April 2021 marked a decade of Turner Contemporary, which opened on Margate’s seafront in 2011 and has gone on to build a reputation as one of the UK’s leading art galleries. Turner Contemporary celebrated its ten year anniversary with a panel event, hosted by Turner Contemporary founding chair John Kampfner. Kampfner was joined by artist John Akomfrah, Tate director Maria Balshaw and Lourve-Lens director Marie Lavandier, who together had a wide-ranging discussion exploring ten years of Turner Contemporary, national and international trends and developments and priorities for the future.

Following the event, we announced an exciting year-long programme led by internationally renowned artists and local talent. The programme includes work by Yinka Ilori, Barbara Walker, Ellen Harvey and Steve McQueen, plus the Turner Contemporary Open 2021, a major open exhibition celebrating the creativity of the artistic community in Margate and across Kent.


Since its opening, Turner Contemporary has welcomed almost 3.6 million visits, put £70 million back into the Kent economy and realised its ambition to be a truly international organisation that connects arts, people and place in Margate. Turner Contemporary is looking forward to reopening its doors to welcome visitors back with an exhibition by Ellen Harvey paired with Turner Contemporary’s namesake, JMW Turner. The reopening date will be announced in the coming days.