Tracey Emin sends handwritten invitations to people of Margate
ARTIST Tracey Emin has written a personal letter to thousands of households in Margate to invite them to her homecoming exhibition.
The handwritten note, delivered to addresses in the CT9 postcode, reads: "If you haven't been to the gallery yet, you should. It's fantastic and free to get in. I really hope you can come."
It ends: "Hope you have a brilliant summer, love Tracey."
Tracey's exhibition She Lay Down Deep Beneath The Sea opens tonight with an exclusive launch party. Tracey asked actor Christopher Biggins to officially open the show and other celebrities are expected to attend.
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It promises to be a family affair with Tracey's twin brother Paul and mother Pamela, a Cliftonville resident, reportedly among the guests.
Although born in Croydon, Tracey grew up in Margate and lived in the town until the age of 24, when she left to study at the Royal College of Art in London.
She Lay Down Deep Beneath The Sea will run until September 23.
Tracey's work will sit alongside erotic Turner works and Rodin's The Kiss.
The gallery advises adults to use discretion when visiting with children as the free exhibition explores sensuality and contains work of an adult nature.
Tracey is a patron of the gallery and her neon installation I Never Stopped Loving You adorns Droit House next door to the gallery.
Tracey, who has earned an international reputation as an artist, has designed an official Olympics poster and the cover of the new pocket London Underground map.
She is professor of drawing at the Royal Academy and represented Britain at the 52nd Biennial in Venice.
In an interview with the Isle of Thanet Gazette earlier this month, Tracey confessed she was nervous about opening her exhibition in Margate.
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."