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Margate's Tracey Emin confirms plans to move to Kent from London

Margate's favourite artist Tracey Emin has confirmed she will be moving back to Kent.

Despite living and working in east London for many years, Emin - who was brought up in Margate - will be moving back to the county as she is unable to expand her art studio in Spitalfields.

The 54-year-old came back to her hometown in May to switch on the lights at the Dreamland re-opening.

Artist Tracey Emin
Artist Tracey Emin

Speaking to KentOnline at the time, she said: "I think Margate is changing.

"It's a place where young people want to come, young people want to live.

"We've got to get cheaper rail fares, that's what has got to happen. It's got to be subsidised. It has got to happen."

Tracey Emin at the Dreamland opening in May
Tracey Emin at the Dreamland opening in May

In an interview with the Guardian, she said she was searching for somewhere on the Kent coast where she grew up and confirmed plans to ditch London for Kent.

This has led to speculation that she may be heading back to her hometown sometime in the near future.

Her controversial My Bed installation is set to be displayed alongside a collection of JMW Turner’s work at the Turner Contemporary from Friday, October 13 until Sunday, January 14.

This month, Emin donated four original postcards to be auctioned off to raise money towards to re-opening of the Margate caves.

She was one of 80 artists to donate works, and more than £7,000 was raised at the auction on Saturday.

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