Published: 14:44, 09 October 2019
| Updated: 12:45, 22 October 2019
Margate is joyous in the midst of an ongoing art, events and performance festival to celebrate Turner Prize 2019 coming to Turner Contemporary.
Margate NOW is an ambitious and dynamic festival with the programme - which got underway in late September - set to run until January 12 next year.
Having already established its reputation as a rejuvenated town of the arts, celebrations to mark the Turner Prize in Margate are already in full swing with events curated by actor and avid art collector Russell Tovey.
And this year’s festivities are set to be bigger and better than ever before!
Over 500 artists and performers are producing 60 events over the course of the festival, responding to the theme ‘NOW’.
“I’ve always had a close relationship with art and began collecting art in my mid 20s whilst acting in The History Boys,” said Tovey.
“Initially, I was excited by the buzz of investing in art and buying something that would outlive me.
“As my collection has grown my interest has developed into supporting emerging and mid-career artists as well as becoming a patron for a number of not-for-profit public art institutions.”
Art works, music, dance, exhibitions, installations, performances are taking over galleries and theatres as well as shops and other unexpected places – inviting visitors to see the seaside town in a new light.
The actor - who has appeared in the BBC's Being Human, Him & Her and Sherlock - added: “Art can be powerful and engaging and I am looking forward to seeing the town brought to life in unusual, surprising and entertaining ways.
“I’ve really enjoyed helping to curate and select artists for the festival. It’s great to be able to support and encourage the creation of new art and new ideas.”
Some of those ideas and creations include:
The winner of the Turner Prize 2019 - one of the best known prizes for visual arts in the world - will soon be unveiled at Turner Contemporary.
Four of the most exciting artists today are shortlisted to win the prize and their work can be seen on display at the gallery.
This year’s finalists include Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani.
The awards ceremony will take place in December with the exhibition having opened in late September.
Every other year the prize is hosted at a different venue outside of London.
Since opening its doors in 2011, the gallery has generated over £70 million for the local economy, led to the opening of over 150 new businesses and attracted over 3.4 million visits.
The prize and the Margate gallery are both named after English painter JMW Turner - who was said to be both controversial and innovative for his time during the 18th and 19th centuries and wanted to establish a prize for young artists.
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