Art places & Galleries in Margate

Our makers are very passionate about what they do and they are really inspired by being in a place like Margate, where you can find a range of spaces for art.

We asked our makers where their favourite places to see art or creativity in Margate. And here’s their top three!

The Turner Contemporary Gallery, which at the moment has an amazing exhibition called Animals & Us (until 30 September). This well-known gallery is now emblematic of Margate, a landmark one could say.

The Turner has a mix of international work on display, as well as themes inspired by it’s location.

There are also more galleries around Margate where you can work by local artists, all of them have free admission and it’s a great way to get to know the town.

The Pie Factory building was used to produce pork pies and sausages, and now is a great art space, located in Broad Street in the old town.

Image The Pie Factory website

Lovelys Gallery, (Cliftonville), here you can get art supplies and use their framing service,  as well as a see exhibitions by Thanet and east Kent artists. Lovelys has been open since 1891 and it’s still run by the same family.


Another cool space in Cliftonville is Viking Gallery, apart from exhibitions they have classes and workshops and you can hire the space for events. In an earlier life the building was used as a Turkish Bath and the old iron furnace with its red frontage has been retained to remind us of the history of the building.


The Viking Gallery. Image from Tripadvisor

Other galleries located in the old town are Margate Art, Lombard Street Gallery, Eclectic Art Gallery and King Street Studio & Gallery – this gallery shows local artists, has classes and workshops and has a tea room. Also in the Harbour Arm you find the Margate Harbour Arm Gallery.

If you don’t live in Margate we really recommend coming and visiting the town galleries’ and if you are a local go and have a look, the exhibitions constantly change and you can always find something new.

Why not combine coming to our Margate Made event on July the 14th with visiting some of the places on this list?

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