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Turner Contemporary
Ranked #3 of 53 things to do in Margate
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 8 July 2014

Turner attracts people to Margate.The facilities of the Old Town have developed over the past two years and the media hails its success.But what do we locals think of contemporary art.The Kiss and the Turners are appreciated .The view out to see with the changing features of the ebbs and flows of the tides daily are fascinating especially with the mirror images.The cafe serves good food from local sources.Closed on Mondays.Difficulty in parking but scrumptious fresh shell fish nearby from Mannings and iced cream from the van are excellent.And if you want to find an ambulance or police car there is normally one nearby
The weather is bracing and there is breeze on a hot day with lovely views of the town from the Harbour Arm.If you are there at 1:00pm any day look out for the wonderful renovated clock ball working on the Jubilee Clock..Accesses are good.Lofts are fine and the shop has some useful cards,photos,prints,posters and gifts at reasonable prices.

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Reviewed 8 July 2014

The Turner Contemporary is well situated by the Harbour Arm, almost on the beach. A beautiful and modern design that is well suited to displaying the various art works on offer indside. Entry was free, but there are many places to donate towards the costs of this attraction. We were more than happy to put some money in upon completion of our visit. We were particularly lucky to see the Mondrian exhibition when we were there. A great addition to Margate's attractions

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Reviewed 5 July 2014

...so keep heading in that direction and you may find the gallery. We came up from the south and did not see a single sign for it, even when within less than half a mile of it. Maybe the assumption is that everyone has up-to-date satnav or comes by train, but the message is that if you don't know where it is, don't bother coming.

And as for parking! There are some spaces (in full sun on a good day) on the harbour side - tend left after turning off the road that passes the site - but signing to other car parks within walking distance is seriously inadequate. We found Trinity Square (to the right at the top of the rise after passing the gallery) and walked from there, soon discovering that there is only one right footpath down - leave the road too soon and you have to cross the grass to get to it.

Once inside, it is all design and to hell with practicality. The tasteful but miniscule paper towel box in the ladies is a typical detail, but perhaps the gallery's highest ambition is to attract only as many visitors as would empty it in a day, rather than as many as would require it to refilled twice or three times to meet demand.

No doubt there is a lift somewhere, but everyone seems to be expected to go up and down the fairly steep and not particularly wide stairs to the main exhibition floor. At least from that level the vast window on to the see is not obstructed by the waste-of-space installation that obscures it at entry level, but the heavy framing wrecks what should be one of the best features of the building - something finer, aping the lines on a sketch for enlargement, would have worked much better.

We went to see the Mondrian exhibition, which was worth seeing while in the area. To see the progressive change of vision from a personal take on typical art of the 1890s to the abstraction of his later years was fascinating and instructive, whatever the outcome for subsequent fashions in art. The rest of the building was fairly busy (we were entertained to see how many students could only take in some exhibits by lying on the floor).

So far, so art gallery. What about Margate and the gallery's impact on Margate? The staff seemed to be either recent graduates who did not sound local or volunteers of a certain age. Maybe it has generated some direct employment, e.g. in the café kitchen, but there was little sign of any knock-on benefit to the immediate area. We didn't find any alternative to the gallery café other than the usual run of chippies, burger bars and takeaways, either on the seafront or in the adjacent town. But there was plenty of evidence of the need for a real push to regenerate the town. At the moment, there is no sign that Turner Contemporary is delivering on this.

1  Thank doublehlondon
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

We love it here. We saw the Mondrian exhibit, really worth a trip if you like his work. The gallery has a contemporary design which is not for everyone, but I like it. It really has the feeling of space and light, and there are always some pieces by Turner on show. Interesting shop downstairs too, but the cafe is pricey. For free, you cannot complain. Well worth an hour or 2 of your time.

1  Thank SLdnMixedCpl
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

Went to have a look as we were walking past, found it a very miserable place and actually felt quite claustrophobic inside and wanted to get out, that said I do not understand or appreciate art so its not for me, just glad I don't work there.

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