Turner Contemporary Capital Scheme - Update

Turner Contemporary will be closed for capital works from Monday 7 September 2020 and will not re-open before the end of January 2021.

As you may be aware, the closure will facilitate a series of capital enhancements, as well as essential maintenance work, to the existing building. Following a period of scoping, research and consultation with industry experts and our visitors, Turner Contemporary is working with Kent County Council and Arts Council England. Kent County Council and Arts Council England are funding the works.

This follows almost 10 successful years of operation, in which Turner Contemporary has attracted 3.5million visits, established an international reputation for artistic and learning excellence and been a catalyst for the social and economic regeneration of Margate and East Kent. Recently, the gallery brought Turner Prize 2019 to Kent, and saw significantly increased visits during the autumn season.

These works will enable the gallery to build on its success, increase its financial resilience and provide a better experience for the thousands of visitors that Turner Contemporary welcomes each year. In the context of significant financial challenges for small-scale arts charities, the works will include; increased environmental sustainability, enhanced digital infrastructure, improved facilities for visitors as well as plans that maximise opportunities to generate vital income.

The reach of Turner Contemporary has always extended beyond the building. There will be significant artworks in place by this point, which have been commissioned by Turner Contemporary in partnership with other leading cultural organisations. This includes Conrad Shawcross’s work as part of Pioneering Places in Ramsgate and Michael Rakowitz’s work as part of England’s Creative Coast in Margate, along with 6 other new commissions stretching along the South East Coast. Antony Gormley’s Another Time, is also scheduled to remain in Margate until November 2020. Our commission of Tracey Emin’s ‘I never stopped loving you’ neon which features on Droit House will remain in place. These projects are designed to expand and strengthen the visitor offer further.

We are working with KCC to minimise the disruption to the organisation, our audiences and the wider area. The capital works are designed to pave the way towards long term sustainability and enable the organisation to thrive so that it can continue to drive economic and social benefit for the town. 2021 marks our 10th Anniversary Year and we are planning an ambitious year of celebration. More details of this will be announced shortly.