The Dreamland Trust is delighted to open this year’s RIBA Love Architecture Festival, 21-30 June 2013, in Margate with an exhibition celebrating the work of designer and colourist, Walpole Champneys (1879-1961), whose mural and decorative schemes adorned the interior of the 1934/35 Grade II* listed Dreamland Cinema and Sunshine Café, Margate.

A Cinematic Vision: Walpole Champneys and the Lost Dreamland Mural opens at 11am-5pm on Saturday 22 and runs until Sunday 30 June at the Pie Factory Gallery, Broad Street, Margate CT9 1EW and is one of a number of events being organised by The Dreamland Trust as part of the RIBA Love Architecture Festival.

Walpole Champneys was the commissioned Interior Consultant for the Dreamland Cinema building.  He worked closely with architects, Julian Leathart and F W Grainger, at a time when sumptuous interior decoration of cinema buildings was the norm; the Dreamland Cinema building is an important example of that contemporary mood. In the Swedish Grace style, the work has both art deco and constructivist influences and reflects the immersive experience of cinema-going as an ‘other-world’ event of the 1920s and 30s.

Co-curated by artist Dawn Cole and designers Lindsay Marsden and Jenny Duff, the exhibition will feature original works, images and documents from the Champneys Collection, including Walpole Champneys’ studies for decorative panels within the Dreamland Cinema, alongside archive images of the Sunshine Café and the 40ft mural painted by Walpole Champneys (images supplied by RIBA). The question remains as to whether this mural does still exist, hidden beneath layers of paint just waiting to be rediscovered once restoration of the Cinema building begins…


As part of its festival, the RIBA is holding a Sandcastle Challenge on Margate Sands, CT9 1HX on Saturday 29 June. Families, groups of friends and even architects are invited to take up the challenge to build Margate’s best ever sandcastle!

Whether you are a budding young sandcastle designer or someone with a little more experience; or whether you are part of a team or plan to go solo, this will be your chance to show off your sandcastling skills. The judges include the Mayor of Margate and award-winning designer, Wayne Hemingway MBE, designer for Dreamland. Prize categories include:

  • Tallest sand structure;
  • Most technically daring;
  • The peoples’ choice;
  • Curiosity (Turner Contemporary prize);
  • Mayor’s prize.

The Sandcastle Challenge starts at 10am. Judging at 2.30pm and winners announced 3pm. Registration and entry free but you MUST book in advance.

We’re gonna win – we know the judge!!

Contact event organiser, Emma Hardy, at or by telephone on 0118 987 4900.


After judging the Sandcastle Challenge on Saturday 29 June, Dreamland designer, Wayne Hemingway, will talk about the vision for Dreamland in the Pie Factory Gallery, Broad Street, Margate CT9 1EW at 3.45pm.

We are thrilled to have the multi-disciplinary, award-winning HemingwayDesign team on board to bring forward the overall design scheme and branding for the forthcoming revival of one of the UK’s best loved amusement parks.

Their impressive track record spans urban design, regeneration, fashion, seaside heritage, vintage culture and festivals – a perfect match to The Dreamland Trust’s vision for the world’s first amusement park of thrilling historic rides and a snug fit for Margate’s creative and vintage vibe.

This is the first time Wayne has talked about the vision for Dreamland at a public event in Margate, so we anticipate a lot of interest. This is a free event, with no booking required – but do come early to avoid disappointment!

Following on from Wayne’s talk will be an ‘in conversation’ event at 4.30pm until 5.45pm also at the Pie Factory Gallery between Walpole Champneys’ granddaughter, Jacqueline Maynard; Richard Gray, The Dreamland Trust specialist on architectural history of theatres and cinemas; and Architect and Lecturer, Sam Causer. Another free event – places available on a first come basis.

