Russell Tovey to curate an ambitious arts festival across Margate to mark Turner Prize 2019

 

Image of Margate beach with Turner Contemporary Gallery building in the background.

Margate ©Turner Contemporary

 

Margate NOW, an ambitious and dynamic festival of art, events and performances will be held across Margate from 28 September to 13 October 2019 to celebrate the world famous Turner Prize coming to Turner Contemporary for its 2019 edition. Developed by a consortium of partners and artists, the town-wide programme will be bigger than ever before and will place art works in unexpected places. This follows a successful bid to the Arts Council for £219,000 of National Lottery funding as well as further contributions from Kent County Council, Thanet District Council and Dreamland Margate.

As part of an open call, led by Margate Festival, artists were invited to respond to the theme ‘NOW’. 500 artists and performers will produce 60 events and have been selected to be part of the programme guest curated by Russell Tovey. There will be music, dance, exhibitions and installations. The festival runs from Saturday 28 September to Sunday 13 October, with a number of events and exhibitions continuing until the Turner Prize 2019 exhibition leaves Margate on 12 January 2020.

Guest Curator, Russell Tovey says:

“I’ve always had a close relationship with art and began collecting art in my mid 20s whilst acting in The History Boys. Initially, I was excited by the buzz of investing in art and buying something that would outlive me. As my collection has grown my interest has developed into supporting emerging and mid-career artists as well as becoming a patron for a number of not-for-profit public art institutions. Margate NOW is such an exciting programme. Art can be powerful and engaging and I am looking forward to seeing the town brought to life in unusual, surprising and entertaining ways. I’ve really enjoyed helping to curate and select artists for the festival. It’s great to be able to support and encourage the creation of new art and new ideas.”

In addition to the open call programme, there are a number of co-commissions. Turner Contemporary is working with international sound artist and electronic musician, based in London and Margate, Yuri Suzuki to create a new work for the gallery’s South Terrace, in partnership with Kent Libraries. Suzuki will use artificial intelligence to bring together sound and sculpture, inspired by people from across the county. A new work, ‘Printed Whispers’, is also being developed by Yemi Awosile in collaboration with Open School East. Awosile is collaborating with local groups and organisations and will make use of natural resources and reconditioned objects, sourced from the local area.

Further highlights include; theatre company 1927’s fantastical sequence of evening projections, created in collaboration with 500 local primary school children; specially programmed events from Dreamland; as well as a creative installation by Studio TAC at Margate Train Station delivered in partnership with Southeastern. Once the town-wide programme is in place, Turner Contemporary will work with children and a designer to create a child’s view of the town and realise an exciting new map drawn from their perspective. The gallery will train 150 new volunteers under a programme supported with funding from the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust. Volunteers will greet visitors and act as guides to all the events and happenings across the town.

Artists, Collectives And Companies:

1927 I Adam Carr & Jan Noble I Anna Symes, Round in Circles I Anthony Giles I Appletye I Arts Education Exchange I Kavel Rafferty | Ash Mukherjee Dance Company | Bob Chicalors | Charlie Evaristo-Boyce I Coney | Connor Sansby | Dan Bass | Dan Scott | Dawn Cole, Dan Thompson, Tracey Thompson, Graham Ward | Dominic Rose, Jon Spencer, Simon Cole, Margate Stanza I Emma Gibson | Free Range Orchestra | Genetic Moo | Heather Tait | Helen Whitehead | Holly Slingsby | Invisible Women | Jay Rechsteiner | Jemma Channing | Jessica Jordan-Wrench | John Hislop | Jordan Gray | Katie Fiore | Katrin Hanusch | Laura Durward & Emily Wood | Lee Cavaliere | Leigh Clarke | Liam O’Driscoll I Liene Steinberga Cesar | Lunatraktors | Matt Mapleston | Maxine Sutton | Mel Cole | Open School East Associates 2019 | RL-a | Roy Eastland | Ruth Fox | Sadie Hennessey | Sara Trillo | SLiDE | Steve McPherson | Studio Tac | Teresa Limbrick | The Waste Free Fashion Collective | Tom Verity and Melanie Wheeler I Turner Contemporaries | Ty Locke | Well Projects | Yemi Awosile | Zoe Murphy

Participating Venues:

Bon Volks | Carl Freedman Gallery | CRATE | Dreamland, Margate | Gordon House | Joseph Wales | Limbo | Lombard Street Gallery | Marine Studios | Margate WI | Northdown Studios | Pie Factory Margate | Pump House Yard | RESORT | Theatre Royal Margate | Turner Contemporary

Victoria Pomery OBE, Director of Turner Contemporary Margate, said:“We are delighted to be leading this dynamic collaboration to ensure that Turner Prize 2019 has maximum impact on the cultural life of the UK. Artists and creativity are at the heart of Turner Contemporary’s work and this autumn offers plenty of opportunities to see and experience the diversity of contemporary practice in the gallery, around Margate and across Kent.”

