I was visiting Whitstable for the weekend and we decided to make a trip to the Turner Gallery. We were glad it opened till 6pm which was handy if you are doing something else too. It was really cold because of the wind and sleet so it was great that the Turner Contemporary was about 15 minutes walk away, somewhere warm! I think Margate needs more indoor attractions. However, when you are visiting Margate in the winter it is important to wear lots of warm things, the wind is really strong but that is part of the fun of travelling there.
We arrived there by train so didn't have all the parking hassle and we enjoyed the scenic train trip by chatting and reading, rather than having a boring journey on the motorway with the dreary Road Chefs.
I liked the entrance with the Kiss and the sea in the background, although it would have been nice to have some seats around the area.
It was a vast Reception and shop area, but I think there could have been more use of t,he space for more paintings, there was so much white space.
The children's area was poor, again full of white space, and unimaginative. It was pretty empty.
It would have been nice for all rooms by the sea to have a 'sea view' as you felt 'you could be anywhere and not by the sea'.
What I think would have been good is if there was more variety in the Gallery, as not everyone is intertested in Contemporary art, perhaps more of a mixed Gallery. I think that more locals from Margate and Kent would be able to take part.
I was interested in one of reviews saying that some of the building was getting cracked already. I wonder how the Gallery will cope in bad weather.
On the whole I did enjoy it, though it needs a bit of tweeking. I definitely think it is an asset mainly as it is indoor and attracts people from all round the country. The fact that exhibitions would change regularly is really important so this encourages people to go back.
I would like to see more local links and perhaps more enviromental paintings (after all it is near the sea so something with a marine or weather link would be good and relavant to the area it is sited in). I would also like to see textile contemporary art in the future, this will encourage more women to see it.
The shop sold some recycled items which was good and handmade art but not sure if they sold local goods. I think there should be more postcards on sale as the shop was quite expensive. They did have some graphic comics which was good. It was free that was brilliant too, so we can't be too hard.
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