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  • Image by Oliver Soulas. Copyright: Greenpeace

    Image by Oliver Soulas. Copyright: Greenpeace

Today, Turner Contemporary launched their first online fundraising campaign via Art Happens, Art Fund’s crowdfunding platform.  

The gallery are asking donors to be at the heart of an exciting new project: to raise £15,000 and enable them to bring a life sized polar bear puppet, ‘Paula the Polar Bear’, to Margate sands this summer. The project will get thousands of people talking about climate change as part of their summer exhibition, Animals & Us. If the money is raised, ‘Paula the Polar Bear’ will roam through the town and across the beach throughout the summer season. Learn more here.

The Art Happens campaign will last for 4 weeks and the project will only be realised if the gallery is successful in raising £15,000. Donations can be made from as little as £5 and there are a number of enticing rewards on offer in return for your support. Turner Contemporary has worked with Margate based artist, Sprankenstein to create a limited edition canvas bag and an exclusive print. Other rewards include:

  • A curator led tour of their summer exhibition, Animals & Us
  • A unique set of postcards
  • A puppeteering workshop
  • An afterhours tour of the exhibition, Animals & Us for you and a group of friends followed by a drinks reception

Make a donation here.

Because of the loss of their sea ice habitat resulting from climate change, polar bears are listed as a threatened species. Paula the Polar Bear has already travelled to Washington DC, Finland and Auckland to raise awareness of environmental issues. She is on loan from Greenpeace UK

With Margate's beach as the backdrop, Paula the Polar Bear will provide incredible photo opportunities, surprise visitors to Margate and encourage thought provoking conversations about how humans can better co-exist with animals. Professional puppeteers will train local performers to work with Paula throughout the summer, creating new opportunities and employment. Turner Contemporary navigators will accompany Paula, breaking the ice with conversation starters about climate change. It will be the first - and possibly last! - time that a Polar Bear has been seen in Margate.

About Animals & Us

Animals & Us (25 May - 30 September 2018) is a major exhibition exploring artists' reflections on the relationship between humans and other animals. At a time when scientists are warning that humans may be causing the 6th mass extinction on earth, there has been a growth of interest across numerous disciplines in human-animal studies, including amongst contemporary artists. This exhibition is inspired by artists' imaginative, provocative and diverse explorations into our relationships with animals. How do we see other animals and how do we imagine they see us? How do we see ourselves in relation to and as animals, and how have these human-animal relations been reflected in art? Learn more about the exhibition here:

About Art Happens and Art Fund

Art Fund has supported museums and galleries for over 110 years. One of their flagship projects is the Art Happens scheme, which is the only crowdfunding platform for UK museums and gallery projects and is completely free of charge to use. Through their Art Happens campaigns, they have raised over £500,000 for projects across the country, ranging from new exhibitions to conservation projects and art commissions. Previous campaigns have been launched by the Museum of London, Leeds Art Gallery, Charleston and The Jerwood Gallery.

Posted by: Turner Contemporary on Mon 16 Apr 2018