Published: 20:12, 19 November 2019
| Updated: 10:29, 25 November 2019
Artist Tracey Emin gave her heartfelt backing to the bid for the Turner Prize to come to Margate, gallery owners have revealed.
The artist sent a personal letter to prize organisers as part of the Turner Contemporary's successful bid to host the world renowned prize.
The work of the four shortlisted artists is now on display at the gallery, with the winner due to be announced next month.
In her personal letter, which was sent with the bid back in 2017, she described her vision for it coming to the town.
“It was a stormy windy night in November. Paparazzi, journalists and news agency’s stood in the blustery winds as the waves crashed over the harbour wall. The Turner Prize was finally coming to Turner country," she wrote.
"Margate was a buzz of excitement. Every guest house and hotel was full. Pop-up restaurants and bars had appeared overnight. The old town shops proudly stayed open to show how cool their vintage wares were... The Turner Prize was back to its glory days."
She told organisers how she saw the Turner Contemporary gallery as the perfect venue, due to its size and scale, and location - Margate is where artist JMW Turner, who the gallery and the prize are named after, made his home.
She also wrote: "From a personal point of view I would be very proud to see Margate the town host the Turner Prize to show what a positive effect art can have on the whole community.
"I think it's an absolutely fantastic idea and even though I never won the Turner Prize, of course I would be more than happy to support this venture in every way I could."
She announced last year she is relocating her studio to Margate from London after submitting plans to Thanet council.
The Turner Prize winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, December 3.
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