Saturday, April 16, 2011

Turner Contemporary Opens - A Bird's Eye View.

For anyone wishing to enjoy a 'Bird's eye' view of what was happening at exactly 09:45 this morning as the gallery opened, a historic moment for the town of Margate after many years of waiting, here are some photos to enjoy. The link to the gallery will give you higher resolution, although not quite good enough to identify individual faces!

Writing at the end of the day after watching the Twitter feed, there is a huge groundswell of popular support and optimism surrounding today's launch event. The impression I have, is that this represents a new era of opportunity for Margate; a new sense of hope and expectation surrounding the prospects for steady progress and regeneration in the wake of Turner. One might say that this is the beginning of a journey for the town and it may take many more years before we can measure its true impact as a centre of the arts but it's a start and a good one too, with many of the negative remarks now firmly buried.

I was a little disappointed that one lady member of the opposition chose to politicise the story on BBC Radio, we are, after all in the period running-up to an election when councillors are well-advised to stay clear of the media.

16 comments:

Michael Child said...

Thanks for the picture’s Simon, I would have liked to have been there at the public opening, but unfortunately am at work.

As you say a historic moment for Margate, perhaps we will soon see a “Gallery Rage” post.

Anonymous said...

Thought we had already experienced gallery rage for some of the locals have been whinging about it ever since it was first proposed. But then, they do don't they?

Let us just hope the place becomes all the rage, attracts the hordes of visitors Thanet so desperately needs and gives a kick start to our regeneration.

Andrew said...

That's actually a really nice photo of Fort Hill and the houses facing the TC. Hope all that came from afar stayed behind and spent money in the area and didn't all scuttle straight back on to HS1 and the sanctuary of their London art enclaves.
Good luck to TC. I hope (against hope I fear)that it will help improve the area. Brian Sewell, whilst the worst sort of pompous art git you could imagine, did make the point (just before the Shredded Wheat factory jibe) that an art gallery needs to spring up amongst an art community. In this respect someone, somewhere, has got it right.
We are now starting to see a polarisation of function in the three main communities on the Island. No bad thing:- Margate = art; where are the other two towns going to feature? What is the grand plan for Broadstairs? Or Ramsgate?

Anonymous said...

Broadstairs does not need a grand plan for it has done OK for years. Dickens Week, Folk Week, the Water Gala and still a destination of choice for many families for weekends and longer.

Ramsgate has its port and marina and has been on the up for a while now. It offers much of interest around the harbour and adjacent area and that is its strength.

Margate has been the poor relation and hopefully with the restoration of the old town and now the new gallery things are on the up.

Just need to sort out our local whingers and the groups that oppose everything. Even managed to drive away a Sea Life Centre a few years back and would have stopped the Turner if they had their way. No, they are our biggest problem, not the place itself or even the TDC but a hard core of its residents.

Anonymous said...

Yeah!fantasic day,over 8000 visitors and still counting!Everyone having great time,old town fit to burst,weather lovely sun just setting,how lucky i feel to be part of Margate's regeneration!Yeah!

Andrew said...

546 pm. Precisely my point. Margate = art. Broadstairs = seaside holiday. Ramsgate = working port and marina - as long as we keep it dredged.
The real elephant in the room on the Island is the large, economically inactive population. The locals are more than happy - I suspect - to see things improve. The imported population, mostly from London Boroughs who didn't want them either, are a major problem, both here and in other seaside resorts around the south coast. They have no investment in the area and much spare time to criticise all and sundry. Add to this the large "grey" population, who again are averse to any change and you start to see the hard core of "whingers". Simon has alluded to these matters in the past. The solution must involve central government but until there is a solution there can be no full term regeneration.

1 o'clock Rob said...

Phew... what a day, the reports from the harbour area this morning and afternoon makes me greatful that we decided to spend the most of the day at the beach hut, from there we watched the Turner opening via binoculars and listended to it as the music carried quite well towards Westbrook bay.

A crackin' BBQ late afternoon and then 4 families piled into cars to soak up the early evening ambience of Margate at sunset. The Turner was still heaving as we made our way in at just after 8pm, an hour later and we were out and taking a stroll along a packed harbour arm. A stop off at Pete's, where the girl told me they had been rushed off their feet all day, for a portion of chips finished the day perfectly.

All in all a great day for me and also for Turner Contemporary and Margate in general.

Anonymous said...

Andrew, as a member of the 'grey' population, who has been active in trying to combat the opposers to everything, I must protest at being lumped in with the economically inactive as part of Thanet's problem.

Many of us 'greys' were kids here in the war, grew up when the beaches were packed and watched the decline when the great British public turned to Benidorm. Most of us, far from being resistant to change, would love to see the old place revitalised.

Bring on the Turner, the airport (even bring the Yanks back if it would help) and all worthwhile projects.

Ken Gregory said...

Just to confirm Margate was 'Buzzin' last night, and again today, I have had my doubts about the Turner Centre, but they were ill founded... I take my hat off to the turner team

Adem said...

Hopefully the 'whingers' will give the place a chance and hopefully we will be looking back in years to come of the time when Margate turned the corner and was a bustling town again.

Anonymous said...

On time and on budget. Utter rubbish. 7-years late and 6 million over budget. Any chance of an apology from TDC? No, thought not. Keep the spin going.

DrM. said...

I'm not quite sure why TDC should apologise as it's an Arts Council/SEEDA/KCC funded project.

Anyway.. it appears to have put Margate firmly on the map!

Anonymous said...

Anthea Turner Centre closed today Monday after only opening on Saturday.Could only happen in Fannit.

Anonymous said...

10:36 If it stayed open 24/7 I am sure you would whinge about the waste of power. You just enjoy eating your heart out for it is obviously how you get your kicks.

Meantime, Margate basks in sunshine and the Turner, which closes on Mondays except bank holidays, is back open for visitors.

Anonymous said...

Nice photos, would you know of any news regarding the fort hotel, is there a buyer? It would be a shame to loose it, a building what turner would have known. If restored to former glory, I feel it would enhance the area and compliment the contemporary.

Triskaidexie said...

Awesome pictures; I hope it's OK I reposted one on Facebook, links back to here although I used Bitly as it was one of the longest URLs I've ever seen.