Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Turner Contemporary announces 2013 spring events programme

Press release
Turner Contemporary announces 2013 spring events programme 

After an exciting programme of exhibitions and events in 2012 that has generated over 440,000 visits, Turner Contemporary is delighted to announce highlights from its 2013 spring events programme.

Alongside the opening of Carl Andre: Mass & Matter; Rosa Barba: Subject to Constant Change and Turner’s Perspective: Selected by Rosa Barba, Turner Contemporary opens its spring programme calendar on the 2 February with a weekend of celebrations, including free Youth Navigator exhibition tours and Raw Material live performance event with artists including Dan Coopey and Laura Buckley, plus Zoe Laughlin returns with the Institute of Making’s Materials Library.

Opening Weekend Celebrations
Sat 2  and 3 Feb 2013, free
Weekend highlights include Raw Material live event; Slide Show Family Workshop and Youth Navigator Tours.
Tea + Talk: History of Sea Forts
Thu 7 Feb 2013, £6/£5 concessions
Local historian Frank Turner reveals the mystery of the haunting WWII defence forts that lie out to sea along the East Kent coast, featured in Rosa Barba’s film Subconscious Society. Free cup of tea with every ticket.
Family workshops: Materials
Sun 10, 24 Feb 2013, drop in
Feel, explore, play and build with different materials, inspired by Carl Andre, Supported by WWMartin.
Rosa Barba in Conversation
Wed 13 Feb, 6pm, £6/£5
A unique chance to hear Rosa Barba talk about her new exhibition and installation Subconscious Society, with Lynne Cooke and Andrew Mellon Professor at the National Gallery of Art Washington.
Family workshops: Hand Paint Film
Wed 20 & Thu 21 Feb (half term), 1 - 4pm, drop in
Help artist Chris Daniels to create Unravel – Britain’s longest hand-painted film.
Talk + Tea: The Dreamland Trust presents… Under the Pier Show with Tim Hunkin
Thu 21 Feb, 3pm, £6 / £5 concessions
Engineer, cartoonist, writer and artist Tim Hunkin talks about the history of the amusement arcade. Free cup of tea with every ticket. This event is part of Game Expo East Kent (GEEK) 2013, Thursday 21 – Wednesday 24 February (half term).
To hand
Fri 22 – Sun 24 Feb, 12 – 4pm, free
Siobhan Davies Dance and dance artist Matthias Sperling present To hand.
Where Carl Andre invites you to move around objects, here you are invited to follow the performer’s precarious movement across the space balancing on a set of everyday objects.
Carl Andre: Mass & Matter Panel discussion
Wed 6 March, 7pm, £6/£5 concessions
Tate Liverpool’s Head of Exhibitions & Displays Gavin Delahunty and lecturer Dr Alaistair Rider discuss the context in which Carl Andre’s practice emerged and its influence. Chaired by Senior Lecturer in History & Philosophy of Art Dr Grant Pooke.
Words to be Spoken Aloud
Fri 8 March – Sun 10 March, free
A weekend festival of text-inspired performance, exhibition and workshops. Artists including Fiona Banner and Sue Tompkins, Margate Writer’s Squad and sculpture students from the Royal College of Art come together to transform ‘found’ text into art.
Turner’s Perspective spotlight tour
Thu 21 March, 3pm, free
Humphrey Ocean, current Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy, sheds new light on Turner’s perspective drawings, which the artist made to accompany his lectures in the mid-19th century.
Turner on Perspective
Sat 13 April, 7:30pm, price £10 / £8 concessions
Turner’s lectures were famous for being at once fascinating and extremely difficult to follow. See for yourself in Maurice Davies’ dramatization with special guests including art critic Alastair Sooke (The Daily Telegraph).
Annual Turner Lecture and Dinner with Richard Cork
Thur 25 April, 6pm, advanced booking £85 per person (full price £100), table of 8, £600 (full price table £700)
Award winning art critic, historian, broadcaster and curator Richard Cork is our special guest at this year’s Turner Lecture Dinner. The evening raises vital funds for our future exhibitions, learning and community outreach programmes.
Free exhibition tours
Every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday, 11 – 11:30am

Youth Navigator tours
Sat 2 Feb, 10:30 – 12:30pm, free

Free exhibition activities
Perspective Windows (is this all time – subject to availability they are self-led activities)
Tue - Sunday, 10am – 6pm, drop in
Clore Learning Studio (subject to availability)

Family workshops
Every Sunday, and Wednesday and Thursdays during school holidays, £3 per child/free for adults, under 3s and families living in CT9
Full event information can be found on our website at turnercontemporary,org/whatson

Full event information can be found on our website at

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