At The Violet Hour exhibition in Nayland Rock attracts hundreds of visitors in first opening days

Nayland Rock Hotel Photo Mel Chennell

An exhibition at the Nayland Rock Hotel inspired by modernist poet TS Eliot has attracted more than 1200 visitors in its first five days.

At The Violet Hour, curated by Chiara Williams and Shaun Stamp, is part of the Journeys with The Waste Land programme which comprises a major exhibition at Turner Contemporary and 30 separate displays and events throughout Margate.

Some 23 local, national and international artists focus on myth, gender and facets of the self for At The Violet Hour within the rooms, spaces and grounds of the Grade II listed Nayland Rock Hotel.

Recalling Eliot’s own convalescence in Margate in 1921, some of the works in the exhibition are being created during short artist residencies held at the hotel, alongside a number of specially commissioned, site-specific works responding directly to TS Eliot’s poem The Waste Land against the backdrop of the hotel’s heritage; its faded grandeur, peeling wallpaper and artexed surfaces.

The exhibition includes a programme of events: talks, performances, tours, and workshops and runs until March 11.

Opening times are 11am to 6pm Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.