For venue details and opening times visit the Pie Factory Gallery website at


On Sunday 30 June at 5pm and 8pm The Dreamland Trust closes the Love Architecture Festival with a cinematic fundraiser generously supported by the British Film Institute and hosted by the Carlton Cinema, Westgate-on-Sea CT8 8RE

This Grade II-listed building was commissioned by Sir William Ingram in the Swiss gothic style with barley twist chimneys, dragons on the roof, cockle shells pressed onto the frontage and angels in the plasterwork depicting scenes from the local story of Domneva who quenched a murderous family feud with a bet – she set her pet deer free and won all the land it covered in its travels including Westgate-on-Sea. Originally built as a town hall in 1909 the Carlton cinema has had several incarnations before becoming a cinema in 1912. It now has 3 digital screens and is much loved and supported by the community.

O Dreamland

Lyndsay Anderson’s ground-breaking 1953 documentary short film of the Free Cinema Movement – a highly influential film movement in British cinema history, which gave way to the British New Wave in the late 1950s and early 60s commonly known as Kitchen Sink Realism. 11minutes duration, certificate unknown.

Tomorrow Calling

A short film adaptation of William Gibson’s The Gernsback Continuum. Bill is shooting architectural photographs of ‘futuristic’ buildings of the 1930s for a coffee table book, but as he frames up a deco bingo hall, a vast airship looms overhead… starring Colin Salmon, Don Henderson and Toyah Wilcox. 12 minutes duration, certificate 15.

The Draughtsman’s Contract

Peter Greenaway’s feature film set in a country house in 1694 (filmed at Kent’s Groombridge Place). A member of the landed gentry, Mrs Herbert, signs a contract with the draughtsman, Mr Neville. They agree that he will produce twelve drawings of the estate in return for bed, board and a sexual liaison with her, for each drawing produced. Certificate 12.

There are a limited number of seats available tickets at £15 per person includes original, limited edition Dreamland commemorative screen print by Margate based artist, Nick Morley, who recently designed the book cover for Hitchcock’s Vertigo as part of the BFI’s series on classic films – see his work here; booking is strongly recommended. All proceeds go towards rebuilding Dreamland Margate.

Our grateful thanks go to the British Film Institute, the Carlton cinema and Nick Morley for supporting this event.

For venue details and bookings visit the Carlton Cinema at

For information about other festival events taking place in Margate and across the UK visit the RIBA Love Architecture website at


Exhibition volunteers and invigilators required for the Walpole Champneys exhibition in the Pie Factory Gallery, Margate, 21-30 June 2013. Full briefing will be given and per diems paid.

Contact exhibition curator, Dawn Cole, at

We are pleased to offer a Media/Marketing/Events internship over a 12-month period with immediate start.  This would be ideally suited to someone coming to the end of their studies in a related subject who would like to work alongside us in the following areas:

  • Social media;
  • Website;
  • Visual document production;
  • Events and activities;
  • Quarterly magazine.

Over the 12-month period our intern will receive one day media/marketing placement with our partners at their headquarters – these include:

  • HemingwayDesign;
  • Red Bull Records.

We are able to cover per diems, travel away from base and out-of-pocket expenses agreed in advance.

Anyone interested in this opportunity should email:

Jan Leandro at and include a CV and person profile.


We are proud to be backing East Kent’s campaign to become the City of Culture in 2017! A successful bid would have a huge positive impact on East Kent.

The focus is ‘A City Imagined’ (yes, we know it’s not a city, but hey!). East Kent has inspired many creative and cultural pioneers, such as Dreamland’s circus impresario, ‘Lord’ George Sanger; Margate’s painting master, J M W Turner; Ramsgate’s gothic architect and designer, Augustus Pugin; Canterbury’s film maker, Michael Powell; and writers including Chaucer, Dickens and Fleming to name a few…

The shortlist will be announced on 19th June so we have a few days to show our support by backing the bid; it takes moments – just visit or

Thank you!


The Dreamland office will be closed for several days in June whilst we install a new comms system. All enquiries will be answered as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and patience!


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