Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Turner Contemporary Gallery Preview Night

I joined many others at the preview evening of the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate, which was packed with local and county politicians, celebrities, arts lovers, local arts enthusiasts and members of the press and media.

John Kampfner introduced the speakers and here are just a few of the photos, showing KCC Leader Paul Carter, Thanet Council Leader, Bob Bayford and the gallery's director, Victoria Pomeroy.

There's a vibrant buzz around the Harbour Arm with everyone looking forward to the grand launch on Saturday morning. A tremendous sense of optimism for the future of Margate now the gallery is finally built and ready to put the town on the arts map of Europe.

I've taken 1,125 visits already today and I think this is partly, if not mostly due to people looking for news on the town prompted by the Turner event.






12 comments:

1 o'clock Rob said...

The whole family is waiting to head down to Margate on Saturday, still some negativity about the TC but it's here and everyone should make the most of it.

Hopefully plenty of stuff will be going on around the old town centre to keep everyone happy after we've been and nosed around.

Anonymous said...

The biggest event in Fanit is the Beer festival,surely this must say something what the residents want!

Anonymous said...

I trust there will be a comments book that allows us to tell the gallery exactly what we think of the place and the exhibits

itmike said...

Iv been to Margate today and I have to say its looking good, busy cafe and restaurants, people milling around The Turner Contemporary and lots of sunshine. All good. The Turner Contemporary may not be everyone’s cup of tea but hey don’t knock it is it brings some life to the town.
Mike

1 o'clock Rob said...

@ 10:17am anon, if you are only going there to put negative comments in a book why don't you stay at home and let those people that are interested attend. It may, as Mike puts it, not be your cup of tea but if the grant hadn't been accept by TDC/KCC to build it all that would be on the plot of land would be a derelict pub.

I don't know whether you understand how the Turner Centre came to be built or where the money to build it came from, either way it's here now and you better get used to it, they are hardly going to close it down because some luddite tells them "oi mate this is all a load of bullocks"!

Bluenote said...

Don't you just get the feeling that there exists an element within our community who simply cannot wait for the Turner to fail so they can all claim they told us so.

Think it is up to the optimists amongst us to support the new gallery and the town to make a few dreams come true. After all, was not long ago they were campaigning against Westwood X and that is hardly deserted.

Anonymous said...

Bluenote, Quote"Don't you just get the feeling that there exists an element within our community who simply cannot wait for the Turner to fail so they can all claim they told us so".....
It's called common sense, a disgraceful waste of money at a time of mass unemployment and hardship for thousands. Where does this monolithic eye sore generate income, where does it actually do something to positively promote and REALLY regenerate the area, stop living in cuckoo land and dreaming that the world is all pink and fluffy, there is a very real reality happening right now in Thanet and a pathetic shed on the end of a pier frequented by Lovies who wouldn't know a real days work if it jumped up and bit them will ever make the slightest difference.

Anonymous said...

How can you not love the Turner?
Didn't you know it was all Iris Johnson's idea?
But wait. Not long ago, wasn't she standing in Press photos with the residents of Margate who thought it was a crap idea? Prattling on about how she too wanted an ice rink or something/anything else except Turner!
Don't you just love politicians whose principles are so flexible in the month of May!

Anonymous said...

Well said, 10:05, how coveniently some folk forget the passage of time. The Turner Contemporary, its funding and planning, go back to a time when Gordon Brown was telling us there would be no more boom or bust. By the time the stark reality of our finances was exposed, this gallery was under way.

Reading comments like those of 9:08, who invariably kicks off by quoting back something somebody else has already written, one can but conclude that there is simply no pleasing some folk in Thanet.

Had it been an ice rink the same folk would be twittering about wasting money in a time of job losses, ignoring the fact, of course, that unemployment actually fell last month.

Anyway, our worries could soon all be over for, if Clive Hart is elected next month, the new council are pledged to pick up all the dog poo and reduce the number of councillors in the process. The logic of that escapes me because, if you are going to pick up all the dog poo, I would have thought the more the merrier. Nonetheless, watching them hard at their work should make a great day out, almost worth taking the dog.

1 o'clock Rob said...

@ 9:08pm, it may in your eyes be a waste of money but if we hadn't had it all the cash would have gone somewhere else and we would still have all the things you are going on about!

We didn't have a choice, it was take the money and build the centre or the money was going somewhere else, we couldn't have spent it on anything else it was the TC or nuffink!

Anonymous said...

@ 10:17am anon, if you are only going there to put negative comments in a book why don't you stay at home and let those people that are interested attend.

What makes you think I would negative comments. As a fan of modern art I wanted to be able to show my support for the place so I await your apology.

Anonymous said...

Still awaiting the apology!!!!