The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, unveiled the new design of the £20 note featuring the artist JMW Turner. The ceremony took place at Turner Contemporary in Margate. A feature on the note is a depiction of the popular gallery designed by the British architect David Chipperfield. The large see-through window with a blue and gold foil on the front illustrates Turner Contemporary and the Margate lighthouse, among other elements associated with the artist. The new £20 note will be issued for the first time on 20 February 2020.
Our banknotes celebrate the UK’s heritage, salute its culture – Mark Carney
Victoria Pomery OBE, Director of Turner Contemporary said: “We are thrilled to feature on the new £20 note which centres on Turner Contemporary’s namesake, JMW Turner (1775 – 1851), who was a regular visitor to Margate in his lifetime. Turner’s legacy runs through everything we do – from our architecture, to our world-class programme of contemporary and historical exhibitions to our work with children and young people. Turner Contemporary has been the catalyst for social and economic regeneration in Margate. As we approach our 10thanniversary, we remain committed to ensuring that our work continues to transform people and place in exciting, ambitious and innovative ways.”
Commenting on the new note, the Governor said: “Our banknotes celebrate the UK’s heritage, salute its culture, and testify to the achievements of its most notable individuals. And so it is with the new £20 banknote, featuring JMW Turner, launched today at Turner Contemporary in Margate. Turner’s contribution to art extends well beyond his favourite stretch of shoreline. Turner’s painting was transformative, his influence spanned lifetimes, and his legacy endures today. The new £20 note celebrates Turner, his art and his legacy in all their radiant, colourful, evocative glory.”
This extraordinary moment builds on Turner Contemporary’s success so far. After just 8 years of successful operation, the gallery has established an international profile as well as connecting with thousands of individuals that have never visited a gallery in their lives before, locally and nationally. It has driven significant economic impact, injecting over £70million directly into the Kent economy and 3.3million visits since 2011, far exceeding the initial projections of 150,000 visits per year.
Beyond this, over 100,000 local children and young people have connected with its learning programme to date. This autumn every year 7 pupil in Thanet will visit the gallery as part of their transition to secondary school. Soon, a whole generation will not know life without access to an internationally renowned gallery and creative opportunities, on their doorstep. As it builds towards its 10thanniversary, Turner Contemporary continues to rely on sources of public and private investment to sustain its work; inspiring transformation through art, creativity and innovation.
Turner Contemporary has a longstanding association with JMW Turner. Internationally renowned architect David Chipperfield designed the iconic building that now features on the new £20 note. Sited on the spot where Turner stayed in Margate, from the windows, you can see the skies that he famously called “the loveliest in all Europe”.
The gallery is currently hosting the prestigious Turner Prize 2019 exhibition, named after the artist, as he had wanted to create a prize for young artists in his day. Every other year the prize leaves Tate Britain and is hosted at a venue outside of London. Turner Contemporary is the first venue outside of London to have hosted the prize to have a direct connection with JMW Turner.
Turner Contemporary in Margate is one of the most distinctive galleries in the UK; its impact stretches beyond culture-led regeneration and the showcasing of world-class exhibitions, to pioneering change by making the arts more vital and connected to daily life.