I looked at the virtual local paper The Isle of Thanet News and was struck by Carl Freedman Gallery Opens article and as I had already had press release from Turner Contemporary 'Join us this weekend for the opening of Seaside: Photographed' art won.
We drove over to Margate expecting gridlock and parking difficulty, the roads were quiet and we parked in Morrisons car park (lower level £6 for all day - 24 hrs £1 off with shopping from Morrisons) the upper level of this car park is short term.
Billy Childish at the Carl Freedman Gallery, this is very close to Morrisons, my brother lived in Union Crescent so I knew where to look
For the rest of the photos of the Billy Childish exhibition click on this link
Billy Childish is a bit Gustave Klimt, Vincent Van Gogh, type of kidney, if you like them you will probably like him. I do and so I did, very enjoyable I will go to this exhibition every time I visit Margate and the gallery is open.
The pros are, good gallery space, well lit, I think led lighting that won't fade artworks, good exhibition, well displayed, courteous gallery staff. The cons, a bit low on ventilation for recent oils, no signage whatsoever so gallery looks closed when actually open. I think the building work is still in progress so I think it will improve. I have to say all round it was a much better exhibition than I expected and one I would travel to see.
Out of the exhibition and into Margate Bank Holiday and the Meltdown, nothing like as many bikes as last time I went which may have been several years ago. By the time I was a teenager in the late 60s and early 70s Mods and Rockers had mostly vanished I think we assumed they had turned into old people i.e. over 25s.
I personally benefited from the glut of discarded motorbikes which were very cheap, now I look at the various Nortons, B.S.A.s, Triumphs with mild affection
For the rest of the Meltdown and Margate photos click on this link
Lunch and and a lunchtime sketch for me at Turner Contemporary Art Galley Cafe
So this watercolour sketch from the patio of Turner Contemporary gallery may need a bit of explaining. The fiver is for scale and this is all paint an 0 and a 000 brush, so fairly small and intricate, I tend to paint to a fixed scale and get out of the way of the bit of my brain between the eye and the hand.
At the moment I am particularly interested in windows, reflection, populating watercolours with people and wosisname, so this one may develop, if I get some more time there.
On to 'Seaside: Photographed' at Turner Contemporary
Link to the rest of the photos
This is a lot of mostly old photos taken in different seaside towns, Not sure if the exhibition is the right format for this.
The next four photos being examples of their work
Here is the link to the photos of the books we put out Saturday