8/9 Nov: Coventry visitors join the TSE Research Group

We met our visitors from Coventry for lunch at GB Pizza and then back to Turner Contemporary where they read a passage from the poem.

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The TSE Research Group then discussed which works of art and artefacts have been agreed to be loaned to the gallery, and which are still to be agreed.  Everyone then split into groups to decide which of the items best fitted to the thematic groups.

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After an overnight stay in Margate the visitors met with Elspeth and the Walking Group, for a walk around the key sites in Margate that relate to the poem.  It was another  cold and blustery day but the intrepid walkers were not put off.

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Various stops were made en route including The Pie Factory Gallery and Margate Museum.  The museum provided valuable insights for the visitors into the Margate of the past and the interesting exhibit is which are held in the museum.

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25 Oct: TSE Research Group – Offsite Programme

This meeting was aimed at discussing the potential offsite programme, and to also look further at possible venues and partners to involve in the final exhibition programme of events.   20161025-_l0a1457-1

The groups gathered and shared ideas together with ideas to follow up, as we proceed towards the exhibition.

20161025-_l0a1465-2-1The next meeting is to be held on 8 November when visitors from Coventry will be joining us for two days of events.

8 Oct: John Akomfrah at Turner Contemporary

Following the walk to the Garden Gate Project, to coincide with the opening of the new exhibition at the gallery; a session was held with John Akomfrah in conversation with BBC historian David Olusoga.  The film by John is being shown as part of the exhibition.

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John had made the film installation (initially commissioned for the Venice Biennale 2014) entitled ‘Vertigo Sea’ which I had previously seen at the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol.  It is an extremely powerful and emotive film which addresses issues that are still relevant to issues today.  I was anxious to meet him in person and engage in a brief conversation which I was able to do!