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All over the world, towns and cities are turning to culture to rejuvenate ailing urban centres with art and museums. Margate in Kent is one of them, and it is also a test case for the declining seaside resort. What does it have to do to prosper in times like these?

Until recently, one-third of Margate’s shops were vacant. There were 800 empty properties and 20% unemployment. But a lot of effort has gone into changing that.

Margate has exploited a local connection with the 19th Century painter JMW Turner and built a new £17.5m art gallery, opened in 2011. It also has plans to rejuvenate a heritage amusement centre.

Victoria Pomery, director of the Turner Contemporary, arrived on the project in 2002 – long before the gallery itself was built. Before that she had worked for years at the Tate Liverpool.

Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23686246

Chris Sabian is a portrait artist with http://www.kutefineart.com and owner of http://www.paragonprints.co.uk

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