Russell Tovey curates Margate festival

The actor Russell Tovey, most recently seen in the BBC drama serial Years and Years, is to be the guest curator for the Margate NOW festival.

The festival, running from 28 September to 13 October, will mark the 2019 Turner Prize which for the first time will be awarded at Turner Contemporary in Margate, with works of art planted in unexpected places around the town.

Developed by a consortium of partners, artists were invited to respond to the theme of the town’s present and 50 will offer 60 events of music, dance, exhibitions and installations.

Tovey has been an art collector since his mid-20s, while acting in the National Theatre production The History Boys, excited by the buzz of investing in art. “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” he said. “Margate NOW is such an exciting programme. Art can be powerful and engaging and I am looking forward to seeing the town brought to life in unusual, surprising and entertaining ways”.


From the Margate Festival, 2018

The festival is being supported by the Arts Council National Lottery Fund, Kent County Council, Thanet District Council and Dreamland Margate.

“We are delighted to be leading this dynamic collaboration to ensure that Turner Prize 2019 has maximum impact on the cultural life of the UK” said Victoria Pomery, director of Turner Contemporary. “Artists and creativity are at the heart of Turner Contemporary’s work and this autumn offers plenty of opportunities to see and experience the diversity of contemporary practice in the gallery, around Margate and across Kent.”





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