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Still life in Margate

Old Kent Market, Margate, Kent, January 2020

This delicious still life gives plenty of clues as to the sort of stalls you’ll find inside the Old Kent Market. And there’s a definite suggestion of Old Dutch Masters in the style of this bold mural, making a strong contrast with the works on display at the Turner Contemporary gallery just along the road.

It is the work of a local artist, DAART, based just along the coast in Deal. The mural is inspired by a piece by the well known still life artist, Jan Davidszoon de Heem, ‘Still Life With Lobster‘ and was created n 2015.

The Old Kent Market opened in 2016, reviving this beautiful old building, that was once the Parade Cinema. It brings a vast array of eateries and other stalls to Margate’s seafront.

The building has been lovingly restored to show off its history and heritage. The old theatrical faces on the frontage have been given new life and colour, and now happily watch over the many visitors to this popular location.



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 18 May 2020

Enjoying street art has become a regular event on my travels around the world: more of my findings can be seen here
For even more art, pop over to see Sami at Monday Mural

Post updated with artist details, 7 August 2021

17 replies »

  1. We enjoyed our visit last year and the indoor market was fascinating. Sad that some of the town is so in need of tlc. Rubbish overspilling onto the streets was also a shame- for the people who live there. It has so much to offer and let’s hope it continues to be up and coming for the residents.

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    • Funnily enough I have never been in it. I pop down there a couple of times a year for a wander, visit the gallery and the walk along the coast to Broadstairs (or the other way round). When I took this shot earlier this year I was dashing back to the station for the train home.
      And yes, the rubbish problem is very annoying – the longer it is left the more target it is for the seagulls! I’m hoping the place can pick itself up and recover after lockdown – the staycationing trend should be good for them.


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