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Gallery Guide to Margate
A Coastal Haven for Art Enthusiasts
Love 29 Jun 2024

Margate, a vibrant seaside town on the southeastern coast of England, has transformed into a thriving hub for contemporary art and culture. With its picturesque beaches, historic charm, and burgeoning art scene, Margate offers an eclectic mix of galleries that cater to a wide range of artistic tastes. Here’s your guide to exploring the best galleries in Margate.

Turner Contemporary

At the heart of Margate’s art renaissance is the Turner Contemporary, an iconic gallery named after the renowned artist J.M.W. Turner, who was deeply inspired by Margate’s unique light and seascapes. The gallery, designed by award-winning architect David Chipperfield, features a dynamic program of contemporary art exhibitions and events. Its sleek, modern design contrasts beautifully with the coastal landscape, making it a must-visit for art lovers.

Carl Freedman Gallery

A significant player in Margate’s art scene, the Carl Freedman Gallery moved from London to Margate in 2019, bringing with it a reputation for innovative and challenging exhibitions. Housed in a former printworks, the gallery offers expansive spaces perfect for large-scale installations and multimedia works.

Liminal Gallery

Though the smallest bricks-and-mortar contemporary gallery in the UK, Liminal Gallery challenges the status quo, presenting the diverse and resonant voices of today’s artists from across the UK and Ireland. Historically, women and minorities have been wildly underrepresented in the art world, but Liminal Gallery stands as proof that change is happening. Despite its modest size, Liminal Gallery has quickly become a significant player in Margate’s art scene, showcasing powerful and thought-provoking exhibitions.

Well Projects

Well Projects, founded in 2019, is a contemporary art gallery and publisher based in Margate. This innovative space operates through programs of visual art exhibitions, events, and publications that explore the intersections of art and ecology. Well Projects also runs a publishing imprint, ExtraWell, which produces prints, artist books, and anthologies, extending the gallery’s influence beyond physical exhibitions.

Exploring Margate Beyond the Galleries

Not only is Margate home to a plethora of galleries, it is also home to the Tracey Emin Artist Residency, A learning experience based at @tkestudios.

And, while Margate’s art life and galleries are a significant draw, the town’s charm extends beyond its art spaces. Visitors can enjoy the scenic Margate Main Sands, explore the quirky shops and cafes in the Old Town, or take a stroll along the historic Margate Pier. The Dreamland amusement park offers a retro seaside funfair experience, while the Shell Grotto, with its mysterious shell-lined passages, adds an element of intrigue. And, not to forget the delicious seafood and quaint, colourful houses. Add it to your visit list!

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