- Another Time XVIII, by Antony Gormley
- All Saints’ Church, Tudeley
- The Turner Contemporary
Contemporary Art in Kent
- New holiday
- 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
Art historian and independent lecturer accredited by The Arts Society.
- 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.
Day 1 Arrive 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
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
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
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
Located around Folkestone’s town and harbour in often surprising locations, you’ll find the largest urban contemporary art exhibition in the country.
The changing exhibition currently consists of 74 artworks by 46 artists – including Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Yoko Ono, Mark Wallinger, Cornelia Parker, Bill Woodrow, Michael Craig-Martin, and explores Folkestone’s history, geography and future through sculptures, large architectural monuments and other unique art forms.
Prior to guided tours of the artworks, you will have a private talk by Creative Folkestone, to discover more about the exhibits and the Folkestone Triennial, which, since its launch in 2008, has left a legacy of art and inspiration after each exhibition.
Included on 4 nights itinerary
Margate and The Turner Contemporary
The famed landscape and romantic painter, J.M.W. Turner, stayed in Margate for his school education and often visited the town throughout his life, residing in a guest house overlooking the sea. This is now the site of The Turner Contemporary.
Designed by David Chipperfield and opened in 2011, the building has an elegant and modern concrete exterior and the light and skies which inspired Turner’s works can be viewed through its windows. The gallery houses temporary exhibitions, which focus on art from 1750 to the present day, with links to Turner’s art and legacy, and is a creative hub for the town and its growing arts scene.
Included on 4 nights itinerary
All Saints’ Church, Tudeley
This hidden gem is the only church in the world to have twelve stained glass windows designed by Marc Chagall. Each window is inspired by the words of Psalm 8, particularly verses four to eight, with the east window a tribute to Sarah d'Avigdor-Goldsmid, who tragically died in a sailing accident, and whose father initially commissioned Chagall to create a window in her memory in 1963.
Upon seeing the church, Chagall exclaimed "It’s magnificent. I will do them all." and he subsequently created the remaining windows, which are conveniently sat at eye-level, making them easy to study and truly unique.
Included on 4 nights itinerary
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.