Show image caption 'Unquiet', Lunatraktors. Image courtesy of the artist.
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First Friday Margate

Join us after hours for 'First Friday', and discover live performance artworks selected for The Turner Contemporary Open.

Friday 4 February 2022, 6

Friday 4 February 2022, 6-8pm

Turner Contemporary Rendezvous, Margate, Kent CT9 1HG

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Friday 4 February 2022 – 6-8pm

 Join us after hours for ‘First Friday’, and discover some of the live performance artworks selected for The Turner Contemporary Open. Between 6 and 8pm, watch as the gallery comes alive, with performances from artists:

The evening will include performances by artists;

  • Mr Blanche Dubois (Antonio Blanco)
  • Stella Kajombo
  • Lunatraktors
  • Claire Orme
  • Squidwin Triumph

All performances are family-friendly.

About First Friday Margate

Founded by Marine Studios in 2010, First Friday Margate is a free event showcasing the town’s creative community. It also includes local, independent shops and cafes with many places staying open a little later and some putting on extra events. It’s organised by The Bus Cafe, Old Town shop Little Bit, Dan Thompson Studio and Marine Studios.

It takes place on the first Friday of each month.

Free entry.

To help us protect visitors and staff we are asking all visitors to wear a face covering. Masks can be provided.

Past Events

Friday 3 December 2021

Our resident choir Thanet Big Sing Community Choir will be performing Christmas classics as part of this Christmas Market Preview Night, along with our very own Barletta bar serving mulled cider and Christmas cocktails. Barletta’s restaurant will also be open for bookings.

As well as this, audio and visual artwork installation MargatePLUR by Shaun PRICKIMAGE will be laser projected on the facade of the gallery building.

MargatePLUR is a light & audio installation that was on Margate seafront where Shaun PRICKIMAGE (The Open 2021 artist) re-envisioned the old Primark building with the words ‘PEACE LOVE UNITY RESPECT’.

This laser reinterpretation, which will be projected on the facade of Turner Contemporary, captures that feeling and shares it with a new audience. To the artist, the iconic words feel natural to present using lasers, as a key element of local early 90’s raves. It was these lasers that give inspiration for the installation.

In collaboration with sound artist Hannah Holland and The Margate School, they released an audio mixtape in Jan 2021 featuring a diverse mix of mostly Margate residents. A homage to rave culture, selected samples from a pool of over 150 contributions with children and adults saying “peace love unity respect” in approximately 15 languages, including Finnish, Catalan, Polish and German.

Friday 5 November 2021

A new multi-sensory stage work in which poet–performer Caroline Bergvall takes an immersive journey into language, refuge and the night. Taking place at Turner Contemporary on Friday 5 November from 6pm-7pm.

Created and performed by Bergvall, with unique contributions from composer Gavin Bryars, soprano Peyee Chen, sound designer Jamie Hamilton, and film-maker Andrew Delaney, the work fuses words and music, poetry and performance, songwork and electronic projections into a singular, dreamlike and mesmerising whole.

‘Nattsong’ is the final stand-alone part of Bergvall’s ‘Sonic Atlas’ trilogy around languages and poetries in movement and migration, that began with ‘Ragadawn’ (2016), continued with ‘Conference of the Birds’ (2018), and now closes with this rich nocturnal call overlooking the sea.

This work is part of Estuary 2021 and is supported by Arts Council England, Rivers Institute, and Prototype Press. 

Estuary 2021 has been curated by Cement Fields (North Kent) and Metal Southend (South Essex).

Friday 1 October 2021

Join People Dem Collective at Turner Contemporary on 1st October for workshops celebrating Black History Month as part of a collaboration across Kent with Cohesion Plus and North Kent Caribbean Network.

As part of First Friday Margate, the event will launch People Dem Collective’s Margate to Minneapolis – ‘Come Stand With Us’ legacy project. In collaboration with local artist Kate Harrison you are invited to a miniature model-making session.  Be the first to add a ‘mini you’ and stand in solidarity,  as part of this collaborative installation which will replicate the scenes from the Margate to Minneapolis march.

Of course, People Dem Collective will also be bringing you flavour and spice! Expect an exciting kitchen takeover with some musical surprises!


About People Dem Collective

People Dem Collective was founded by members of the Black, Brown and Diaspora communities. The collective was born out of a lived experience of lack of space, engagement and inclusion for these communities and a desire to encourage healing and transformation.

Friday 3 September 2021

The new anthology SOS Surviving Suicide contains contributions from poets across the globe.

First Friday September will play host to a selection of these poets, who will present their poems live – both in person and via Zoom.

Editor Dean Stalham will talk about his own journey and motivation for the collection, and about how important it is in these times to think about mental health.

Featuring a talk and readings on surviving suicide.


Friday 6 August 2021

State of the Art’ is a three-hour-long arts festival, created by Dan Thompson Studio. That’s three hours of things to make, do, and play – which might inspire you to change the world!

Artists already confirmed include: Charlie Tolfree, Bernadette Russell, Rebecca Strickson, Lunatraktors, Melanie King and Dan Thompson. There will be a chance to make a Solargraph camera from a tin can, print a letterpress poster, take part in a banner-making workshop*, and play Bernadette Russell’s Hoopla of Kindness.

*There are limited places. Please book via Rebecca Strickson Illustration.