Guest curator for Margate NOW, Russell Tovey is best known for his roles on screen in BBC productions and on stage at the National Theatre. However, his illustrious performance career shouldn’t overshadow his passion for the arts. He co-hosts a popular weekly podcast, Talk Art, with Carl Freedman Gallery’s Robert Diament, and collects works fanatically. He speaks eloquently and perceptively on subjects from art history to modern British culture, as seen in his interviews, published both nationally and internationally. In his own words: ‘Art is for everyone. It will change you, it will outlive you.’

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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.