Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Out of Turner

As everyone else appears to be writing about the plans revealed last night for the 'New' Turner Contemporary in Margate, I'll maintain a discreet silence. I've written enough about the project here in the past and I've been to the Guggenheim in Bilbao (pictured) as well. The important point, raised in earlier comments is that the money is coming from elsewhere, if we didn't have it, the somewhere like Folkestone would and Margate, if it is to pull itself up by its economic bootstraps, needs an attraction rather more stimulating to the tourist trade than the arcades, a decaying High Street and the pervasive smell of burgers wafting along the seafront on a hot summer's day.

I guess that doesn't qualify as a "Discreet silence" but I would much rather see a collective effort to aspire to something with generous outside funding, than sit on our hands and moan about the decline of Thanet. Something positive must come from Turner, even if, in the end, it's not quite what we expected.

Meanwhile, I've discovered that the only way I can wade through the mass of council correspondence and documents that arrives at my front-door each week, is to get up one hour earlier each morning. Today, I see that we have two more blocks of flats planning applications for Westgate, time to take a walk and see exactly where the developers plan to put them.


Nethercourt said...

Spectacular, is the word for the Bilbao building.
The best idea to date for the 'Turnip' bears more than a passing resemblance to a gun emplacement!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! How much did that cost? By the time we get our modern'fuhrer-bunker' it will have cost almost £24,000,000.

Anonymous said...

i Absolutly agree with you simon.regeneration has already happened because of the gallery.new shops and bistro's in the old town cafe's along the piazza,there is a great jazz festival over two weeks in july and much more planned.