Turner Contemporary wins award for The Best use of Arts and Culture in regeneration at The Regeneration & Renewal Awards 2011
At a ceremony last night John Kampfner, Chair of Turner Contemporary, proudly accepted the Award for The Best use of Arts and Culture in regeneration for our new gallery. The ceremony was held at the Lancaster hotel in London and was hosted by BBC Newsnight economics editor Paul Mason. The awards celebrate regeneration projects that have improved places or communities either economically, socially or environmentally.
“Receiving this award is a real accolade for Turner Contemporary, and not just for the gallery but for Margate. Since opening in April, the gallery has welcomed over 240,000 visitors and signs of regeneration can be seen throughout the town. This is just the start of something positive and beneficial for the town and we’re delighted that our contribution to this has been so well recognised.” John Kampfner, Chair Turner Contemporary
The Regeneration and Renewal Awards are the most prestigious awards in the regeneration sector. Turner Contemporary has been selected for this coveted award due to our excellence in putting arts and culture at the heart of regeneration in Margate through our gallery and programme, and increasing participation in the arts among local residents. Since opening on 16th April, Turner Contemporary has welcomed over 240,000 visitors and our research has shown that:
• 85%of visitors said that their trip was made specifically to see the gallery, showing that the gallery is attracting visitors and income to the town that would not happen otherwise.
• Over the past 18 months 25 new businesses have opened up in Margate’s Old Town and the lower end of the High Street, reversing the national trend of high street decline.
• Southeastern report a 30% rise in the number of people using Margate railway station since the gallery opened in April.
Kent County Council Leader Paul Carter said: “These awards recognise the invaluable contribution that Kent County Council is making towards regenerating our coastal towns in east Kent.
“Turner Contemporary has been a huge success from day one, bringing many visitors who are discovering why the artist was inspired to paint in Thanet, and drawing newcomers to Margate for shopping, for business and to explore the area’s coastal attractions.
“I am delighted that we have received these accolades from Regeneration and Renewal. This shows that our vision and commitment to east Kent is paying dividends.”
Leader of Thanet District Council, Cllr. Bob Bayford, said: “I’m thrilled that Turner Contemporary have won this award. It’s fantastic recognition of just how successful the gallery has been in its opening six months. Having a major art gallery in the town is having a truly positive effect bringing thousands of new visitors to the area and generating extra spend in the town. The Old Town of Margate has been really buzzing all summer, proving that arts-led regeneration really does work.”