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Final Turner Prize weekend in Margate with special events

The eyes of the art world have been focused on Margate since the world famous Turner Prize exhibition came to town.

The exhibition, featuring the work of four shortlisted artists - who were announced as joint winners in December - went on show in September.

Oscar Murillo's Turner Prize exhibition
Oscar Murillo's Turner Prize exhibition

The chance to see world famous art has attracted thousands to Turner Contemporary - and there's just one more week to see them.

Gallery managers are staging a special programme of activities and performances on Saturday, January 11 and Sunday, January 12, for the final weekend.

On Saturday, January 11 at noon, Oscar Murillo will present readings from the 1933 novela Parque Industrial by Patrícia Galvão, a Brazilian Modernist writer and dissident under the Vargas dictatorship.

Also on Saturday at 2pm, Helen Cammock will give two solo, spoken word and sung performances, that expand on themes in her Long Note exhibition and in her practise widely.

The four Turner Prize winners
The four Turner Prize winners

At 3.30pm, Lawrence Abu Hamdan will stage a screening and listening session when visitors can see and hear two works that give more context to his exhibition.

Running at the same time is the Margate Now Festival, which has seen more art exhibitions, writing events and photographic displays staged across the town during the same period.

They have included residencies for poets in small venues dotted around the town, and, as part of the festival, artist Alex Chinneck's Alphabetti Spaghetti eye-catching twisted postbox has been in situ in All Saints Avenue.

Courtney Paige next to the Alphabetti Spaghetti postbox in Margate Picture: Alan Langley
Courtney Paige next to the Alphabetti Spaghetti postbox in Margate Picture: Alan Langley

It will stay slightly longer than the festival, until Sunday, January 26.

It is free to enter Turner Contemporary in Margate and it is open from 11am to 6pm and 10am to 6pm at the weekend. Find out more at turnercontemporary.org

To find out more about the Margate Now Festival click here.

To find out what’s going on in the county and for all the latest entertainment news click here.

The red twisted postbox by Alphabetti Spaghetti in All Saints Avenue, Margate Picture: Alan Langley
The red twisted postbox by Alphabetti Spaghetti in All Saints Avenue, Margate Picture: Alan Langley

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