On Friday 30 November Turner Contemporary is staying open late to start the festive celebrations in Margate with an evening of festive lights, carols and Christmas craft workshops.
Thanet residents, supporters and visitors are invited to gather in front of the gallery at 6.30pm for the switch on of the Christmas tree lights. Artist Maria Nepomuceno, whose Sunley Gallery commission is currently on show will be turning on the lights.
We’ll also be joined by cast members from the Theatre Royal’s pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk (showing at the theatre from 13 December), the Big Sing choir will lead a Christmas carol sing-a-long and Turner Contemporary Café will be serving mulled wine and mince pies.
The festive celebrations continue with a night of free Christmas craft workshops at the gallery led by local artist makers including Dawn Cole, Nick Morley, Zoe Murphy, Heidi and Emrys Plant, Maxine Sutton, and Clare Youngs – there is a range of activities where visitors can pick up tips for creating their own Christmas crafts/make their own gifts such as paper reindeers, paper cut architecture, origami decorations, beading and screen print decorations.
It’s also an excellent chance to enjoy the current exhibitions Alex Katz: Give Me Tomorrow, Alex Katz on Painting: Masterpieces from Tate and Maria Nepomuceno's Tempo para Respirar (Breathing Time). It's free admission to the gallery and exhibitions, plus all of the activities on the evening are free.
Turner Contemporary's shop will be open until 9pm and is offering a 10% discount on everything. Artist Maria Nepomuceno’s new publication launched on the same evening will also be discounted by 10% - for one night only.
Many Old Town shops will be open late to coincide with the late night opening at the gallery including Breuer & Dawson vintage clothes shop, Madam Popoff vintage shop, Beaux Interieurs gift shop, Punkaboo, Showtime Retro, Paraphernalia, Qing Art plus more.
Margate Visitor Information Centre will also be holding their own Christmas shopping evening from 5pm to 8pm.
Christmas Opening Dates
The gallery will be closed on
Monday 17 December
Christmas Eve (24 Dec)
Christmas Day (25 Dec)
Boxing Day (26 Dec)
New Year’s Eve (31 Dec)
We are open all other days over this period 10am – 6pm.
Family Christmas holiday activities
Easy Sunday family activities every Sunday 1-4pm. In addition, over the festive period we have family workshops on Friday 28 December and Tuesday 1 January to Friday 4 January 1- 4pm where you can create your own wish to add to our artist-made ‘Wishing Tree’.