Dan Chilcott, Margate Festival, said: “It’s been really exciting working with cultural leaders across the town to curate such a wide-ranging group of artists and performers. Russell Tovey’s passion and commitment to exploring contemporary practice in an accessible way through his Talk Art podcast make him an ideal guest curator. The programme is really inspiring and the fact that many of those included in the festival live and work in Margate is a testament to the quality and ambition of the creative community here.”

Eddie Kemsley, CEO of Dreamland Margate, said: “Dreamland is working with local producers to develop a handful of evening events around Margate that will celebrate the music, art and the creativity that runs through the veins of our town. We also have some incredible plans for the festival in the works to be announced soon. This is going to be an amazing year for Margate NOW, we’re thrilled as ever to be part of it.”

Anna Colin, Director and Naami Padi, Deputy Director, Open School East, said: “We are pleased to announce that the Open School East commission has been awarded to alumnus Yemi Awosile, who works across the fields of design and art. We were particularly taken by Awosile’s proposal, which blends generative material and formal research with considered engagement with local groups as well as with societal issues.”

Paul Barritt, Co-Artistic Director, 1927, said: “1927 are delighted to be collaborating with the school children of Margate, creating a series of installations, including Raree Show boxes, interactive animated scenes and outdoor video-mapping – providing community wide enjoyment for their families, friends and neighbours; Margates burgeoning artist community and the many visitors to the Turner Prize.”

Sarah Bedingfield, Service Manager, Kent Libraries, said: “Kent Libraries are excited to be involved in engaging a wide range of people in the creation of this unique artistic experience”.

Cllr Mike Hill OBE, Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services, Kent County Council, said: “Margate NOW promises to present a rich and diverse body of work across a variety of artforms which will create opportunities for celebration, participation and reflection and provide a spectacular and memorable backdrop to Turner Prize 2019.”

Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, said: “We’re delighted that Turner Contemporary will host this year’s Turner Prize. It is a great tribute to everyone at Turner Contemporary and everyone at Kent County Council that has supported their success. Art, culture and creativity have all played a really impressive role in Margate’s rejuvenation over the last few years and so it is fitting that one of the art world’s biggest prizes should now be hosted there. It is particularly important to see so many partners involved and together they will produce something very special that celebrates both the local community and contemporary arts. Arts Council England will work closely with Turner Contemporary and Kent County Council to make the most of this great opportunity.”

Cllr Ash Ashbee, Cabinet Member for Coastal Development, Thanet District Council, said:
“It’s fantastic to see so many artists and exhibitors engaged as part of this festival. Margate NOW is the perfect opportunity to celebrate art, culture and creativity in our original seaside town and marks the start of the count down to hosting the prestigious Turner Prize 2019.”

Notes To Editors

Russell Tovey
Today Tovey’s collection is a reflection of his journey with art since the early 2000s. Currently focused on emerging American-based artists employing figurative and geometric abstraction, he has recently acquired works by Jamian Juliano-Villani, Loie Hollowell , Cheyenne Julien, Lisa Brice, Jonas Wood, Jennifer Packer, Shio Kusaka and Walter Price. The collection also includes works by many Royal Academicians including Margate local Tracey Emin, Michael Craig Martin, Rose Wylie and Wolfgang Tillmans.

About Margate NOW

Margate NOW runs from Saturday 28 September to Sunday 13 October, with a small number of events and exhibitions continuing until 12 January 2020.

Margate NOW has been developed in collaboration with partners. This includes; Turner Contemporary, Margate Festival, Open School East, Resort, 1927, Crate and Limbo Studios, Dreamland Margate, Kent County Council and Kent Libraries, Thanet District Council, Southeastern and local artists. The programme is funded by Arts Council England through National Lottery funding, as well as contributions from Kent County Council, Thanet District Council and Dreamland, Margate and the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust.

Please note that all public events are subject to relevant permissions and licenses.

About Turner Prize 2019

Sat 28 Sep 2019 – Sun 12 Jan 2020, Entry is Free

One of the best known prizes for visual arts in the world, Turner Prize 2019 is coming to Turner Contemporary. Every other year, the prize leaves Tate Britain and is presented at a venue outside London.

Four of the most exciting artists working right now are shortlisted to win the prize based on an outstanding exhibition that has taken place in the previous year.

The prize is renowned for triggering debates around new developments in contemporary British art. The work of the four artists will feature in the exhibition at Turner Contemporary and the winner will be announced at a major awards ceremony in December 2019.
The Turner Prize is named after J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) who was an innovative and controversial artist in his day, is now seen as one of the greatest British artists, and expressed a wish to establish a prize for young artists. Turner Contemporary is named after the artist for similar reasons; our work is inspired by Turner’s innovative and radical approach to art.

