Margate NOW Festival
Margate NOW is an ambitious and dynamic festival of art, events and performances, running alongside the Turner Prize 2019.
Margate NOW is a bold programme of art, performance, and creativity in unusual spaces across Margate involving over 500 artists. This year’s programme is guest curated by Russell Tovey.
Interact with unique artworks, immerse yourself in one-off performances, discover artists’ studios, get creative and explore the town in a new light. Margate NOW is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
See the full programme on the Margate Festival website.
Some of the things you can see
60 Events over 100 days produced by 500 artists and performers
A fantastical sequence of daytime and evening projections produced by award-winning theatre company 1927 in collaboration with every Year 5 pupil in Margate. These will be shown in different locations throughout the town in December.
‘Printed Whispers’, a major new public design commission by Yemi Awosile in collaboration with Open School East, the Margate-based space for artistic and collaborative learning that offers free programmes to emerging artists and the public. An alumni of the school, Awosile has connected with over 150 members of the local community to create a design combining hand crafted, experimental and digital embroidery techniques with a collection of large-scale, colourful fabrics and surface designs.
A new interactive commission on Turner Contemporary’s terrace from Yuri Suzuki uses artificial intelligence to bring together digital sound and sculpture. In collaboration with Kent Libraries, Turner Contemporary has worked with participants across Kent to contribute to the commission.
Art works, music, dance, exhibitions, installations, performances will take over galleries and theatres as well as shops and other unexpected places – inviting visitors to see the town in a new light. Visit artist studios across the town, including Resort, Crate and Limbo where there will be new work and exhibitions on show.
Specially programmed events from Dreamland including NOWland supporting four independent local producers working with music, performance and art to support the night time economy
A new creative installation by Studio TAC at Margate Train Station delivered in partnership with Southeastern Railway. Turner Contemporary will also be working with new volunteers under a programme supported with funding from the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust. Volunteers will greet visitors and act as guides to events and happenings across the town.
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.
Russell Tovey – Guest Curator
Margate NOW has been developed by Turner Contemporary, Margate Festival, Open School East, 1927, Resort, Crate, Limbo, Dreamland Margate, Kent County Council and Kent Libraries, Thanet District Council and locally based artists. It is supported by Arts Council England through National Lottery funding, as well as contributions from Kent County Council, Thanet District Council and Dreamland Margate. Turner Prize 2019 is organised in collaboration with Tate.
Artists, Collectives and Companies:
1927 | Adam Carr & Jan Noble | Alex Chinneck | Anna Symes, Round in Circles | Anne Ryan & Andrew Child | Anthony Giles | Appletye | Art Car Boot Fair | Arts Education Exchange | Arts Emergency | Ash Mukherjee Dance Company | Bob Chicalors | Charlie Evaristo-Boyce | Coney | Connor Sansby | Dan Bass | Dan Scott | Dawn Cole, Dan Thompson, Tracey Thompson, Graham Ward | 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 | Kavel Rafferty | Laura Durward & Emily Wood | Lee Cavaliere | Leigh Clarke | Liam O’Driscoll I Liene Steinberga Cesar | Looping the Loop | Lucy Lyons | Lunatraktors | Matt Mapleston | Maxine Sutton | Mel Cole | Open School East Associates 2019 | Power Monkey Sound Systems | Profanity Embroidery Group | RL-a | Roy Eastland | Ruth Fox | Sadie Hennessy | Sara Trillo | SLiDE Collective | Steve McPherson | studio TAC | Teresa Limbrick | Tom Verity, Melanie Wheeler I Transit Collective | Turner Contemporaries | Ty Locke | UK Arts International | Waste Free Fashion Collective | Well Projects | Yemi Awosile | Yuri Suzuki | Zoe Murphy
Bon Volks | Carl Freedman Gallery | CRATE | Dreamland, Margate | Gordon House | Joseph Wales | Kill Me Now | Liddicoat & Goldhill Project Space | Limbo | Lombard Street Gallery | Lovelys | Margate Station | Marine Studios | Margate WI | Northdown Studios | Olby’s | Pie Factory Margate | Pump House Yard | RESORT | Theatre Royal Margate | Tom Thumb Theatre | Turner Contemporary | Windmill Community Gardens