Tracey Emin- “Late Night at the Creative Quarter”
The Truly Confessional Girl, “Our Tracey” In her Home Town” Margate, unveils her new Sculpture a new pink neon sign for the front of Droit House-Margate.
Tracey Emin struts her stuff on Broad Street Margate’s old town in amongst fellow Artists in her home town of Margate, to an audience of around a thousand people as Margate welcomed her back to her Childhood home.
For those that turned up to watch her unveil her new work the neon sign and at times quite emotional , no doubt as difficult memories came to mind given she describes her youth as horribly misspent or in night clubs, a pink neon sign on the harbour side building of Driot House in Margate, the sunny seaside resort where she grew up, was lit up. Written in her spidery handwriting in bright pink attached to the top of Droit house it reads “ I never stopped loving you” and refers as a defiant admission that she might well have fallen out of love with Margate long ago were it not for her love hate relationship with her parents and boyfriends she says its her love letter to the town that nurtured her during her difficult childhood years. She is proud to support Margate and hope’s to contribute to its Cultural Regeneration.
Today the harbour town is on its knees as most of the shops are boarded up and Emins presence is strongly felt as the new construction renovation of £17 million for the Turner contemporary Art gallery goes up to house the work of JMW Turner paintings with some of the wonderful Kent sea-scapes and Turner Sky paintings as he once lived in Margate. Turner Contemporary is due to open next year 2011, with a major solo show by Tracey Emin. The effect to bring back some of those bright lights and glamour and vibrancy of Emins Childhood days, that promote Margate in a new era of regeneration and prosperity. Inspiring future generations of Artists and bring investment to a Cultural Creative quarter for Kent’s international quarter , of England and Ashford’s International Euro-star rail links to the heart of Europe.
Tracey Emin was born in London 1963 to an English mother and Turkish Cypriot father her upbringing was in Kent, she went on to study at Maidstone College of Art and then onto the bright lights of London at the Royal College of Art . After two abortions and destroying all her work in a skip, she gives up art; she sets up with artist Sara Lucus a shop in 1993. She appeared very drunk on a channel 4 interview in 1997, and Charles Saatchi buys the Turner prize nomination Art work “my bed” for £150,000 . In 1997 she represents Great Britain at the very prestigious Venice Biennale, and is made a Royal Academician and honorary doctorate from The Royal College of Art. In 2008 The Scottish National Gallery of Moderns Art held a retrospective exhibition.
So the bright pink neon Lights has become the new signature material for Margate harbour town and inspiration from the signs of the past that used to be used to light up the golden mile.
Written by Juliette Goddard MARCA – On Margate Harbour sea front.
Margate’s Creative Quarter
Turner Contemporary Art opens Margate 2011 –www.turnercontemporary.org
Visitor’s information –“I never stopped loving you” neon on the exterior of Droit House will be lit Daily from May 1st 2010.
An associated exhibition in Droit House opens May 1st -20th June Wednesday –Sunday 10am -5pm Admission Free Droit House Stone Pier Margate.
Other Art Galleries –Old Town gallery –www.oldtowngallery.co.uk
1-3 Broad street Margate Kent
The Pie Factory Creative Spaces – Artist Studios 56 Broad Street Margate.
Ingoldsby Gallery –www.ingoldsbygallery.co.uk 2 Lombard street Margate.