On Margate Sands

From 3 February 2018 to 7 May 2018.

Lombard Street Gallery presents ‘On Margate Sands’ – an exhibition featuring new artworks by five of our resident artists responding to T. S. Eliot’s poem ‘The Waste Land’ and his association with Margate. It opens on Saturday 3 February at 11am. Come along and meet the artists Anthony Giles, Claire Gill, Nick Kelly, Ruth McDonald and Chris Snow who will be in the gallery between 2-4pm and find out about their journeys culminating in the work they have made for this exhibition.

Anthony Giles, an internationally exhibiting landscape artist, paints large, powerful seascapes and landscapes in oil of Kent and beyond. He has created two works for the exhibition ‘On Margate Beach’ which depicts the solitude of Eliot’s struggle by using Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Time’ as the focal point of the painting. ‘Red sails’ depicts the Thames barges sailing past the Isle of dogs quoted in the poem as his inspiration.

Claire Gill is an artist best known for her creative use of digital photomontage and her collection of seascape prints inspired by the coast. Her approach for ‘On Margate Sands’ was to consider the visual metaphors in the poem and to build pieces of work that revolve around these. Her technique of digital photomontage works well as an interpretation of the poem – a montage of different viewpoints, historical references and conversations. Five pieces have been created using the titles of the five verses of The Waste Land:  ‘The Burial of the Dead,’ ‘A Game of Chess,’ ‘The Fire Sermon,’ ‘Death by Water’ and ‘What the Thunder Said,’ all in the setting of Margate Beach.

Nick Kelly is known for his paintings of the Kent coast where he constantly challenges the changing patterns of light and form.  When faced with creating a response to T.S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land Nick like many of us hadn’t realised that Eliot had visited Margate or included it in his most famous work. His painting ‘Nothing with Nothing’ is uncomplicated in an attempt to understand in some way this part of T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land.’ Shadows, mists, ghosts, swirling winds and a barren landscape; a figure standing alone, a genius full of ideas and emotions whose line ‘nothing with nothing’ speaks of nihilism and an empty void but in fact is a double negative – the positive creative spirit.

Ruth McDonald, painter- printmaker, has had her work exhibited extensively in the UK and abroad and reflects her interest in moonlit woodland landscape and the sea. Her prints for the exhibition ‘On Margate Sands’ are the result of spending a sunny and cold day in November roaming the beach at Margate drawing, musing and recording images from noon until sunset. Her two screen-prints are the result of sitting in the shelter where Eliot wrote ‘The Waste Land’ and imagining it was a ship floating over the sands. She used the decorative elements of the structure to provide a frame for images of Margate today. The collagraph prints are all based on the sands and the sea and the evanescent quality of light on a beach. They feature the quality of light reflected on the sands, sea and sky from mid-day until a spectacular sunset at 6:00 pm. Some familiar Margate landscapes included are Arlington House, Turner Contemporary and the Harbour.

Chris Snow grew up in Margate right by the sea. He is inspired by the sea, life in the city and his love of maps and nostalgia for geography textbook diagram. It is important to him that images include both the buildings and the people that bring them to life. He likes to look for the patterns and paths that each and every generation seem to follow and he says with regard to the poem ‘The Waste Land’ he says “Every time we walked past the seafront shelter my dad told me that T.S. Eliot wrote part of The Waste Land sitting there. It meant nothing to me, and then one day it did.”

‘On Margate Sands’ is an independent exhibition organised by Lombard Street Gallery is in response to Turner Contemporary’s invitation to create an event or activity inspired by The Waste Land T.S. Eliot’s legacy, and Turner Contemporary’s exhibition Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’.

Lombard Street Gallery Margate Claire Gill A Game of Chess

Claire Gill
A Game of Chess

Winter Exhibition 2017

Lombard Street Gallery is delighted to announce a mixed exhibition for winter. It will feature new artists to the gallery the photographer Greg Bottle and his new body of work inspired by Antony Gormley’s Another Time and artist Sheradon Dublin whose prints are inspired by Margate’s architectural icons. In addition we will have new work from our represented artists including Ruth McDonald, Anthony Giles, Nick Kelly, Hugh Ribbans and Ben Dickson.

The exhibition opens with a preview on Saturday 2 December 2017 from 2-4pm with an opportunity to meet some of the artists involved.

Alongside an exciting programme of contemporary art exhibitions and ceramics, jewellery, glass and textiles by local artists.

Greg Bottle Another Time 2 Margate

Greg Bottle
Another Time 2

Celebrate Summer

Summer has arrived at Lombard Street Margate and we have plenty in the Gallery to help you celebrate throughout the year. From fine art photographic collages by Claire Gill, to bright and breezy sculptures by Harriet Ferris and ceramics by Kevin Warren you won’t fail to find the perfect item to bring happy memories or sunny days at the seaside.

