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UpDown Gallery, opened in November 2012, is one of Kent’s premier commercial gallery.Kate Smith portrait

Based in the town of Ramsgate just along the coast from Margate’s prestigious Turner Contemporary, UpDown Gallery occupies Satis House, a former Victorian home that has been transformed into a stunning 2,000sq ft exhibition space.

Owned by curator and director Kate Smith, UpDown Gallery hosts exhibitions featuring the best of modern and contemporary British, European and American art. Past shows have featured works by artists including Bridget Riley, Sir Peter Blake, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Sir Howard Hodgkin and Piers Secunda.

Smith returned to Kent following more than a decade working at the forefront of the International art scene in leading galleries in London and New York.  She is determined to build upon the growing reputation of the South East and particularly East Kent as a location for culture and the arts following the opening of the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, Eastbourne’s Towner Gallery, De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill on Sea and Margate’s Turner Contemporary.

“The flexibility offered by a privately run gallery means we will change exhibitions more frequently, keeping the freshness and vibrancy that exists in many London galleries. We are in a great position to be able to host some great shows by leading artists as well as ‘up and coming’ names who are producing some really exciting art. This is a great opportunity to establish Kent, Thanet and Ramsgate as a leading destination for art.” Smith said.

“Entering UpDown Gallery is like walking through a portal to a New York Gallery” – STATE Magazine 2014

“World Class”  - The Guardian 2015

UPDOWN GALLERY WILL BE OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY IN 2016

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APRIL EXHIBITION: Black & White And Gold 1st April – 30th April OPEN: Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm

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