent Art Gallery and Broadstairs Gallery, offering limited prints, panoramic photographs and exhibitions of local work. 

Ramsgate also has its own growing art scene with galleries like Turner Rowe Art Centre & Gallery, McGillan & Woodell, and the York St. Gallery, which exhibits work by local artists. Vincent Van Gogh lived here on the West Cliff, and taught in a local school, a connection now celebrated by sculptor Anthony Padgett, whose bust of the artist can be seen in Spencer Square. The West Cliff's Addington St. is also home to both the Laurent Delaye and Aitch galleries.

Every two years August sees Thanet Open Studios take place whilst in October East Kent Artists' Open Houses sees artists and artisans opening their studios, galleries and homes to showcase their work to locals and visitors alike.

Discover art and craft events

  • Margate
    • Anthony Giles Studio and Gallery -Powerful landscape images of the Kent coast.
    • The Black Gallery - Exhibits local figurative sculpture and hyper-realist paintings of Matthew Penn
    • Bon Volks Studios - Residency, project, and community space studio.
    • Carl Freedman Gallery - Changing exhibitions of contemporary art.
    • Clayspace Studio - Provides ceramic studio space, classes and workshops.
    • Crate - Artist-led studio / project space, supporting contemporary artists’ research and practice.
    • Cuckoo Gallery - Contemporary works by established artists and emerging new talent.
    • DIG Gallery - Art by Deborah Isabella Gilbert & photography by Nick Gilbert.
    • The Eclectic Art Gallery - Contemporary art gallery, showcasing the work of local artists.
    • Go Create - Painting, drawing, ceramics, mosaic and photography workshops and short courses
    • The Lido Stores - Contemporary art, ceramics and jewellery, mostly by Kent based artists.
    • Joseph Wales Gallery - Exhibitions hosted by local artists and artisans. 
    • Kill Me Now Gallery - Showcasing art prints, linocuts, ceramics, t-shirts and books.
    • King Street Studio and Gallery - Promotes local artists; also classes and one-day workshops.
    • Liminal Gallery - Represents emerging / mid-career contemporary artists across the UK and Ireland.
    • Lovelys Gallery - Established in 1891; sales of fine art, artists supplies, and picture framing, alongside exhibitions and workshops. 
    • The Margate School - Thriving space for artists to showcase their work including art, readings, art classes, performance and more. 
    • Open School East - Alternative arts school serving as a learning and  experimental space for artists.
    • Paul's Gallery - Displays and sells original artworks by local and student artists; also commissions.
    • Pie Factory Margate - Community exhibition space for local artists and creatives.
    • Quench - Project space and gallery.
    • Ramsay and Williamsgallery within vintage shop and ice cream parlour 
    • Resort - Collectively-run studios, workshops and exhibition space. 
    • Rhodes Gallery - Exhibits fine and contemporary art, photography and sculpture.
    • TKE Studios - Artist studios and gallery spaces
    • Turner Contemporary - Internationally renowned gallery with changing exhibitions of contemporary and historical art, with shop and cafe. 
    • Well Projects - Artist-led gallery and performance space.
  • Broadstairs
  • Ramsgate
  • Villages
    • Matthew Alexander Fine Art - works by local artist Matthew Alexander
    • Quex Craft Village - see crafting skills first hand with the chance to purchase goods 
    • Westgate Galleria - a creative centre for artists and artisans to showcase and sell their works. Providing workshops, demonstrations and creative courses
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