An Emin-ent artist's show
TRACEY Emin is an internationally renowned contemporary artist who is professor of drawing at the Royal Academy and represented Britain at the 52nd Biennial in Venice.
But in Thanet she's our Tracey; a down-to-earth local lass made good who has never forgotten her roots.
On Saturday, May 26 she returns to Margate with an intensely personal show created for her home town and the Turner Contemporary gallery – of which she is an avid supporter.
Her show She Lay Down Deep Beneath The Sea will be officially opened by Christopher Biggins, who has been invited particularly by Tracey because she thinks his fun, lively personality is particularly appropriate for Margate.
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She has said that she "still can't really believe" she's showing in Margate.
"Even in my wildest dreams I could never believe there would be a gallery like Turner Contemporary there.
"So on one level I'm really chuffed and excited but on another I am as nervous as hell.
"The brilliant thing about Margate is it's one hour from London on the train, so I'm hoping lots of people will come and visit not just my show, but the beautiful sunsets and sandy beaches."
The Isle of Thanet Gazette asked her about the show, She Lay Down Deep Beneath The Sea: Tracey Emin At Turner Contemporary, and how she feels about coming home.