“I’ve always had a close relationship with art and began collecting art in my mid 20s whilst acting in The History Boys. Initially I was excited by the buzz of investing in art and buying something that would outlive me. As my collection has grown my interest has developed into supporting emerging and mid-career artists as well as becoming a patron for a number of not-for-profit public art institutions. Margate NOW is therefore something I’m very passionate about. Art can be powerful and engaging and I am looking forward to seeing the town brought to life in unusual, surprising and entertaining ways. I’ve really enjoyed helping to curate and select artists for the 2019 festival. It’s great to be able to support and encourage the creation of new art and new ideas.”

Russell Tovey, Guest Curator

Margate Festival celebrates the best contemporary culture from Margate’s world-class creative community. Art, music, performance, written and spoken word, collective action and visual culture will form a dynamic programme featuring co-commissions in the public realm and over 200 local, national and international artists. The theme NOW brings urgency and relevance – 2019 is our most ambitious year yet.

Dan Chilcott, Jenny Duff and Jo Murray, Margate Festival Delivery Team

Margate NOW is an ambitious and dynamic festival of art, events and performances. This year, in response to Turner Prize 2019 at Turner Contemporary the programme runs from 28 September 2019 – 12 January 2020. It has been developed by Turner Contemporary, Margate Festival, Open School East, 1927, Resort, Crate, Limbo, Dreamland Margate, Kent County Council and Kent Libraries, Thanet District Council, Southeastern and locally based artists. It is supported by Arts Council England through National Lottery funding, as well as contributions from Kent County Council, Thanet District Council and Dreamland Margate. Turner Prize 2019 is organised in collaboration with Tate.