The Margate Festival is On

Lombard Street Gallery Margate Festival

Now in it’s fourth year, we’ve taken a look back at past festivals and the involvement we’ve had at the gallery. From community printing to create deckchairs inspired by Mondrian with designer Jenny Duff and Turner Contemporary for Summer of Colour in 2014, to the exhibition One Tribe to Another of work by photographer Jon Spencer for Tribes in 2015, to the Celebration of the work of Walpole Champneys, the original interior designer at Dreamland for Sight Seeking in 2016, Lombard Street Gallery has been part of the wonderful Margate community of artists and makers. This year we will be hosting a Meet the Artist event at the Gallery for Making a Change – call in and meet nine of the artists exhibiting in the Summer Exhibition – discuss their work, be inspired and see how art can make a change to your life…

In addition to our usual opening hours, we will be open on Mondays throughout August.

find out more about Margate Festival 2017: Making a Change



Thames Barge painting at Lombard Street Gallery

Lombard Street Gallery Margate Anthony Giles Thames Barge at Swale Estuary SheppeyOnce a common sight on the River Thames the Thames Barges were built to navigate the shallow waters of the river, it’s tributaries and small ports, their shallow draught and flat bottoms making it possible to stand offshore on the low tide mudbanks to load and unload when there was no jetty available. With a capacity for six working sails, operated by just two crew, and masts mounted in tabernacles to make it possible to lower them to ‘shoot’ the bridges whilst maintain headway the seaworthy barges traded around the British coast and as far afield as continental Europe with a variety of cargoes from building materials to gun powder.

The barge races series was begun in 1863 and is the second oldest sailing competition, after the Americas Cup, it continues to this day with the 110th race scheduled for May 2018. In their heyday at the turn of the Twentieth century there were over 2000 of the barges on the registry, this number has declined with the last barge trading entirely under sail registered in 1970.

This painting by Anthony Giles perfectly captures the strength and beauty of one of the Thames Barges whilst moored in the calm waters of the Swale Estuary, the body of water running between the Isle of Sheppey and the mainland and is available in the Gallery. It offers calm respite in our busy world and nostalgia for a bygone era.

‘The majestic beauty of a Thames Barge in full sail is a sight that always inspires me to paint.  The red sails and dark timber hulls evoke an image of times past and will inspire artists for generations.’ Anthony Giles

New Artworks by Andy Tuohy

Lombard Street Gallery Margate Andy Tuohy Dreamland Quex Lido

Following extensive refurbishment the Dreamland Cinema building has been returned to its former glory, complete with neon signs and lighting and artist Andy Tuohy has been inspired to create this image of the building at night to extend his Thanet series.

Built in 1819 to house a twelve bell peel made at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry which was too big for the local church, Waterloo Tower in the grounds of Quex Park in Birchington-on-Sea commemorates Wellington’s men. Designer and illustrator Andy Tuohy perfectly captures the history of the tower in a new artwork available from Lombard Street Gallery, with animals from the dioramas making an appearance in the grounds.

The companion Thanet images include Lido, Cliftonville and the Broadstairs Lift.

Each image is available in an edition of 100, signed and stamped by the artist at £175 unframed and £255 framed for the Dreamland Cinema, Margate image and £160 unframed, £240 framed for the others. Take advantage of Own Art, an Arts Council initiative to spread the cost of your purchase over 10 months

United Society of Artists Summer Exhibition

Lombard Street Gallery Margate United Society of Artists

We are delighted to be co-hosting the Summer Exhibition of United Society of Artists, which will take place in our gallery and at Pie Factory Margate from Saturday 17 to Sunday 25 June 2017.
The Society is defined by a diversity and openness to ideas.  This is what makes it so welcoming to new artists and always makes for an exciting and eclectic mix of styles and media.  This exhibition is jointly hosted with Pie Factory Margate.

Any exhibition of work by UA members is always an exciting and eclectic mix of artistic media. Styles range from representational to abstraction and conceptual. UA members cover a diverse range of approaches including figurative, impressionist and expressionist. This diversity and openness to ideas is what helps to make the UA distinctive in character and so welcoming to new artists.

Nick Kelly: Fundraising Exhibition

Looking to raise money for Marie Curie, Nick Kelly will be taking part in a ten day challenge trek in the Himalayan foothills. His exhibition currently in Lombard Street Gallery, which has been created over a period of 8 months during walks along the Kent coast, will play a major part in raising funds for the charity event. This is an opportunity to acquire a Nick Kelly original work at a very special price for a very special cause and was given a great start with the launch event on Saturday 8 April…thank you to all who came along and Isle Magazine, the Thanet Extra, The Isle of Thanet News and BBC South East for the articles, helping to bring people through the door…

Lombard Street Gallery Nick Kelly Marie Curie

Fiona Fouhy: Exhibition reviews

The exhibition currently in the Gallery – Fiona Fouhy: Explorations in Chalk has received reviews from Thanet Extra and Printmaking Today

Lombard Street Gallery Margate Fiona Fouhy Printmaking Today magazine

Fiona Fouhy: Artist Talk

There are just a few tickets left for this event…Fiona Fouhy will be in the Gallery on Saturday 11 March from 2.30 to 3.30pm to discuss her new exhibition Scratching the Surface: Explorations in Chalk – this is a FREE TICKETED event – so please reserve your place here.

Read more about the exhibition, talk and associated walk here

Lombard Street Gallery Margate Fiona Fouhy discosphaera