Former Thanet Press site joins Margate’s vibrant arts scene

Man In The Mouth Of The Cave - Carl Freedman Gallery

Warehouse has been transformed into a gallery and studio space

In 2016, art dealer Jonathan Viner bought a 1960s warehouse in Margate for £635,000. At the time, he was not entirely sure what he would do with it. Fast-forward three years and part of the former Thanet Press site has been turned into a gallery while another section has been bought by artist Tracey Emin for use as a studio and will open later this year.

Carl Freedman, an art dealer and friend of both Viner and Emin, bought a 10,000 sq ft section of the building from Viner and opened his eponymous gallery on 25 May. Freedman’s space also includes a workshop for his Counter Editions print publishing business and an apartment for visiting artists.

“[Viner] didn’t have any specific plans for the building but I was looking for somewhere to expand Counter Editions,” says Freedman. “I looked in London initially but finding a 10,000 sq ft industrial unit is very difficult.

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