Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Turner Contemporary

Hello

Thanks for popping in.

We've been continuing our short breaks to English seaside resorts that have seen better days before holidays abroad became popular, with a trip to Margate in Kent. Famed for its light by Artist J.M.W. Turner who returned again and again to paint, it sounded just my cup of tea as does Venice for the same reason.  We arrived in the rain.  Typical.

A cafe was needed swiftly and the David Chipperfield designed Turner Contemporary art gallery was the ideal spot, right on the coast.  Down in the sea in front of it stood one of Antony Gormley's sculptures - Another Time - staring out to sea.




The exhibition showing was Seaside: Photographed. This was a delightful collection of old and new photos of the seaside from the 1850s onwards, great to see fashions of yesteryear, old postcards, family photos taken in free photo booths on the beach.  Fascinating stuff.



Over the four days, we kept returning to see how Antony was doing, sometimes he was there and others he had completely disappeared under the waves. Mr CK couldn't resist standing nearby, with his coat on! When we eventually managed to get close to the sculpture, it was fun to see he was wearing green seaweed wellies.




Luckily the weather got better and better.  Below you can see the Turner Contemporary, second left.  The tourist information office is on the left, bearing a neon sign created by Tracey Emin who grew up in the town.



There will be more to come but this was a great start!

Cheerio

8 comments:

  1. I like the sound of that exhibition, very interesting. I didn't know that Antony Gormley has a sculpture in Margate, the Another Place sculptures on Crosby Beach fascinate me. Yum, those fruit tarts look delicious.

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    1. I think it's only supposed to be there until next year but the sculptures are so atmospheric in the sea both in Liverpool and Margate, you can't resist yet another photo!

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful exhibition. Those fruit tarts are making me feel a little peckish.

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    1. I only had one you'll be pleased to hear, I left two for you!

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  3. Three wonderful and different artists connected to the town. The gallery and the sculpture look wonderful:)

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    1. The gallery and sculpture certainly give the place a cultural reason to visit, which is just my cup of tea. 😊

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  4. Sounds like there's a lot going on there with a lively art scene. At least you had several days to enjoy it all and, therefore, a relaxing break away.

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    1. We left thinking that we could easily go back to see the things we had missed along the coast and personally I could have sat on the beach watching the sky and sea change colour all day.

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