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First Turner Contemporary Open for 10 years opens in Margate with art by Tracey Emin and local artists


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This week is the first chance to see artworks from internationally-recognised artists alongside amateur ones, at the Turner Contemporary’s first Open exhibition for a decade.

All works were judged the same for the Margate gallery's Open, with all 4,200 works submitted by more than 1,000 artists who had either lived, worked or studied in the county, judged anonymously.

Beth Roo Williams' work selected for the Turner Contemporary Open
Beth Roo Williams' work selected for the Turner Contemporary Open

Of those, they were whittled down to around 450, which have now gone on show using mediums from sculpture, painting and ceramics to film and photography.

The Open spans all the venue’s first floor galleries and includes work by well known artists such as Tracey Emin, Rose Wylie and Margo Selby, alongside up-and-coming artists such as Matilda Sutton, Joshua Atkins and Lisa Wright.

Felicity Gill's Cornet was selected by the Turner Contemporary Access Group
Felicity Gill's Cornet was selected by the Turner Contemporary Access Group

The first Open was held in 2009/10 in the Turner Contemporary Project Space, a former M&S store on Margate High Street.

This year’s event is part of celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of the gallery and it will run until Sunday, February 20, 2022.

It is free to enter - though donations are welcomed - but you will need to book a timed slot to visit online in advance here.

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