On the 25th of March, Tracey Emin opened TKE Studios and the T.E.A.R. artist residency in Margate to the public. So with an invite, I took a day trip to the seaside to witness the event and meet the artists holding a space in the studios.
At the opening at 11am, Tracey Emin appeared dressed as the Freewoman of Margate, which she was appointed in the Summer of 2022. She spoke about her journey, her will to help emerging artists and to restore Margate. The studios in fact are built in a renovated ex morgue — but she will not stop here. During her speech, Tracey mentioned how her future projects involve turning a ruined building on the shore into hot showers for swimmers and surfers, saunas, and cafes - ‘instead of having some developers make some new apartments out of it’ she mockingly added.
It is evident that helping the community where she grew up and young artists is at the core of Tracey Emin’s future endeavours. As the speech and celebratory music terminated, visitors were allowed in the building to roam freely and chat to the artists.
The participating artists at the studios are Ghazaleh Avarzamani, Kim Booker, Laura Footes, Jack Hirons, Jon Key, Jarrett Key, Jose Campos (Studio Lenca), Lindsey Mendick, Vanessa Raw and Mercedes Workman.