Entangled at Turner Contemporary


Tuesday was the only day we left the immediate surroundings of Ramsgate and we drove just five miles away to Margate to the recently opened and much acclaimed Turner Contemporary. We parked nearby and paid for three hours in the car park thinking that would be quite long enough to see the Gallery (as we are not into modern art), walk along the front and the Harbour Arm (jetty) and investigate the town centre. In the end we spent over two hours in the Turner, including a quick bite to eat in the airy cafe, and had quick walk to the end of the Harbour Arm for a view of the gallery and a breath of fresh air. It was a 10 minute walk back to the car park and we realised that we had Landmark Withdrawal Symptoms and drove straight back to the Presbytery to build up the fire for the evening.


The Turner Contemporary from The Harbour Arm


The Harbour Arm from The Turner Contemporary


The Shell Lady of Margate, by Ann Carrington, 2003 : A Scallop Shell Mrs Booth on the Harbour Arm


Margate Lighthouse

The latest exhibition at the Turner is Entangled : Threads and Making. It had just opened on 28 January and will close on 7 May. We hadn’t realised that there is no permanent collection/display. There are  just three temporary shows each year.


The Margate Knot by Anna Ray in the Foyer of the Entangled


Entangled: Threads & Making is a major exhibition of sculpture, installation, tapestry, textiles and jewellery from the early 20th century to the present day. It features over 40 international female artists who expand the possibilities of embroidery, weaving, sewing and wood carving, often incorporating unexpected materials such as plants, clothing, hair and bird quills.

Entangled: Threads & Making is curated by writer and critic Karen Wright, with Turner Contemporary. Wright became fascinated by the making processes she saw first-hand on the many studio visits she did with artists for her ‘In the Studio’ column for the Independent. The idea for Entangled: Threads & Making evolved out of these visits, in particular one with renowned American artist Kiki Smith who was working on her epic tapestry Sky (2012), included in the exhibition.

The exhibition brings together artists from different generations and cultures who challenge established categories of craft, design and fine art, and who share a fascination with the handmade and the processes of making itself.” [Turner website and flyer]



The Work of  Artist Eva Hess

One of my friends shared a studio with Eva Hess in New York’s Bowery in the 1960s so I was particularly interested to see her work displayed and to watch the video and hear her work being discussed but there were several other pieces of work that caught my eye. We were surprised how much we had enjoyed it, found it thought-provoking and Kathy compared it with the recent  Embroideries at The V&A and the Threads show at Great Yarmouth’s Time and Tide Museum (they’ve both finished now).


Laura Ford’s Penguins


Sky by Kiki Smith




Absolutely fascinating!


8 comments on “Entangled at Turner Contemporary

  1. ms6282 says:

    Saw those creepy penguins at Abbot Hall last year. We could have sworn they had moved when we returned to the room fir another look at them

  2. EXTREMELY creepy! I knew I’d seen them somewhere before. They were like pathetic, lost children.

  3. Julie Stivers says:

    Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit there B. I’d love to go. And that after years of studying traditional art and its progression through history, you are coming around to the idea that contemporary art also has something to say. Your comment about the penguins and lost children is apt.

    • Not sure about your comment re-contemporary art, Julie. But it was interesting because of the fabrics and threads. Worth a visit anyway, which was something we were not sure about before the visit.

  4. nilly says:

    East Kent is my home territory & we try to visit once a year. If you visit again do try exploring the spectacular bays between Margate & Broadstairs.

    • Of course, nilly, Maid in Kent. Do you know on our return journey from Margate to Ramsgate we tried to drive along the coast. We found it impossible. It was all no-through roads, cul-de-sacs and one ways. We gave up trying to beat the road signs (to Ramsgate) ending up at a golf clubhouse and having to use turning circles in residential closes. We needed a local guide!

  5. Fran says:

    Certainly fascinating! I quite enjoy having my usual perimeters stretched. Visited the new exhibition on at the Towner (Eastbourne) recently; A Certain Kind of Light, which I can’t say I understood completely but was very interesting.

  6. One day I’ll get to the Towner, Fran. With you in tow I hope!

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