• josh at droit house
  • big heads in the workshop
  • tracey and turner on margate seafront
  • Josh and his Big Heads in France
  • josh in margate high street
  • tracey emin big head
  • josh at droit house, margate
  • josh's awakening
  • josh's awakening at droit house
  • the big heads in the high street
  • following josh to margate old town

josh the margate giant

Josh the Margate Giant was commissioned by Turner Contemporary as part of their ongoing audience development programme. The giant's personality, which reflects Margate's seaside traditions of funfair, smuggling, and holiday escapism, grew out of consultation with local people, hundreds of who joined in the programme of outreach and open days.

Josh, was named by the townsfolk, after the famous smugglers cove, Josh Bay, just along the Margate coast. The big head companions make reference to Margate seaside history, and are based on artists Tracey Emin and JWM Turner in the guise of Punch and Judy. Tracey Emin has told us her mum sent her a picture of her Big Head from the local paper, and she thought "it was great".

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Commissioned by Turner Contemporary, Margate.

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