Turner Prize 2019 comes to Margate

This autumn, Turner Prize 2019 is coming to Margate! Our internationally renowned art gallery Turner Contemporary is hosting the prize, one of the best known for visual arts in the world, from 28th September 2019 to 12th January 2020.

Every other year the Prize moves from Tate Britain to a venue around the country, and this year it’s coming to the Isle of Thanet.

Four of the most exciting artists working right now have been shortlisted for the prize and will have their work displayed at the gallery, with the winner announced at an awards ceremony in Margate in December 2019.

Both the Turner Prize and Turner Contemporary take their name from the artist JMW Turner (1175 - 1851), who was an innovative and controversial artist in his day. He is now seen as one of the greatest British artists, and frequented Margate often.

Having come to the town as a child, Turner became a regular visitor from the 1820s onwards. He declared that “the skies over Thanet are the loveliest in all Europe” and produced a number of works of Margate. It’s this connection with Margate and Turner’s radical approach to art that was the founding inspiration for Turner Contemporary, and why seeing the Turner Prize in Margate is an experience not to be missed.

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    Tate Britain have announced the four artists who have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2019: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani.

    An exhibition of work by the four shortlisted artists will be held from 28 September 2019 to 12 January 2020 at Turner Contemporary in Margate. The winner will be announced on 3 December 2019 at an award ceremony live on the BBC, the broadcast partner for the Turner Prize.

    LAWRENCE ABU HAMDAN - For his solo exhibition Earwitness Theatre at Chisenhale, and for the video installation Walled Unwalled and performance After SFX at Tate Modern, London. Self-proclaimed ‘private ear’, Abu Hamdan’s work investigates crimes that have been heard and not seen; exploring the processes of reconstruction, the complexity of memory and language as well as the urgency of human rights and advocacy. The jury was struck by Abu Hamdan’s exploration of sound as an architectural element and the way he recreates particular situations through sound and performance.

    HELEN CAMMOCK - For her solo exhibition The Long Note at Void, Derry~Londonderry and IMMA, Dublin. The jury praised the timely and urgent quality of Cammock’s work which explores social histories through film, photography, print, text and performance. Creating layered narratives that allow for the cyclical nature of history to be revealed, The Long Note looks at the history and the role of women in the civil rights movement in Derry Londonderry. The work highlights how the complexities of the politics of Northern Ireland have overshadowed the social history of the region and the variety of political positions taken by women during that time.

    OSCAR MURILLO - For his participation in the 10th Berlin Biennale, his solo exhibition Violent Amnesia at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and solo exhibition at the chi K11 art museum Shanghai. The jury particularly praised the way Murillo pushes the boundaries of materials, particularly in his paintings. His work incorporates a variety of techniques and media including painting, drawing, performance, sculpture and sound, often using recycled materials and fragments from his studio. Murillo’s work reflects on his own experience of displacement and the social fallout of globalisation.

    TAI SHANI - For her participation in Glasgow International 2018, solo exhibition DC: Semiramis at The Tetley, Leeds and participation in Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance at Nottingham Contemporary and the De Le Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea. The jury noted the compelling nature of Shani’s ongoing project Dark Continent, particularly the work’s ability to combine historical texts with contemporary references and issues. Developed over four years, it takes inspiration from a 15th century feminist text, Christine de Pizan’s The Book of the City of Ladies. Shani uses theatrical installations, performances and films to create her own allegorical city of women populated by fantastical characters, transporting the viewer to another time and place.

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    We’re here to make your visit to Turner Prize 2019 easy. We can help you with information on how to get here, accommodation, food and drink and the many things you can see and do in Margate and around the Isle of Thanet to give you the best (and most fun-filled) experience possible. Just browse this website or contact us at visitorinformation@thanet.gov.uk

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    Whether it’s a day trip or weekend, you can enhance your exhibition experience by exploring all that Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate have  to offer.

    Visit Margate’s other cultural attractions - be thrilled by the rides and catch a gig at Dreamland, see the mysterious Shell Grotto, or go underground to find the newly opened Margate Caves (from the summer). Wander around the Old Town and Northdown Road to find a host of small galleries, artists studios and independent shops, before capturing one of our oh-so-instagrammable ‘Turner sunsets’ over the Harbour Arm.

    Explore Turner’s Margate on the Turner and Dickens self-guided walk to Broadstairs, where you’ll find 7 stunning bays, with infinite views out to sea, perfect for a post-exhibition relax and time on the beach with friends/family. Continue along the Viking Coastal Trail, by foot or bike, to take in Ramsgate’s Royal Harbour and the many cafes and restaurants this cosmopolitan town has to offer and meet many of the creatives that live and work there.

    Find many more ways to enjoy your stay here.

  • Why wait until Autumn? Visit today Toggle accordion content

    Get a taste of the Isle of Thanet this spring and summer, in preparation for your Turner Prize trip. With 16 stunning bays and 6 blue flag beaches, music and food festivals, surfing, seal-watching, fascinating history and attractions and Turner Contemporary’s Seaside: Photographed exhibition, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and plenty of coastal adventures to be had.