Turner Contemporary reaches 3 million visits
3rd Dec 2018
Turner Contemporary has recently welcomed its 3 millionth visit since opening in 2011.
As one of the UK’s leading examples of cultural regeneration, the gallery has injected over £68 million into the Kent economy and led to the opening of over 150 businesses in Margate. Drawing audiences from Kent, London and beyond, thousands of UK and international tourists have visited Thanet as a direct result of the gallery with 35% of visitors stating that they had visited Margate specifically to go to Turner Contemporary in summer 2018. The draw of the gallery as the main motivation is 4% more than the average of other art galleries nationally.
Clive Stevens, Chair of Turner Contemporary says:
“Welcoming our 3 millionth visitor is an exceptional milestone for Turner Contemporary. Initially it was predicted that the gallery would attract 150,000 visits per year and we have exceeded all expectations. Our significant economic and social impact affirms the importance of everybody having access to art and creativity. We’re looking forward to an exceptional year in 2019 as we host the internationally renowned Turner Prize and plan to welcome more visitors to the gallery than ever before.”
The gallery has recently brought Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan’s bold and alternative Christmas tree installation, DOES THE ITERATIVE FIT, which was previously displayed in London’s Granary Square, to their terrace. The shop is stocking unique products from local artists, suppliers and makers, with every purchase supporting the gallery’s work as well as the local creative community.
Image: The gallery from Fulsam Rock, photo: Carlos Dominguez.