Opportunity to Join in!

This is the map of extra events at Margate in response to the call from Turner Contemporary, to be involved in the community event that is Journeys with “The Waste Land”. The immense range of events, exhibitions, workshops, walks, poetry readings, art, dance, music, discussion and drama is amazing! Please consider adding an event for Coventry and the surrounding area. If you have an idea that would fit with this please contact one of the team through this blog on the Contact page, or The Mead Gallery, or via twitter on @wastelandcov 

Margate event map

We are keen to include a wide diversity of opportunity for the Coventry community to engage with, not only the project as a whole, but also with T S Eliot and his poetry, in fact all poetry and Art in general. It goes without saying that the reciprocal advertising of events and collaboration will be mutually beneficial.

The artwork exhibited in the planned Herbert exhibition is varied, from Graham Sutherland to R B Kitaj, George Shaw to Paul Nash, suggesting connections from the poem to encourage discussion, and to learn from the perspective of past artistic expression, with regard to the present and future. This is especially relevant in Coventry as we work towards City of Culture 2021. Let’s begin to make the connections necessary for its success now with current projects. Journeys with “The Waste Land” is considering the poem in relation to Coventry, and our themes of Regeneration, Reconciliation, Fragmentation and Journeys are resonant in the City.

Some examples of the extra events in Margate available are suggested here to get you thinking of the possibilities. Here are Nigel and Eve, from the curating group in Coventry, in the Proper Coffee House in Margate where there is an exhibition The Deep Sea Swell showing paintings in response to |”The Waste Land” by T S Eliot and including works by the award-winning Margate artist Anthony Giles.

Proper Coffee House 2The Lombard Gallery also have an event On Margate Sands an exhibition of local artists until May 7th. Earlier in the programme they staged an exhibition From Wasteland to Wasteland with five artists, Dawn Cole, Lorna Dallas Conte, Helder Clara, Dan Thompson and Graham Ward who are developing a prolonged project in response to the Lochnagar Crater, France and T S Eliot’s “The Waste Land”. This includes homage to soldiers with 100 Poppies, creating a quilt, poetry and walking events all connecting their personal research and interests with the general premise of Turner Contemporary’s Journeys with “The Waste Land”.

Red Rock Nightclub

The Night Club venue with dancing all night at the Nayland Rock Hotel where the words and sentiment of the poem were literally applied to the fabric of the building! This was such fun!

There is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;

The Waste Land
I. The Burial of the Dead

So please consider adding an event to run alongside the Journeys with “The Waste Land” exhibition at The Herbert 15th August-18th October 2018. The team are keen to chat through your ideas with you and offer help and advice. You will be expected to organise and run the event yourselves, but to then tap into the wider audience generated by a National project, a precursor to City of Culture, and to widen your participation in the community, and advertise your projects, whilst supporting a major influential exhibition in the City.

Your updates could be featured on this blog, connections can be made!

“Come in under the shadow of this red rock!”


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