28 April: POW Psychic Walk in Margate


 

 

 

 

 

This was a rescheduled event originally due to take place earlier in the year.  However, as it related to TS Eliot’s wives and their treatment in his hands, it also coincided with the last weekend of the Journeys with the Waste Land exhibition and the end of the Research Group’s collaboration.


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It looked at four sites that had played a prominent role when Eliot was there in 1920s.


 

 

 

 

 

The Albemarle Hotel – now demolished.


 

 

 

 

 

Margate Museum


 

 

 

 

 

Margate Winter Gardens


 

 

 

 

 

Nayland Rock Shelter


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Although there was not a large group attending it was a very interesting and informative session.

It is hard to accept that the three years I have been involved with the Research Group has now come to an end.  It has been a wonderful photographic opportunity and I have met some interesting people who have become close friends.  Like everything we have to now move on and take this experience with us.  However it has been is something special and will certainly not be forgotten!  Thank you to everyone who has worked with me on this!

3 Feb: Launch Day for our Journeys with the Waste Land exhibition

The private view the previous evening was crammed packed  with people and extremely well supported. Although as a member of the Research Group I was able to go round and take photographs, as there were lots of visitors I decided I needed to spend time with the exhibits another day!


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

My proposed Man Ray’s Dust Breeding was there!


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

It is hard to now realise that nearly three years work has come to fruition.  I have met lots of super people along the way and it has been an interesting, exciting and at times challenging journey for me.  It  has been an opportunity to work alongside a large gallery and to see it in operation.

 

3 Feb: Walking with the Waste Land Group


 

 

 

 

 

This walk coincided with the launch of the Journeys with the Waste Land Exhibition and followed a route around Margate close to the Turner Contemporary Gallery.


 

 

 

 

 

The walk involved various stops along the way with readings and interpretations of the poem at sites that were significant.


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Keith,  a local poet read some of his work and Julia, a local artist introduced us to TS Eliot’s ‘toilets’. This coincided with  the erection of the blue plaque which is to be commemorated later in the year.


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

The group met finally with Mike in the Nayland Rock shelter.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

A final meeting and reading on the beach before some of the group wrote their thoughts on  postcards.


 

 

19 Aug: Walking with Margate Bookie Festival

In hindsight when I look back at each of these walks despite the previous preparations, they are all so different and unexpected.  We were again blessed with fine dry weather as the last one was challenging, trying to take pictures and keep the camera dry under an umbrella!  However the day was very windy and I ended up with watery eyes so it was a wonder I achieved the results I did.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The only slight irritation (not I know unexpected at times) was one lady who was most insistent that I did not capture her in any of the shots.  So as a result she seemed to keep popping up in lots of them when looked at the results later!  Still I guess I’ve generally been fortunate up until now, as most people just seem to be engrossed in the proceedings and not take too much notice of me.

I always seem to see something else which catches my eye when I’m on one of the walks, either it is something unusual or the fact that as Turner commented, the skies are always impressive.


 


 

 

26 July: Walking in preparation for Margate Bookie 19 August

We always seem to be blessed with the weather when it comes to the walks.  The forecast was abysmal but we only ended up with a few drops.  The plan was to run through the proposed walk with Andreas and members of the team putting Margate Bookie together.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is always a chance to capture something of interest whilst I am documenting the events.  This was taken inside part of Dreamland which is yet to be renovated.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margate – just the place to have a break!


 

 

22 July: Walking with The Waste Land Group update

The group has now settled into meeting once a month and although I could not attend the June walk I did attend the one held on 17 May which included some members of the Garden Gate Project in Margate.   This is a community garden working with people with mental health and or learning difficulties based at Northdown Park, Cliftonville.

We were blessed with a sunny day and a good day to remember!


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following images show what the inspiring work that is being carried out in a very calm and relaxing environment.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

18 July: TSE Research Group – Turner Contemporary Gallery update

Since the last post I entered for 25 March I have not been able to attend and document all the sessions as my PhD is taking top priority!  I also felt that some sessions were going over previously discussed topics so did not need to be documented.

However I did attend the meeting on 25 April which included a presentation from a Margate project artist working in connection with ‘The Waste Land’ and interested in making a contribution to the exhibition.  I have some of the images taken:


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

The most recent meeting held on 18 July also incorporated an invited ‘sample’ audience to see what their impressions were on the proposed format of the exhibition so far.  It was a very lively meeting and the following images were taken:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One thing worth mentioning is the journey and friendships that have emerged since the group started and the fun we have had:

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11 March: ‘Vivienne’ Walk with Richard Turney

The emphasis of this walk led by Elspeth, was to look at the important contribution made by Vivienne Eliot to the work of T.S. Eliot and her influence on ‘The Wasteland’

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Elspeth gave the group ropes which she had made, so that they could ‘knot’ things that had made an impact on them during the walk.

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Contributions were made on different aspects of her life by Richard and members of the group during the day.

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A very welcome break for a cream tea was taken at The Walpole Bay Hotel & Museum.

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The final stop was at The Old Market where Judy read a piece she had written from the top of the converted bus inside the venue.  The event had been advertised to the public and Sally Waterman’s video ‘In the Cage’ (2007)  was projected onto the ceiling.

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All these events have also been an opportunity for me to take images of interesting things I have also witnessed.  In this case I took a picture of the baker inside the market who was busy in his work area.  Although it was possible to see inside, there was a red film on the inside of the glass hence to colour of the image.

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12 Jan 2017: TSE Research Group at Franka’s Studio

20170112-IMG_2276This was the first time that the group had met at the studio in Northdown Road, Cliftonville, Margate.  It was chance for us to discuss the progress so far together with some members of the curating team from Turner Contemporary.

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The lighting was extremely challenging and ideally the venue was not equipped to deal with so many people.  So I was not able to move around freely to take images.  However it was good to have a change of scene and to see some members of the group who are only able to come occasionally.