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  • Vanley Burke, Untitled, from the series Day Out, 1974


Sat 22 Jun 2019

6-10pm Entry £5

Visit Turner Contemporary after hours and experience a one-off evening of film screenings, live music and creative workshops, alongside Seaside: Photographed

DJ-Producer BREESE takes over our Sunley Gallery

Enjoy a chilled Ibiza soundtrack brought to you by DJ-Producer BREESE.

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Films in the Foyles

Our Foyle Room’s will be transformed into a cinema, screening some incredible work filmed in Margate:

I MAMBO MARGATE by Round in Circles Productions

I MAMBO MARGATE is a community dance participation film celebrating dance in Margate, it stars 8 local groups including the RNLI, Quarterdeck young people, local dance groups and special guest performers. In total we worked with 128 local people from the ages 10 to 89 years old who all want to do it again. 

Our aim was to bring all the people living in Margate together to celebrate dance and pride in our town.


Taking the Waters by Kathryn Ferguson and Anna Hart

Not all walls are barriers.

When Walpole Bay Tidal Pool was built in 1937, Margate was one of the grandest resort towns in England. 

By the late 1970s, package tourism had caused an economic slump, the pool was falling into disrepair, and the town was characterised by rising unemployment and socio-economic issues.

But today, 80 years on, Margate's demographic has again changed dramatically, and so has the way this vast sea pool is used and enjoyed.

In this short, meditative film, filmmaker Kathryn Ferguson and writer Anna Hart explore the magical healing nature of the sea and the value of a true community pool in turbulent times.

The film features original music by electronic duo Lung Dart, in collaboration with PRAH Recordings, a Margate-based label.

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Meet the artists in Seaside: Photographed

Meet the photographer’s featured in our summer exhibition in an exclusive book signing in our Sunley Gallery.

Pre-order your book with your ticket and get your entry to our Late Night Live for free.

Book Signing Schedule

7pm – 7:15pm | Danielle Peck – Dreamland 
Dreamland is set in Margate, a seaside resort town in South-East England that has seen great highs and lows. The series covers themes of regeneration and nostalgia. The hotels, boarding houses and schools have been converted into bedsits with a cacophony of doorbells in varying states of disrepair - the images have been matched with the original text of classified ads declaring the buildings' former lives as thriving businesses.

7:15pm - 7:30pm | Vinca Petersen - Future Fantasy - Second Edition
Future Fantasy uses the archive of Vinca Petersen spanning the 1990s to tell the story of an adolescent growing up in a world of contradictions. The book features unseen work by Corinne Day, a close friend of Vinca’s, along with archive material including flyers, letters and other ephemera. Future Fantasy is reprinted for a second edition of 1150. It is printed on a variety of papers and with special inks, and has inserts, a poster and a screen printed cover.

7:30pm - 7:45pm | Rob Ball -  FUNLAND
From Blackpool to Brighton, and Barry Island to Brightlingsea, these richly-detailed photographs capture the candyfloss colours and faded nostalgia of a seaside culture that is peculiarly (yet wonderfully) British.

Have your photo taken by, Grace Lau, one of the photographers featured in Seaside: Photographed

Celebrated photographer Grace Lau will be bringing her Chinese Studio to Turner Contemporary. You are invited to pose for a portrait, alone or with family and friends, in a temporary photographic studio directed by Grace Lau. All sitters will receive a digital print of their portrait following the session. 
Please note: Grace Lau: Portrait Studio tickets must be purchased seperately
Buy a ticket to the Portrait Studio during Late Night Live (between 6pm - 10pm on Saturday 22nd) and receive free entry to the whole event.

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Other Happenings

Get creative with friends and family by taking part in a unique cyanotypes workshop, where you’ll be able to create a work of art exposing light onto photographic paper!  
Optional workshop included in your ticket. 

BBQ on the Terrace

Take a moment to enjoy Margate’s glorious sunset on our terrace with locally-sourced food cooked on the BBQ.
8oz 100% Beef burger in a brioche bun with salad  -  £7.00
Lamb meat balls, yoghurt and mint dressing, pitta bread  -  £6.50
Mixed bean and harissa burger in a brioche bun with chipotle mayo and spinach  -  £6.50
Kentish Sausage with caramelised onions  -  £5.50
Gadd’s no.5 ale for £3.00 when bought with a BBQ main
Sides  - all £2.50
Corn on the cob with paprika butter | House slaw | Potato salad

If you have any access requirements or queries, call 01843 233 000 or email

Image Credit: Vanley Burke, Untitled, from the series Day Out, 1974