Tempo para Respirar (Breathing Time)

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Tempo para Respirar (Breathing Time) , 2012 Studio Shot © Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery
Tempo para Respirar (Breathing Time)

CT9 1HG Margate
September 14th, 2012 - March 17th, 2013
Opening: September 14th, 2012 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

United Kingdom
01843 233 000
Tuesday to Sunday and bank holidays 10am-6pm.

The second artist commission for our Sunley Gallery is Tempo para Respirar (Breathing Time) by
Brazilian artist Maria Nepomuceno.

From Friday 14 September to 24 March 2013, Nepomuceno’s exuberant installation will fill the double-height ground floor gallery.

This new work, Nepomuceno’s most ambitious to date, brings the energy and colour of Brazil, with its many cultures, colourful carnivals, and dramatic rainforests, into this inspiring space that overlooks Margate seafront.

Nepomuceno uses traditional Brazilian craft techniques, weaving straw, stringing and piling beads, and sewing brightly-coloured ropes into draping coils and flower-like forms. She also incorporates ceramics and shiny over-sized beads.

Be a part of this immersive environment, whether it be sitting amongst the work’s many colours and textures, hearing the sounds of Brazil emerging from the work, or relaxing in a hammock looking out to sea, or taking part in the many projects and workshops we have at the gallery this summer/autumn (see below for details). 

Help create this spectacular new artwork

In late August and early September, Maria Nepomuceno will be at Turner Contemporary creating her new work, and there are a number of ways opportunities for visitors, artists and craftspeople to get involved: 

Maria’s Studio
Every Tuesday and Friday 28 August –11 September 
1- 4pm, free drop in

Twice a week, visitors can join series of workshops run by Maria Nepomuceno where they can see how her work is made and help create and thread clay beads that will form part of the installation. Everyone is welcome to these free workshops.

Community Rope Exchange
24 - 31 Aug, Tues to Sun 10am – 6pm Turner Contemporary
In order to complete her artwork, Maria Nepomuceno needs rope. She wants to include ropes from the local area among those she will bring from Brazil. Please bring your spare ropes of any size to the Information Desk at the gallery during the week of 24 August (or to Ramsgate Harbour during the Summer Squall on 26 Aug, 12pm) and exchange them for colourful new Brazilian ropes. 

Maria Nepomuceno Studio Group: Artists/Craftspeople wanted
Tues 28 / Fri 31 Aug, Tues 4 / Fri 7 / Tues 11 Sept
11am - 1:30pm, Clore Learning Studio

Introductory session: Saturday 25 Aug 11am - 12:30pm, Clore Learning Studio
In addition, Turner Contemporary is inviting local artists and craftsperson to join Maria Nepomuceno’s Studio Group. Participants will meet Maria and learn about her work and techniques, help create elements of the commission and become caretakers of the work after Nepomuceno leaves Margate. The Studio Group will continue adding to the piece grow right through to late November. 

Activities principally include beading and sewing, and basic sewing skills are required. Contact Lauren at for more information.

The gallery will be closed on:

Monday 17 December
Christmas Eve (24 Dec)
Christmas Day (25 Dec)
Boxing Day (26 Dec)
New Year’s Eve (31 Dec)