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The Open Air Drawing Room

Commissioned by Applause Rural Touring and Turner Contemporary, to celebrate Turner Prize 2019, The Open Air Drawing Room by Eric MacLennan celebrates the innovative techniques of JMW Turner and John Ruskin and will result in the creation of hundreds of small watercolours.

6 October 2019

6 October 2019 - 12 January 2020

Turner Contemporary Rendezvous, Margate, Kent CT9 1HG

Members of the public, at outdoor events across Kent, have been invited to make watercolours which will later come together into a unified and monumental painting.

This artwork will be displayed at Turner Contemporary from 6 Oct 2019 – 12 January 2020. Images of the artists’ hands will also be exhibited on the gallery terrace.

All participating artists (and a guest) are invited to attend the preview of the artwork at Turner Contemporary on Sunday 6th October from 1pm until 4pm.

Refreshments will be provided.

This project gratefully acknowledges support from Cass Art.

Thanks also to the Almeida Theatre and the London Bubble for rehearsal and workshop facilities.


There is still time to take part in this new participatory project:

21st December 2019 – Foyle Rooms

22nd December 2019 – Foyle Rooms

There will be three performances on both these days at 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm


To take part and to find out more please visit:

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