Tracey Emin has been selected as the next artist to be commissioned for St Pancras International’s Terrace Wires – the station’s public commissioning programme for new artwork by leading international artists.
Emin’s I Want My Time With You, 2018, will be unveiled at St Pancras International station on the morning of Tuesday, 10 April 2018
This year marks the sixth year of the Terrace Wires commission at St Pancras International and is the fourth year of the station’s public sculpture series in partnership with the Royal Academy, which has so far included artworks from Cornelia Parker RA with One More Time in 2015, Ron Arad RA’s Thought of Train of Thought in 2016, and Conrad Shawcross’ The Interpretation of Movement (a 9:8 in blue) in 2017. It also marks the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts and the 150th anniversary of St Pancras International station.
Tracey Emin’s 20-metre-long artwork will be suspended above the Grand Terrace in front of the DENT London clock, hanging on wires from the station’s Grade 1 listed Barlow shed roof. The roof itself was a marvel of engineering when it was built in 1868, and today the stunning location offers an exciting juxtaposition between new and old, guaranteed to catch the eye and imagination of the public. The installation will be the largest text-based work Emin has made to date, and will remain on display until the end of the year.
Terrace Wires is a highly visible programme for public art, offering 50 million travellers each year the chance to experience the latest contemporary art as they pass through the station. This partnership between the Royal Academy of Arts and HS1 Ltd. builds on the shared belief in the values of bringing art to the community. The commission is the Royal Academy’s only external public sculpture series in London and is free to view.
Tracey Emin was born in London in 1963, and studied at Maidstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. She has exhibited extensively internationally, including solo and group exhibitions in Holland, Germany, Japan, Australia and America. Most recently, Emin’s work has been shown in the following solo exhibitions: The Memory of Your Touch, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels (2017), Surrounded by You, Château La Coste, Aix-En-Provence, France (2017), I cried because I love you, Lehmann Maupin and White Cube, Hong Kong (2016), Angel without You, Miami MoCA, Miami (2013) and a major survey exhibition Love Is What You Want, Hayward Gallery, London (2011). She has also entered her work into a series of acclaimed dialogues with the work of past masters she admires, most notably: Tracey Emin, My Bed / JMW Turner, Turner Contemporary, Margate (2017), In Focus: Tracey Emin and William Blake, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool (2016), Tracey Emin and Francis Bacon, Tate Britain, London (2015), Where I Want to Go, with Egon Schiele, The Leopold Museum, Vienna (2015). Tracey Emin represented the UK at the Venice Biennale in 2007 with the exhibition Borrowed Light, and was elected to the Royal Academy in the same year. In 2011, she was appointed Professor of Drawing at The Royal College of Art, London, and in 2012 Queen Elizabeth II appointed her Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her contributions to the visual arts.
Photo: P C Robinson © Artlyst 2018