Tracey Emin’s New Years resolution is to start her own art school in Margate (no smoking or loud music)


Tracey Emin has bigger plans for the New Year than any of us.

The artist, who recently overcame a fear of cancer, now wants to turn the British seaside town of Margate into an artists’ paradise with an art school, residency program and a ‘mini-museum’ dedicated to his work .

In an interview with the Time, Emin revealed that she bought an old mortuary that she wanted to redevelop into 30 studios for art students enrolled in a new program she plans to create.

“People will have to apply, and there will be very strict rules,” she told the Time. “No subletting, no tobacco, no loud music.

As part of the program, the school, which will be called TKE Studios after its own name (Tracey Karima Emin), will regularly require students to exhibit their work to the public.

“So there’s like this constant intellectual rigor,” she said. “People cannot just be passive.”

Tracey Emin Studio. Photo by Carlos Dominguez Photography.

Emin also wants to encourage working artists to settle permanently in Margate, where she grew up and returned to after her mother’s death, through a residency program.

For three or four months in a row, she wishes to welcome artists whom she hopes will fall in love with the city and decide to stay there.

“So it’s about organically creating the right place for the right people,” she said.

Last year, Emin told Artnet News his vision for Margate was inspired by Donald Judd’s transformation of Marfa from a small ranching town to a mecca for the visual arts.

“If you go somewhere and see his works exhibited in really crappy ways or those stupid ways, you feel a little bit disappointed, but when you go to Marfa there are no mistakes,” a- she said of Judd. “That’s exactly how he wanted it to be seen.”

Having moved to Margate, she now expects that upon her death her properties will be turned into a museum to house her work and her extensive archive of 30,000 photographs, 2,000 works on paper, 500 framed drawings and paintings. books that will form a library research.

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Kayleen C. Rice