25 September – 10 October
CLIFTONVILLE CULTURAL SPACE WITH CHARLIE EVARISTO-BOYCE, FALLE NIOKE, DOMINIC ROSE & OTHERS
CRATE WITH REBEKAH UBUNTU, JULES VARNEDOE & JEROME WHITE
ARTS IN RAMSGATE WITH ROSIE CARR, JEMMA CULLEN, HOLLY HUNTER, TREVOR NEAL & MEMBERS OF GOLD (GETTING ON WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES)
LIMBO WITH SADIE HENNESSY
MARGATE BOOKIE WITH BILLIE PENFOLD
OPEN SCHOOL EAST WITH SARA JACKSON, LOTTIE MCCARTHY, SAM SLATTERY, KATHRYN TOVEY & YOUNG ASSOCIATES
TRANSIT COLLECTIVE WITH SIMON COLE, DOMINIC ROSE & JON SPENCER
NAYLAND ROCK HOTEL
NAYLAND ROCK HOTEL 1-5 ROYAL CRESCENT WESTBROOK MARGATE CT9 5AJ
SATURDAY 25 – SUNDAY 26 SEPTEMBER, FRIDAY 1 OCTOBER (FIRST FRIDAY), 5 – 8PM, SATURDAY 2 – SUNDAY 3 OCTOBER, SATURDAY 9 – SUNDAY 10 OCTOBER, 11AM – 6PM
ROYAL ESPLANADE WESTBROOK MARGATE CT9 5EJ
AMA JOSEPHINE BUDGE ► NICOLAS DESHAYES ► LINDSEY MENDICK ► OLU OGUNNAIKE ► SONIA OVERALL ► CHRISTINA PEAKE ► MOLLY PICKLE ► SHAMICA RUDDOCK ► FRANCESCA TER-BERG
SATURDAY 25 – SUNDAY 26 SEPTEMBER, FRIDAY 1 OCTOBER (FIRST FRIDAY), 11AM – 8PM, SATURDAY 2 – SUNDAY 3 OCTOBER, SATURDAY 9 – SUNDAY 10 OCTOBER, 11AM – 6PM
FREE ADMISSION, NO BOOKING REQUIRED FOR THE EXHIBITIONS. BOOKING IS RECOMMENDED FOR THE EVENTS, PLEASE CHECK INDIVIDUAL EVENTS FOR DETAILS.
The 2021 edition of Margate NOW, ‘Sunken Ecologies’, takes on the human-made natural environment and the possible role, participation and responsibility of cultural practitioners in caring for, engaging with, reclaiming or reimagining green spaces.
Guest curated by Anna Colin, the festival primarily takes place at the Sunken Garden in Westbrook, Margate. The garden was landscaped in the early 1930s on the site of a former chalk quarry, and has been under the care of the Sunken Garden Society since 2018. The Sunken Garden is actively engaged with wildlife conservation and was a recipient of the 2020 Bees Needs Champions Award.
For ‘Sunken Ecologies’, the garden has been variously treated as a site of investigation – whether botanical, social or speculative; a space to learn, experiment and grow from – through planting, and arts and crafts workshops; and, last but not least, a site for the presentation of artworks. These range from permanent, functional sculptures serving the needs of the Sunken Garden, to ephemeral or immaterial contributions, such as sculptural landscape interventions, walks, texts and sounds. Other artworks including films and installations are presented in Margate NOW’s hub at Nayland Rock Hotel. In addition, live music, talks, performances, screenings and workshops are taking place during each of the three weekends of the festival.
‘Sunken Ecologies’ embraces topics that are dear to environmentally-engaged cultural practitioners, individuals and communities. From growing, nurturing and extracting transferable learnings from the natural environment, to questioning physical and cultural access to nature, the artists and partner organisations taking part in ‘Sunken Ecologies’ approach environmental themes and practices through documentation, investigation, speculation and acts of repair.
Margate NOW 2021 is only made possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Kent County Council, Turner Contemporary and support from Interreg Experience, Visit Kent, Dreamland and The Sunken Garden Society.
For images, interview requests and further information please contact Janette Scott Arts PR on [email protected] or 07966 486156.