There are quite a number of places to see some amazing art in Kent – here is a list of my top five.
Number 1. The Turner Contemporary, Margate
In Margate this gallery opened in 2011 to explore Turners connections with Margate and be a space for contemporary art. And what a space it is! Bright and open with amazing and unusual art as well as traditional paintings. Check out their website for special exhibitions etc. https://www.turnercontemporary.org
Number 2 – The Beaney, Canterbury
Right in the heart of Canterbury this museum is a great mixture of old and new art and local history. Also home to the library and tourist information The Beaney describes itself as a cultural hub. There are many interactive things for children inside. Whether you go to Canterbury just for the Beaney or want 5 minutes respite from the busy high street its a great place to visit. https://canterburymuseums.co.uk/beaney/explore/
Number 3 – Banksy Dover and Folkestone
Banksy artwork has been popping up in Kent. This one is his lastest in Dover and has been causing quite a stir.
A piece called Artbuff appeared in Folkestone in 2014 and is currently being restored and should be back in Folkestone soon. http://www.kentonline.co.uk/folkestone/news/banksys-first-kent-mural-is-125581/
Number 4 – Folkestone Triennial
The Folkestone Triennial 2017 is back for the 4th time will be held in September and October. The Title of the Triennial is double edge. Internationally renound artists will be commissioned to make new contemporary artworks for public spaces around Folkestone.
Some artworks will become permanent to add to artwork from previous triennials. This year Anthony Gormley will site two of his cast iron figures from his work, Another Time, within Folkestone bay which will be immersed and revealed by each tide.
More information can be found at http://www.folkestonetriennial.org.uk/
Number 5 Lilford Gallery, Canterbury
An interesting gallery in the middle of Canterbury whether you are buying or browsing. Very well informed staff that are happy to chat about the artworks displayed. There is now a Lilford Gallery branch in Folkestone Creative Quarter too.