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She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea

My reason for visiting Margate was to see the Tracey Emin exhibition, at the Turner Contemporary. It is located on the sea-front next to the visitor and information centre. The building itself would look more at home in an urban setting, but here it is jutting off the harbour wall like a huge modern art mollusc.

Tracey used to live in Margate and is famous for her unmade bed. But this exhibition focuses on her recent work and although not erotic it certainly contains a lot of nude drawings, mostly of Tracey herself. The media she works in includes watercolours, sculptures, drawings, photographs, tapestries and embroidery.

The exhibition is free but for a small charge there is an audio guide to the exhibition with short commentaries by Tracey.

What else?

Opposite the Turner Contemporary is a small area of interesting shops, artists studios, bars and restaurants. Well worth a half days visit.

I walked from the railway station to the Turner Contemporary and found most of the town looking abandoned, with many shops boarded up. All the trappings of Margate as a seaside holiday spot are missing except the lovely beaches of course.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Gaining in reputation as an artisans area
  • Cons:Abandoned shops and arcades are depressing
  • In a nutshell:Worth a day trip to the seaside or to the artists areas
  • Last visit to Margate: Aug 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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