The Duchess of Cambridge visited the coastal town of Margate on Wednesday where she visited an exhibition at the Turner Contemporary and an exhibition at Resort Studios.
Whilst at Turner Contemporary’s gallery, The Duchess, took a tour of the ‘Self: Image and Identity’ exhibition, which includes the last self-portrait ever completed by Sir Anthony Van Dyck.
Additionally, Kate saw how Turner Contemporary engages and supports the local community in the Clore Learning Studio, where she met local school children who were being encouraged to take part in art projects.
Kate also took a tour the exhibition ‘Mr Lion 14’ by Blank Canvas: Turner Contemporary’s inter-generational community group.
Turner Contemporary is one of the UK’s leading art galleries since it opened in 2011. In the four years the gallery has been open it has attracted more than 1.4 million visitors. The gallery has even been a huge help to Margate with £32 million being generated back into the local economy.
The organisation is committed to making world-class art accessible to all with a programme of free exhibitions of historical and contemporary art. Around 100,000, including schools and families, have participated in the gallery’s learning programme.
Later on in the day Kate travelled to Resort Studios, also in Margate. There she viewed photomontages of local personalities and heard about their community work.
The Duchess took a tour of the studios, including a print studio, project space and more general workspaces.
The Resort Studios were set up just two years ago in 2013 when seven artists rented two floors of a Victorian warehouse building. It has since expanded rapidly and is one of the key catalysts driving regeneration in Margate.
Resort Studios also holds a programme for the residents of Cliftonville. The company tries to improve the perceptions of Margate and create opportunities in the area.