Turner Contemporary features on new £20 note

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Turner Contemporary, the Margate art gallery opened eight years ago, is to feature on the new £20 on which the artist J M W Turner is to be the theme.

The new note, which will be issued first ln February 20, was revealed by Bank of England Governor Mark Carney at the gallery today.

“Our banknotes celebrate the UK’s heritage, salute its culture, and testify to the achievements of its most notable individuals” Carney said. “And so it is with the new £20 banknote, featuring J M W Turner. Turner’s contribution to art extends well beyond his favourite stretch of shoreline. Turner’s painting was transformative, his influence spanned lifetimes, and his legacy endures today. The new £20 note celebrates Turner, his art and his legacy in all their radiant, colourful, evocative glory.

A window in the polymer note will show Turner Contemporary and the Margate  Lighthouse among other elements associated with Turner, including his painting The Fighting Temeraire. Turner was a regular visitor to Margate throughout his life.

Since it opened in 2011 Turner Contemporary has driven significant economic impact, injecting £70m directly into the Kent economy and 3.3m visitors, far exceeding the initial projection of 150,000 visits per year.

“Turner’s legacy runs through everything we do - from our architecture to our world class programme of contemporary and historical exhibitions to our work with children and young people” said the gallery’s director Victoria Pomery. “Turner Contemporary has been the catalyst for social and economic regeneration in Margate. As we approach our 10thanniversary, we remain committed to ensuring that our work continues to transform people and place in exciting, ambitious and innovative ways.”


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