Friends excursions: Turner Contemporary ‘Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’’ exhibition

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Thursday 3 May 2018

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Margate's shelter.

Photo by Thanet District Council, courtesy of Turner Contemporary

We visit the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate to view a major exhibition exploring the relationship between T. S. Eliot’s seminal poem and the visual arts, and enjoy lunch in the Foyle Rooms at the gallery overlooking the sea.

Eliot arrived in Margate in 1921 at a crucial moment in his career. Writing shortly after the end of the First World War, Eliot was physically and mentally fragile. He stayed for a few weeks and worked on his poem The Waste Land while sitting in the Nayland Rock Shelter above Margate Sands. The world beyond Eliot mirrored his fragile state, reeling and recovering from the devastating effects of the war. Eliot was one of a new generation of writers, artists and musicians that emerged in its wake. The Waste Land quickly became recognised as one of the most important works of the 20th century and it continues to resonate with literature and the visual arts today. This exhibition at Turner Contemporary includes works by major 20th century artists alongside historic pieces, contemporary works and new commissions.

Our visit includes a short introductory talk by the exhibition’s curator, a guided tour of the exhibition, and a private lunch at Turner Contemporary. There will also be time in the afternoon to visit several associated off-site exhibitions including Postcards from Margate 1921, an exhibition at Margate Museum giving a flavour of Margate at the time T. S. Eliot visited. You will also have time to see several of the exhibitions of contemporary works in galleries and cafes around Margate that have been created to compliment Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’.

Read The Observer’s four-star review of Journeys With The Waste Land at Turner Contemporary.

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Thursday 3 May 2018


Meet RA representatives and the coach on Piccadilly outside the RA. Please note the coach will depart promptly at the time given on your ticket.

£90. Includes coach, coffee/tea and biscuits, 2-course set lunch with glass of wine

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