About Turner Contemporary

Turner Contemporary in Margate is one of the most distinctive galleries in the UK; its impact stretches beyond culture-led regeneration and the showcasing of world-class exhibitions, to pioneering change by making the arts more vital and connected to daily life.
Since opening in 2011, Turner Contemporary has:
• Generated over £70 million for the local economy
• Led to the opening of over 150 new businesses
• Safeguarded 155 jobs
• Attracted over 3.2 million visits

Turner Contemporary

• In copy please refer to Turner Contemporary and not ‘The Turner Contemporary’ or ‘The Turner’
• Summer opening times: Open every day in July and August, 10am – 6pm.
• Turner Prize 2019 opening times: Open every day, Mon – Fri, 11am-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. Admission to the gallery is free.
• Address: Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, CT9 1HG
• Information: + 44 (0) 1843 233000, turnercontemporary.org
• Turner Contemporary is a charity, receiving public funding from Kent County Council and Arts Council England.

 

 

 

 

Arts Council England
Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk

 

 


Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year (2016)

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year in Margate - Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner standing at the harbour arm

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year in Margate © Storyvault Films Limited

Production Company: Storyvault Films Limited

Kent Locations Used:  Scotney Castle, Margate 

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year is the annual competition searching for the nation’s best landscape painter. The artists compete for the chance to win the acclaimed title, win a £10,000 commission for the National Trust’s art collection and £500 of art materials from Cass Art.

The series is presented by Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner and the judges are award-winning artist Tai Shan Schierenberg, independent curator Kathleen Soriano and art historian Kate Bryan.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year at Scotney Castle - artist painting in the grounds

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year at Scotney Castle © Storyvault Films Limited

In June and July 2016, the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year production team visited Kent where they filmed the first heat at Scotney Castle. The semi-final in Margate at the Harbour Arm by the Turner Contemporary gallery. Filming in Margate was the first time the production had filmed on location at a non-National Trust property.

Scotney Castle is a National Trust property set in beautiful Tunbridge Wells countryside. The location boasts a spectacular country house, romantic garden and 14th century moated castle. Scotney Castle has previously welcomed filming from BBC drama Hunted (2012).

The seaside town of Margate has a sandy beach, arcades, Dreamland amusement park, shops and restaurants, a cutting edge creative scene plus the renowned Turner Contemporary gallery. Margate has been used as a film location by productions including  The Carer (2016), The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016) and Coast (2014).

Episode 4 of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year was filmed at Scotney Castle and will air on Tuesday November 1st 2016 at 20:00 on Sky Arts channel 121.

The semi-final was filmed in Margate and can be seen on Tuesday November 22nd 2016 at 20:00 on Sky Arts channel 121.

Turner Contemporary have an exhibition with the semi-finalists Margate paintings from 6 December 2016 – 8 January 2017, find out more here.

Links:

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For more information about the programme visit:  http://www.skyartsartistoftheyear.tv/

For more information about Scotney Castle visit:  http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scotney-castle/

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Fake or Fortune – Turner: A Miscarriage of Justice? (2012)

 

Fake Or Fortune L-R - Dr. Bendor Grosvenor, Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould

Fake Or Fortune L-R – Dr. Bendor Grosvenor, Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations: Margate, Turner Contemporary Art Gallery, Thanet

The second series of BBC’s Fake or Fortune returns with presenter and journalist Fiona Bruce joining art experts Philip Mould and Dr Bendor Grosvenor to explore the mysteries behind historical paintings to see if it was by a renowned artist, or a fake.

This episode focuses on three paintings left to the National Museum of Wales, which are believed to be by JMW Turner, but experts branded them fakes and deemed them unfit to be displayed at the gallery. Will Philip, Dr Bendor and Fiona be able to find clues and evidence to settle their authenticity once and for all?

The crew visited Margate and the Turner Contemporary Art Gallery to investigate the history of the mystery paintings. Turner had a strong connection with Margate and painted many landscapes there.

Margate is a popular seaside town in Thanet with a sandy beach, harbour, arcades, period housing, as well as the Turner Contemporary Art Gallery and amusement park, Dreamland. A wealth of productions have come to Margate, including Above Suspicion (2010), The Apprentice (2009) and Exodus (2007).

Fake or Fortune is on BBC One on Sunday 23rd September at 19:00.

