In summer 1913, French artist Marcel Duchamp spent a number of weeks in Herne Bay as a chaperone to his younger sister Yvonne, who was taking a course in English at Lynton College. 1913 was a significant year in Duchamp’s development as an artist and may be said to have marked a turning point in his work.
August 2013 marks the hundredth anniversary of Duchamp’s stay in Herne Bay and we want to see this event marked in a variety of different ways. The town’s reputation as an artistic centre is growing, along with that of the whole North Kent Coast, and as part of this movement a Duchamp celebration would be a fantastic way to promote our vibrant town, during its busiest summer months. We think this will not only attract local attention but also draw visitors from the rest of Kent, London and the South East as well as giving our town great positive publicity to rival that of our neighbours.
Bayguide are organising a three week Duchamp centenary celebration in Herne Bay in August.