Phew what a relief! after all the years of broken dreams, the blood, sweat, toil and tears an opening date has been announced and Gallery Director Victoria Pomery gets to open the doors of Margate's Turner Contemporary on the 16th April 2011.
The process so far has had its ups and downs not least the original questionable choice of an ocean going gallery, which wasted several years and millions, due I think to incompetence, costing many millions to the local economy. during the last few years, when Margate should have been reaping the benefit.
Despite KCC trousering some several millions in compensation, from architects, this money apparently itself got lost in county hall because there is no evidence of Margate and Thanet being compensated for the lost years. Unless any of our local tory County Councillors know otherwise, which I think is unlikely, since I've yet to hear any of them speak up for Thanet.
Still at least my neighbour had the dubious pleasure of seeing a test structure for the original design, float off into the sea with in minutes of being positioned never to be seen again.
Anyhow I suppose that next April is a time to look forward to a new dawn. As thousands of suitably
brainwashed educated art buffs, embark on a pilgrimage to Margate with great expectations and hopefully fat wallets.
Whatever your views Turner Contemporary is the best show, if not the only show in town for Margate, unfortunately as part of the build up to Margate and Thanet becoming a global destination, Thanet 's Conservative council took the bold but stupid decision to close the nearby Museums which would have been complimentary.
I had a quick gander, at the programme of exhibitions, the highlight for me will be the exhibition scheduled for 28th January 2012 till May 13th "Turner and the Elements" a major show of Turners works, Brilliant! and since I'm not to familiar, or er educated I'll keep the rest of my opinions to myself, although I have to say I'd like to see banksy but that would be unlikely for this reason he's not only talented, instantly recognisable but popular.