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    Another Time XVIII, by Antony Gormley
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    All Saints’ Church, Tudeley
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    The Turner Contemporary

Contemporary Art in Kent

Kent, England

  • A group of people Small group 30 or less

"Art has to change things, and if it was immediately acceptable it would not be doing the job." Antony Gormley

Home to the UK’s largest urban outdoor exhibition of contemporary art, the seaside town of Folkestone is a fitting setting for this four-night art tour.

Along the coast is the flourishing art community of Margate and one of the UK’s leading art galleries, the Turner Contemporary. Inland is little-known Tudeley, home to a remarkable church with stained glass windows created by Marc Chagall.

You can discover the artistic background of all three locations in the company of an Art Historian, who will provide further insight.


  • Cancellation rights
  • 8 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 dinners in the hotel and 1 in a local restaurant
  • Specialist lecturer
  • Saga Tour Manager
  • All excursions and visits listed
  • Porterage at your hotel
Your specialist lecturer

Cindy Polemis

Cindy is an Art Historian and independent lecturer and tour guide. She has a BA in History from Oxford University, and as a mature student, graduated from Birkbeck College, London University with a BA and MA in History of Art. Cindy spent many years working for BBC World Service, and since 2016 has been an official art guide at Tate Modern and Tate Britain, as well as lecturing independently.

An accredited lecturer for The Arts Society, Cindy has recently delivered numerous online lectures in conjunction with Art Historical London and The Royal Overseas League and has worked as the Visual Arts correspondent for Standpoint Magazine in the UK. Cindy has accumulated a wide range of art historical knowledge ranging from 18th century European and British art to the contemporary international art scene and has been an official art guide for both Frieze and Frieze Masters art fairs in London.

  • Who Needs Public Art? — Folkestone Triennial has become one of the most important events in the international art calendar. Artists have been invited to use the town as an art gallery – using public spaces in surprising and thought-provoking ways. Explore how public art can help us to engage with our environment and cultural history more and how it may change the way we think about the role of art itself.
  • JMW Turner: A Modern Master — JMW Turner challenged accepted conventions in art and often shocked his contemporaries with his innovative techniques and enthusiastic embrace of modern subjects. Learn more about the Master of History, landscape and marine paintings, and the man who inspired Mark Rothko, Olafur Eliasson and Sean Scully.
  • The Enigmatic Visions of Marc Chagall — The Russian born artist Marc Chagall lived through two world wars, tsarist, communist and Nazi persecution, yet these tragic events failed to dent his deep faith in humanity. His Jewish and Russian folklore inspired images, opened up secret and enigmatic worlds far removed from the style of contemporaries such as Picasso, Delaunay and Matisse. Explore his work and his influential past.

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Day 1 Arrive in Folkestone

An aerial view of The Leas in Folkestone

After your arrival in Folkestone meet your fellow guests for a welcome drink reception and a lecture by Cindy Polemis.

As a curtain-raiser to your visit to the Folkestone artworks Cindy will highlight the importance of public art.

Dinner will be at the hotel this evening. D

Day 2 Folkestone artworks

Another Time XXI, by Antony Gormley

Begin your first full day with a private talk at the Quarterhouse by Creative Folkestone, the visionary arts organisation that manages the Folkestone Artworks. Folkestone is home to the UK’s largest urban outdoor exhibition of contemporary art.

Some of the inspiring art works include 'The Folkestone Mermaid', which is a life-size sculpture looking out onto the sandy beach, inspired by the story of the Sea Lady. Also admire Pablo Bronstein’s homage to 18th century British Baroque architecture with his blue and red "Beach Hut in the Style of Nicholas Hawksmoor" located along the waterfront.

Another creation of note is the "Rug People", by Paloma Varga Weisz, a five headed sculpture, wrapped in blankets, looking forlorn on the disused railway tracks of the old harbour station.

After tea or coffee, your group will divide for a guided tour to see some of these artworks. Enjoy free time for lunch in the vibrant Creative Quarter and continue with a further tour of the artworks in the afternoon.

This evening, there will be a lecture on the legacy of JMW Turner, who heavily influenced 20th century abstract artists and contemporary artists of today. Dinner will be served at the hotel. B, D

Day 3 The Turner Contemporary, Margate

Turner Contemporary, Margate

The following day, you’ll travel 30 miles along the coast to Margate where you will have a private curated tour of The Turner Contemporary, located on the seafront.

This elegant, contemporary art space and catalyst for the regeneration of the town commemorates the association of the town with the painter J. M. W. Turner.

Lunch is at your leisure with time to further explore Margate before visiting The Carl Freedman Gallery this afternoon.

Before dinner at the hotel tonight, there will be a lecture on Marc Chagall. B, D

Day 4 All Saints’ Church, Tudeley

Three Lancet windows © All Saints Church, Tudeley

Start the next day with a visit to the All Saints’ Church in Tudeley. This small church is the only one in the world to have all its windows decorated by Marc Chagall, and you will be able to study them up close during your visit – even seeing the scratches he made whilst making them.

A local guide will tell you more about the history of the church and the creation of its stunning windows, the last of which were installed shortly before Chagall’s death in 1985.

You will then continue to the town of Royal Tunbridge Wells where you will have free time for lunch. Head to the Georgian colonnade known as the Pantiles where you can explore local galleries such as the Fairfax, The Spa and Beumée Contemporary Fine Art gallery independently before returning to Folkestone.

This evening, your tour culminates with a farewell dinner at Rocksalt restaurant, which enjoys views of Folkestone’s harbour. B, D

Day 5 Depart Folkestone

Depart after breakfast. B

This 4-star Victorian hotel is conveniently located near the Leas Promenade.

Their newly refurbished Bay Tree Grill Restaurant serves traditional British cuisine using the best locally and ethically sourced ingredients, and the Bay Tree Cocktail Bar has a stylish and contemporary ambiance where you can unwind in the evenings.

You are provided with a superior bedroom which is equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities, a television and free Wi-Fi; the hotel also offers room service.

The Turner Contemporary will be closed to the public during the March departure. You will have a private tour with an exclusive look behind the scenes whilst an exhibition is being hung.

Contemporary Art in Kent

Kent, England