THE TiINA TURNER PRIZE
The Tiina Turner Prize has been launched by Dreamland Margate, with support from Studio Tac, to create a brand new piece of public art for the vintage amusement park in the run up to the Turner Prize 2019 exhibition
It is hoped that the Tiina Turner Prize will act as an alternative but complimentary attraction for Margate during the famed Turner Prize exhibition, which is being hosted in the town in 2019.
Artists submitted proposals for a piece of public art to adorn Dreamland’s Mural By The Sea billboard, overlooking the park and its 500,000+ visitors a year
The below shortlist is now open to the public vote to find our winner. VOTING IS NOW CLOSED
1) JACK CANT
For this design I was inspired by the new Tina Turner inflatable head and how almost cartoon she looks with emphasized features. I replaced her microphone with a Mr Whippy ice cream as a small nod to Margate. I decided to use soft pastel colours to mimic the dreamy sunsets you often see and I also added a few of Margates well known buildings.
2) MEGAN METCALF
I am delighted to propose ‘Simply The Legs’ for the mural by the sea to compliment Cool Shit’s inflatable Tina Turner Head.
We’ve got Tina’s head already in town so with my idea I wanted to celebrate Tina’s wonderful, infamous legs. To also convey her and our creative communities energy and spirit along with references to Margates’ glorious sunsets all with a strong environmental conscience and message too.
The creative and the wider community here in Margate has a particular passion for the conservation of our coastlines and this message comes through in our creative escapades all the time. I wanted to build this in to my piece by creating the image of Tina’s legs with a dramatic iconic Margate sunset as the backdrop using foraged plastic and recycled material.
It will be simply the legs!
3) KAVEL RAFFERTY
Kavel has used old postcards of Margate, Dreamland and the Main Sands as inspiration for this piece of work, to be situated at Mural By Sea.
Using cuttings, found from discarded magazines, avoiding text and images, Kavel has used the negative spaces around these elements to find blocks of colour. The shapes are therefore random, she has then used these pieces to compose an abstract image in response to the postcards and her love of Margate. A creative jigsaw, which will be transformed to the large scale using paints and vinyls. Some small sections of the original postcards will be printed on vinyl and included in the artwork. Kavel will use a grid to transfer the image onto the board.
The piece is colourful and positive, hopefully reflecting the ever changing weather and light in Margate, the energy of the people, the town and the sea that are such an integral part of living here.
THE TIINA TURNER PRIZE commission
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The Tina Turner Prize head art work is made by Cool Shit, Danger Dave, Cool Shits Founder had this to say:
In 2013 we realised the world was missing something, a giant inflatable sculpture of Lionel Richie’s Head. Ambitious as it might sound, we decided to fund this crazy idea on Kickstarter. And it worked!
We backed it up with full print Lionel Richie tees as prizes. The internet went crazy. The campaign was successful and the orders continued. We kept making tees until Lionel lawyers kindly asked us to stop. Sorry Lionel.
But it was too late. Cool Shit was born and we’ve been making inflatable sculptures and limited edition capsules from our studio in Lisbon ever since.
Our work has been featured in the Paper Magazine, Vice and The Guardian. Our sculptures have been exhibited in New York, Miami Beach, London, Paris and we continue to travel.
THE TURNER PRIZE
One of the best known prizes for visual arts in the world, Turner Prize 2019 is coming to Turner Contemporary in Margate.
Every other year, the prize leaves Tate Britain and is presented at a venue outside London. Four of the most exciting artists working right now are shortlisted to win the prize based on an outstanding exhibition that has taken place in the previous year.
300,000 visitors are expected to visit the exhibition.