Links:

For more information about filming in Kent email: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about Fake or Fortune visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01mxxzb

For more information about Margate visit:  http://www.visitkent.co.uk/explore/thedms.asp?dms=13&venue=3201198 

For more information about the Turner Contemporary visit: http://www.turnercontemporary.org/

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True Love (2012)

True Love cast L - R Adrian (DAVID MORRISEY), Nick (DAVID TENNANT), Holly (BILLIE PIPER), Paul (ASHLEY WALTERS), Sandra (JANE HORROCKS)

True Love cast L – R Adrian (DAVID MORRISEY), Nick (DAVID TENNANT), Holly (BILLIE PIPER), Paul (ASHLEY WALTERS), Sandra (JANE HORROCKS) © BBC and Working Title

Two lovers holding hands on a beach with the sun setting

True Love L – R Stella (JAMIE WINSTONE) and Paul (ASHLEY WALTERS) © BBC and Working Title

Writer/director: Dominic Savage

Starring: David Tenant, Billie Piper, David Morrissey, Joanne Froggatt, Kaya Scodelario, Lacey Turner, Jane Horrocks, Ashley Walters, Jaime Winstone, Vicky McClure

Production company: Working Title Television, BBC

Kent Locations: Thanet – Margate – Beach, promenade, High Street, train station, various hotels and bars, Thanet District Council Offices, Turner Contemporary, Westgate-On-Sea, Cliftonville, Pegwell Bay, Botany Bay, and Broadstairs

True Love has many familiar faces including David Tenant (Doctor Who) Billie Piper (Secret Diary of a Call Girl), Jane Horrocks (Absolutely Fabulous), Vicky McClure (This is England), Lacey Turner (Eastenders), Ashley Walters (Inside Men), Jamie Winstone (Kidulthood), and David Morrissey (The Other Boleyn Girl).

The series explores love in the modern day and the many different dilemmas and situations along the way. Each story has links with the previous, either through connecting story lines or character connections and all have plenty of drama, heartbreak passion and some surprising outcomes.

The five stories that take place during the week-long serial include a married man whose life is turned upside down due to the reappearance of his first love, a school teacher who is drawn to a female pupil, a married woman who takes revenge on her cheating husband by starting an affair, a father unable to connect with his baby and a divorcee on a desperate search for new love.

David Morrissey as Adrian at Margate train station

David Morrissey as Adrian at Margate train station © BBC and Working Title

In 2011, Kent welcomed the crew and stars of True Love. The production based it self in Margate, the director Savage’s home town, and used many Thanet locations including Margate Beach and promenade, Margate High Street, train station, various hotels and bars and even Thanet District Council Offices.  They also used the Turner Contemporary, as well as nearby Westgate-On-Sea, Cliftonville, Pegwell Bay, Botany Bay and Broadstairs.

Thanet has an astonishing 9 Blue Flag beaches and is a very popular filming location, due to its beautiful bustling seaside towns. It previously welcomed many TV and film productions, including Hancock and Joan (2008), Last Orders (2002) and a McDonald’s Happy Meal Commercial.

It is also home to the Turner Contemporary art gallery, adjacent to Margate harbour, which was built to contribute to the regeneration of the town and is fast becoming a highlight of the British visual arts scene. It also hosted the first public screening of the opening episode of True Love on 29th March 2012.

True Love will air every night on BBC One at 22.25pm from Sunday 17th – Thursday 21st June 2012.

Links:

For more information about filming in Kent email: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

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For more information about this programme visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01k692j

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Sky Arts at Turner Contemporary (2012)

Tim Marlow sitting on a chair

Tim Marlow © Sky

Production Company: Sky Arts

Kent locations used: Turner Contemporary, Margate

Sky Arts documentary Turner Contemporary looks at what the gallery offers and the effect it has on local businesses. The programme makers visit the opening of the “Turner and the Elements” exhibition showing 88 pieces  exploring wind, water, air and fire.

The documentary is hosted by Tim Marlow, who is known for his Channel 5 series Tim Marlow on…. and other art programmes. In addition to reviewing the art works, Tim looks at the impact the gallery has had on tourism for Margate.

The Turner Contemporary is an art gallery which offers exhibitions, events and various educational opportunities. Situated on Margate seafront, the brand new building was designed by award winning architect practice David Chipperfield Architects.  Light is an essence in the design, as well as extensive sea views.

Margate is a popular seaside town complete with a sandy beach, harbour, arcades, and period housing. The Old Town has become a buzzing place, with lots to offer including galleries, quirky shops and trendy cafes. Previous productions that have filmed in Margate include 2001 film Last Orders which starred Michael Caine, Helen Mirren and Ray Winstone as well as BBC drama True Love (2012).

Fans of art and Margate, make sure you don’t miss Sky Arts at Turner Contemporary on Sky Arts 2 on Monday 20th February 2012 at 20:50.

Links:

For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about Sky Arts programmes:  https://www.sky.com/watch/channel/sky-arts

For more information about The Turner Contemporary: http://www.turnercontemporary.org/

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